The Tarka Team

Tarka is run by a team of young, charismatic professionals who are dedicated to bringing out the best in your child. All members of the team have considerable experience in both leadership and development, and look to apply these skills to the most malleable period in a child’s development. All members of our team are DBS, Child Protection, and paediatric first-aid certified.

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Oliver Holcroft

Founder

Oliver was educated at Ampleforth College and went on to spend over eight years serving as an officer in the Grenadier Guards. During this time he served on two operational tours of Afghanistan, and spent two years working as an instructor at the Infantry Training Centre, where he gained an understanding of a range of teaching and development techniques.

Since leaving the army in 2014 Oliver has gained commercial experience working for a tech start up and also in the financial services industry. His charity work includes a number of Lourdes pilgrimages, working for Missionaries of Charity in Ethiopia, and riding for the disabled in the UK. He is a keen sportsman, and loves the outdoors.

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Rufus Gordon-Dean

Founder

Rufus was educated at Harrow and Oxford Brookes University before joining the British army in 2006, where he commissioned into the Household Cavalry and went on to complete a tour of Afghanistan as well as ceremonial duties in London. He also spent two years at a training regiment, educating 40 young recruits, and ran the Eton College Combined Cadet Force for a year and a half.

After leaving the army in 2014, Rufus embarked on a career in property development but missed the challenging and rewarding nature of army life, as well as the opportunities it presented for working with young people. Tarka was therefore set up as an opportunity to go back to what he enjoys the most. Rufus loves all sports, particularly rugby, cricket and skiing. He has bicycled across the United States, completed the Marathon des Sables twice and rowed the Atlantic Ocean.

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Charlotte Hextall

Charlotte attended Edinburgh University, where she graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, before going on to complete a PGCE at Kings College, London. Whilst training to become a teacher she developed a great understanding of class management and how best to engage students in their education.

She subsequently went on to work at More House School for eight years, spending the last three of those years as the head of science, teaching both A level and GCSE Biology and Chemistry. Charlotte, having two young children, has recently decided to focus her skill set to the development of younger children, as well as spending more time with her own.

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Lucie Lambert

Lucie was educated at Downe House and Nottingham University. She went onto to pursue a teaching career; starting as an assistant at Garden House School and then as a classroom teacher at St. Thomas More Playgroup on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC. On moving back to London in 2012 she became a nanny for a family with young twins and has since started her own family.

Lucie believes hugely in the benefits of children being involved in sport and physical activities from a young age; both at home and school. She has recently completed various half marathons and loves keeping fit and active herself.

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Dr Edward Dallas BA, MA, MBBS, MRCPCH

Edward is a Paediatric Registrar who currently works in general and emergency paediatrics in a hospital in East London. Educated at Oxford University and University College London, he has gone on to spend nearly a decade living and working in starkly contrasting socioeconomic areas in England, Australia and Sri Lanka.

He enjoys and advocates a fit, active, outdoor lifestyle, and believes in the medical and social benefits it can provide to children and their development.