About Me

I am a qualified School Business Director, full member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT) and a Fellow of the Institute of School Business Leaders (FISBL). I have worked within the education sector for over 20 years and seen considerable changes over that period of time.  I have worked in primary, secondary and sixth form settings and also spent time working with the local authority education financial services department offering support and advice to senior leaders and finance staff.  In my last school setting as part of the senior leadership team I helped to take the school through the process of academy conversion to a multi academy trust as well as spending a number of years improving the site through capital bids and major refurbishment projects.


My current work includes a number of interim CFO roles in multi academy trusts. I have supported a number of individual and groups of schools through the academy conversion process, the setting up of multi academy trusts and financial reviews of recently converted academies.  There is a small selection of feedback I have received from my clients in the testimonial section below but if you would like further details please do not hesitate to contact me.


I am proud to have worked as an Associate Consultant for SBM Services (uk) Ltd and also with ISBL acting as their Associate Practitioner for the South East region from 2014 -2018

I am passionate about the role of the School Business Manager and how much expertise we can add to the senior leadership team.  Our role is always to ask if there is a better way of doing something and now more than ever is the question must be is there a more efficient way of doing something.....

I have also been both a parent and staff governor over the years and currently appointed as trustee of a multi academy trust.

Out of work I have a passion for photography and do my best to capture the natural world at its best whether that is by the sea or in the countryside.

How I can help you...


  • Strategic Financial Planning
  • Interim Business Management/CFO
  • Internal audit and financial compliance
  • Financial reviews
  • Support staff restructuring and reviews
  • Recruitment support
  • Trustee and Governor Training
  • Support staff training
  • Conference speaking
  • Academy Conversion and due diligence



"You have given us fantastic support as we have taken our first steps as a trust.  Any successes that we have in the future will be shared by you."

Chair of Greenwood Tree Academy Trust


'Thank you so much for working with us this year, your knowledge and experience has been invaluable and your support and friendship fully appreciated'

Finance officers - Greenwood Tree Academy Trust


'I think Jill is marvellous and was privileged to have recruited and worked with her for a number of years. I would entirely trust her with an academy conversion or running a school, or better a group of schools. She was always the ultimate professional'

Capt P Quinn, OBE. Previous Chair of Board of Directors, The Catholic Academy Trust in Havant


'Thank you so much for all your invaluable support and advice over the past 10 months.  We couldn't have done it without you!'

Leadership Group - Heath Academy Trust


' Your support, patience and understanding has been endless, you have always been there for us steering us in the right direction and we will all miss you'

Finance Officers - Heath Academy Trust


'If you think you are too small to make an IMPACT try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.....'                                         Nigel Risner


Coronavirus information

I wish to advise all my clients that in accordance with guidance issued on 16.3.20 I have made the decision to work from home as much as possible. Whilst I appreciate schools are currently open as usual I need to reduce the risks of exposure for family members who fall into the vulnerable category. I appreciate your understanding and if you wish to discuss further please do not hesitate to contact me.

In a climate of shrinking budgets efficiency and effective use of resources are key.  For more information about efficiency toolkits or help with an efficiency review or staff restructuring please contact me.

'Head in the direction of where you want to arrive, every day' 

Rule 3

Taming The Tigers

Jim Lawless

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