Susan Marks joined RSAcademics as a Senior Advisor in 2017 and brings her vast wealth of expertise and first-hand experience to the team.
Susan began her teaching career in 1995 at St. George’s College, Weybridge where she was head of Economics and Politics, and also led the college’s preparations for the move to full co-education in the late 1990s. She served as Head of two independent schools over a period of 15 years: Withington Girls’ School (HMC, GSA and IAPS) in Manchester from 2010 to 2016 and before that, Tormead School (GSA and IAPS) in Guildford from 2001 to 2010. During that time, Susan was variously, GSA Treasurer, a Director of the Independent Schools Examination Board, Chair of GSA South Central region, and a member of the joint HMC/GSA Universities Committee.
Susan also worked in corporate finance in the City for 13 years, specialising in asset finance and becoming Head of airline and aerospace lending in Europe, Middle East and Africa at Bank of America.
In addition to leading the two schools through successful inspections, Susan took Withington into membership of HMC and Tormead into membership of IAPS. She initiated major building projects at both schools, ensuring that they were completed on time and within budget. At Withington, Susan oversaw a successful fundraising programme for the new building.
Susan has been a member of the Independent Schools Inspectorate for twenty years and has been a Reporting Inspector for ISI since 2013. She is a Trustee of two charitable trusts in the field of education. Susan regularly leads consultancies on governance, regulatory compliance and educational quality for independent schools, and has advised on the appointment of senior staff. Susan has in the past been a Governor of two HMC schools and one IAPS school. She has also acted as a Mentor for new GSA Heads.
Susan is the mother of three daughters and a son, all of whom attended independent schools. She was a member of the committee which successfully raised funds to build the Stephanie Marks Diabetes Centre in Chertsey, Surrey following the death of her oldest daughter. Susan is a passionate advocate that learning should be a lifelong activity; she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Jesus College, Oxford and is now in the process of completing an MA degree in systematic and philosophical theology.
During her time at Oxford, Susan won Blues for rowing and athletics and continues to be interested in many competitive sports, though now regrettably as a spectator rather than as a participant.