Heather Styche-Patel and Claire Oulton (RSAcademics Ltd.)
Heather Styche-Patel, Head of Insight and Client Services
Heather Styche-Patel, Head of Insight and Client Services at RSAcademics, has worked in the education sector for 25 years. She has personally worked with hundreds of schools, leading large-scale projects including strategic reviews, rebranding programmes, development and fundraising reviews, and change management initiatives. Heather leads RSAcademics thought leadership research and is a regular contributor to publications and speaker at sector conferences.
Prior to joining RSAcademics, Heather worked in both the independent school and state sectors, and was Director of Marketing & Communications at the University of Surrey. Originally graduating with a degree in law and German, Heather chose to pursue a career in education management and went on to study for a Masters in Business Administration, graduating from Henley Management College in 2000. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Market Research Society.
Claire Oulton, Head of Leadership Appointments
Claire Oulton joined RSAcademics in 2015 as Head of Leadership Appointments, following a 20-year headship career. After reading History at Oxford, Claire's first teaching post was at Benenden and after four years there she moved to Charterhouse to become Head of History. In 1994, at the age of 32, she was appointed Head of St Catherine’s, Bramley (750 pupils 4-18, day and boarding) and in 2000 she was asked to return to Benenden (550 pupils, 11-18, all boarding) as Headmistress, a post which she held for 14 years. During her time as Head of Benenden, Claire helped to set up a 3-19 Academy in Ashford.
Claire has helped over 200 governing bodies to appoint Heads and Deputy Heads, as well as advising in the important area of succession planning. She is also the Series Editor of the highly acclaimed RSAcademics Ten Trends reports. In addition to her work with RSAcademics, Claire is on the Governing Body of Harrow and is a trustee for two charities, both of which support education for young people.