As procurement specialists in the schools sector Minerva offers a unique service to independent schools and academies. We understand that schools have their own distinctive characteristics and challenges and use our knowledge to meet your specific needs.
Our audit process combines information on cost reduction opportunities together with advice on improving your school's purchasing practices.
With a ‘no savings, no fee’ guarantee Minerva can give you peace of mind that engaging us is financially risk free.
At Minerva we stand for the traditional values of openness, honesty and integrity. Our aim is to provide you with a commercial solution whilst maintaining a personal relationship enhanced with a large dose of enthusiasm for what we do!
We really are passionate about helping you to save money and develop robust purchasing strategies for your school.
Lorraine Ashover is Managing Director of Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services Limited. Fulfilling a long-standing ambition to be her own boss Lorraine set up Minerva in 2010 in direct response to feedback from the school bursar community and helps schools reduce cost, streamline procurement practices and save time.
The company looks after many independent and academy schools and manages significant spend on behalf of clients. Prior to setting up Minerva, Lorraine worked for Barclays Commercial for 20 years, the last seven of which were as an Industry Specialist in the education sector. When not working Lorraine runs after her daughter Maisie, escapes into a good crime novel and bemoans the demise of her beloved Nottingham Forest!
Nathan joined Minerva in May 2016. Nathan possesses six years of procurement experience in a number of sectors including education, healthcare, social housing and the private sector.
From his previous roles Nathan has worked with schools on procurement projects covering many different categories from small purchases all the way up to large OJEU tenders for school consortiums.
When not at work Nathan can most likely be found in the outdoors travelling or hiking in one mountain or another both in the UK and abroad.
Kerry joined Minerva in March 2017. Kerry has had an extensive career within the procurement and purchasing industry, both in the UK and Australia. She has worked in the private, and public sectors, and has procured services on behalf of the UK Nuclear Waste Executive, UK electricity generating industry, and the Victorian Government in Australia.
Upon returning to the UK, Kerry has most recently been working in a local primary school, and has first-hand experience in relation to the challenges experienced within the UK education sector. She is committed to helping schools achieve greater value for money within their procurement spend, and passionate about easing pressure on budget constraints.
At weekends, Kerry is either getting up in the wee hours of the morning to watch her cherished Australian Rules Football team (St. Kilda), or out exploring the many wonderful cities in the UK and Europe.
Plum joined Minerva in May 2015. Previously Plum worked at a London University and, prior to that, at a Local Authority. From her previous roles, Plum brings experience of supporting busy people with busy calendars, whilst trying to keep the office running smoothly.
When not at work, Plum can usually be found watching rugby, covered in paint and glue making something crafty, or clutching her Kindle.
Maisie joined Minerva in 2016. Maisie has lots of knowledge and can work under pressure. She is ready to help in all situations. Whether the work is hard or easy she pushes though to find a solution. Maisie is there to help the business. She is part time and when she is off she reads, does Sudoku and word searches and also does arts and crafts.
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