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 governing bodies, our founder has been a primary school Chair of Governors for over 20 years and a governor for over 25, 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 being a stand-alone academy trust 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 250 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.

"As a small MAT, considering growth as part of our future vision, we undertook a "growth audit" earlier this year to see if we were ready in every sense to progress our expansion plans. The onsite evaluation and monitoring process and written feedback have been immensely valuable in shaping our strategy for the future and in providing practical help on where we needed to take action to strengthen our Trust's readiness for growth. Rigorous, robust, positive, empowering - the MAT Growth Audit from J&G Marshall has significantly contributed to our strategic vision and planning for the future; worth every penny!"

Mrs Nicki Wright, Executive Headteacher, Redditch West School Trust