Obituary: Hedley Marshall

Arthur Hedley Marshall, businessman: born Chinnor, Oxfordshire 6 July 1904; City Treasurer, Coventry 1944- 64; Chairman, Royal Institute of Public Administration 1952-53; Senior Research Fellow in Public Administration, Birmingham University 1964- 74; Chairman, Committee on Highway Maintenance 1967-70; Visiting Lecturer, City University 1977-83; married 1933 Margaret Longhurst (died 1987; one son); died Canley, Coventry 15 January 1994.

HEDLEY MARSHALL was an outstanding leader in local government, public finance and public administration from the 1940s to the 1970s. His achievements were equally exceptional in a career as a professional local government finance officer, as a public administrator advising government, and as an academic.

Marshall was the son of an itinerant Methodist minister, the Rev Arthur Marshall. He was educated at schools in Gloucester and Bilston, at Wolverhampton Grammar School and the London School of Economics.

Marshall was City Treasurer of Coventry during challenging rebuilding years, from 1944to 1964, having been Deputy City Treasurer since 1935. Previously he had served Wolverhampton, Reading, Stockport and Woolwich Councils. Professionally and academically, he equipped himself in the early years of service by qualifying with the Institute of Municipal Treasurers and Accountants (first place) in 1930, as a member of the Society of Incorporated Accountants and Auditors (1934).

He set demanding standards for himself; always planning for the years ahead for Coventry, for public finance and for local government. He was an outstanding leader in an unusual way. He was not physically overbearing. He had the presence of a kindly, ever-lively professor or of a flute player in a world-class orchestra.

As City Treasurer of Coventry he attracted some of the best young people in the public finance profession. He delegated responsibility to them. At the same time, he led the reform of education and training of the Institute of Municipal Treasurers and Accountants of whose council he was a member from 1946 to 1964 and its President in 1953. His efforts contributed to the foundation of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

His work on the wider public administration scene was no less impressive in its scope and volume. He was adviser to the Sudan Government in 1948-49 and to the Government of British Guiana in 1955.

His analytical and intellectual approach led him to a second career, as an academic. He was a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, from 1962. He served the Royal Institute of Public Administration. After retiring as City Treasurer of Coventry in 1964, he became a Senior Research Fellow in Public Administration at Birmingham University and helped to establish the Institute of Local Government Studies. He wrote and lectured extensively and was the author of Local Authorities Internal Financial Control (1936) and, with JM Drummond, of Consolidated Loan Funds of Local Authorities (1936).

Music and musical journalism was more than a recreation to Hedley Marshall. He was an accomplished pianist, and his house was a centre for amateur music. He played a part in specifying the organ for the new Coventry Cathedral. He was the erudite music critic of the Coventry Evening Standard for 30 years from 1946, writing under the pseudonym 'MML' ('Municipal Music Lover').

PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £35000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

HR Advisor - North London / North West London

£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Advisor - North London...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £32000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

HR Advisor - North London / North West London

£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Advisor - North London...

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?