About Us

J & G Marshall Ltd is a company created to help schools not just understand the academy conversion process, but to navigate successfully and effectively through it.

Our approach is, however, based on more than just the outcome. As nearly all J&G Marshall staff sit on Trust Boards and governing bodies, our founder has been a primary school Chair of Governors for over 20 years and a governor for over 28 and is also MAT Trust Member, we see the process from the point of view of the schools, not the policy makers.

We appreciate that there is lots of conflicting information about academy conversion. We know that trying to determine whether your school should consider creating an academy trust with other schools or be part of a larger MAT poses questions that most school leaders have never had to face.

What schools need is independent advice that enables and facilitates them to make the right decision for their school, and then guidance as to how to make that decision a reality.

With over 270 academy conversions to our name, J & G Marshall has that expertise.

Furthermore, our support grows with you. We have the credentials and experience to help MATs grow and flourish. We can highlight your strengths and signpost areas to develop before they become critical concerns. This understanding is a vital part of a healthy academy trust.

Our aim is to be a long-term partner, allowing educationalists to focus on outcomes, and our team of experts to ensure the framework is in place for your school and MAT to flourish.


About Jeff Marshall


Jeff Marshall has been Chair of Governors at a primary school for well over 20 years and has over 26 years experience in finance.

J & G Marshall Ltd was established when Jeff was deciding on his school’s own future. The school was one of the first primary schools in the country to convert, and governors were keen to use the Academy Conversion Grant to support education outcomes, not just transfer fees.

Since then, Jeff has been designated a Reviewer of Governing Bodies by the National College of Teaching and Leadership and a National Leader of Governance. He is not only a Trust member at his school but also at a Multi Academy Trust. Jeff is MD of Marshall Professional Development, a CPD, training and coaching company working predominantly in schools and Trusts. He is also a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute and a Fellow of The Chartered Management Institute.

"A professional, supportive and friendly conversion service! Jeff and his team were always available to answer any questions, however big or small and to offer advice and guidance whenever required. They supported me (as head teacher) and the governing board through the academy conversion process from start to finish in an understanding and clear way. I can't recommend them enough!"

Steve Martin, Headteacher, Goldenhill Primary School