Finding an outstanding financial and operational leader for your school

Whatever the shape, size and structure of your school, we approach each project with the same determination, commitment and attention to detail.

Our network across the education sector and beyond, both in the UK and globally, is unrivalled. We have an informed eye for the best talent and the best up-and-coming talent. We nurture rising stars as well as experienced, successful Bursars.

We know who is looking for a first role, or a new role, and who is not looking but could be the ideal person. Our search strategies are ambitious, far-reaching, persuasive and bespoke to your needs. Candidates trust us, talk readily to us and listen to us.

Please contact Nina Lambert, Head of Bursar, Marketing & Development Search, at

Our service

Our service covers every stage of the process, from an initial visit and detailed consultation with all stakeholders to designing the candidate brief, to pre-interviewing the candidates and recommending the best to you, to assisting at Governors’ long list and short list interviews, advising on safeguarding, right through to the offer and announcement.

We remain at your side at every stage. We stay very close to the candidates too, reassuring, encouraging and addressing concerns, so that there is the best possible likelihood that your chosen candidate will accept the post with delight.

Our approach

We put together a team of three to work on each appointment: a Senior Advisor, a Lead Search Consultant and an operations team member.

Our Senior Advisors are former Bursars with a distinguished track record of success. Now trained in the skills of consultancy, search and selection, they combine lived experience of their own specialist area, with advanced dexterity in questioning techniques. They bring a deep understanding of the subtle nuances of leadership, a hawk-like ability to spot potential and an eagle eye for weaknesses. They appreciate that a successful school is also a successful business.

Our Search Consultants are experienced professionals trained in the science and art of search. They bring a deep understanding of schools and candidates. Our network across the education sector means our contacts reach into every independent school in the country, many maintained schools and all the major ones internationally. Beyond schools, our influence extends to higher education, finance, education technology, charities, law, industry and commerce, the armed forces and healthcare.

The operations team provide operations and administrative support at every stage of the process, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and efficiently.

Our team

Meet the people who make it happen

A highly successful team with 100+ bursar, finance and operations appointments completed to date

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Equality, diversity & inclusion

Promoting diversity and inclusion in schools

We encourage applications from under-represented groups for all positions advertised.

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View a small selection of our completed appointments

01.Prep & Junior Schools

  • Farleigh School – Director of Finance and Operations  
  • Bute House School – Director of Finance and Operations  
  • Cumnor House School – Bursar  
  • The New Beacon School – Director of Finance and Operations 
  • Pinewood School – Bursar  
  • Homefield Preparatory School – Bursar 
  • Davenies School – Bursar  
  • Twyford School – Bursar  

02.Senior Schools & All-through Schools

  • United Learning –  Director of Finance – Independent Schools  
  • Rossall School – Chief Financial Officer  
  • Stephen Perse Foundation – Chief Financial and Operating Officer 
  • Repton School – Chief Operating Officer  
  • Ampleforth College – Bursar/Chief Operating Officer  
  • Alderley Edge School for Girls – Director of Finance and Operations 
  • Giggleswick School – Bursar/Chief Operating Officer  
  • Queen Anne’s School – Director of Finance and Operations 
  • Manchester High School for Girls – Director of Finance and Operations 
  • Malvern College – Finance Director  
  • Withington Girls’ School – Bursar  
  • Reading Blue Coat School – Bursar  
  • St Helen & St Katharine School – Director of Finance and Operations  
  • Brighton College – Operations Bursar  
  • City of London Freemen’s School – Bursar  
  • Emanuel School – Bursar 
  • Colfe’s School – – Bursar  
  • The Mill Hill School Foundation – Director of Operations and Director of Finance  


"This is the third time we have used RSAcademics for senior appointments and each time we have been presented with candidates that we could not have reached without their network."

John Light, Chair of Governors, West Buckland School

To discuss the needs of your school

Email Nina Lambert, Head of Bursar, Marketing & Development Search, at

Call Nina on +44 (0) 1858 383179