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About Minerva

As procurement specialists in the schools sector Minerva offers a unique service to academies, maintained and independent schools.  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.

Contact us today to see how we can help you.

Our Main Contacts

Lorraine Ashover, Director

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 Whittaker, Tender and Compliance Manager

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.

Donna Purton, Tender and Compliance Officer

Donna joined Minerva in 2018. Donna’s private and public procurement experience has been gained working for a multi-disciplinary consultancy for the oil and gas industry. Her early career provided experience of Facility Management within the educational sector.

When not at work Donna can be found on very long walks with her four legged friends or watching wildlife programs or watching her favourite sports: rugby, football and tennis.

Plum Garland, Executive Assistant

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 Simper, Work Experience Girl

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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  • “Lorraine works in a very efficient and professional manner, and she has secured considerable cost savings for my school. We particularly like the ‘unpushy’ approach. Having known her for several years I have no hesitation in recommending Lorraine and her service to any other school.“
    – Alastair Graham, Headmaster, Hall Grove School
  • I cant thank you enough for the the professionalism of Lorraine and Nathan. Given the extremely tight time schedule to complete the cleaning procurement, the whole process was handled brilliantly from start to finish. Thanks again.
    – Glynn Porter, Estates and Assets Manager, Swindon Academy
  • “…the procurement exercise has generated significant savings for the College.
    The College obviously has to ensure that all suppliers are covered to work with children and Minerva was able to ensure the suppliers have relevant cover. Minerva provided support throughout the process and was available for interviews and meetings to ensure the decision making process was made simpler.
    The work Minerva completed for the College enabled us to review all proposals in a very clear manner and was instrumental in making sensible decisions on the projects. I would have no hesitation in recommending the services of Minerva for future procurement in the College or for other businesses.”
    – Derek Fargher, Financial Controller, Bradfield College
  • This was our first experience working with Minerva and I've been very impressed and I know that other SBMs in Gloucestershire who were involved have also been very pleased with the outcome of the tender exercise. There was very little work required of us and Lorraine and her team have clearly spent a lot of time on the exercise and produced a very detailed report for each school involved, with some very positive outcomes.
    – Martin Doidge, Director of Finance and Administration, Cirencester Deer Park School
  •  “I have referred a number of our independent school clients to Lorraine at Minerva. The schools have been delighted with the innovative approach Lorraine has taken to finding cost reduction solutions and some very significant savings have been made. Lorraine has great specialist skills in this sector and a very positive approach to helping clients – she is a joy to work with.”
    – Mike Farwell, Charities & Education Partner, James Cowper LLP, Accountants & Business Advisors
  • I engaged Minerva after working with them as part of collaborative procurement process for broadband as our school is doubling in size this year. One area that required attention was the cleaning provision. We had 2 cleaners through the Local Authority and I wanted to investigate the options of outsourcing the contract. Lucy and Lorraine met with me to discuss the plans and to understand our requirements. The tender documents were produced which included fine detail such as specifications, insurance levels and company resources. A site visit and presentation day was arranged which enabled us to meet the potential suppliers and to build the all-important relationships. Lucy kept me updated throughout the process which resulted in me being able to make the decision, before needing to give termination notice to end the current agreement.
    I’m very happy with the outcome of the tender. Minerva have guided us through the procurement to ensure we are compliant and that we obtained the relevant information from the suppliers.
    I would recommend Minerva without hesitation and I look forward to working with Lucy and Lorraine again in the near future.
    – Mary Shorland, School Business Manager, EP Collier Primary School and Nursery
    EP Collier Primary School
  • Minerva understood the requirements of the Aylesbury Vale Academy very clearly and completed the exercise in a very objective and professional manner. Because they understood our needs, the specification was as relevant as possible and we believe that the process has delivered the most optimum outcome in terms of selected providers of our services.
    – Hans Copas, Finance Director, Aylesbury Vale Academy
  • “I cannot speak highly enough of Minerva Procurement and of Lorraine Ashover and her colleagues. I have been most grateful for the advice and help given in renegotiating better deals on everything from utilities to stationery with copiers, printers and postage in between.
    Lorraine is a delight to do business with and her cheerful and professional manner are always reassuring us that we are in safe hands.
    You have nothing to lose and everything to gain; I can highly recommend Minerva Procurement to you.”
    – Tanya Hutt, Bursar, Lyndhurst School
  • “It is now a month since the outcome of the negotiations that Minerva undertook on behalf of the School and that the resulting transport contract has been in force.   Can I firstly say a very big thank you for the time you personally put in to obtaining the baseline information and the comparison of services and costs and briefing me on the results.  The quality and standard of the groundwork and the final report was first class and exceeded all my expectations.   As a direct result of your involvement we now have a supplier who meets an agreed and realistic specification, with proper terms and conditions in place, at a very acceptable price.  I genuinely sleep much sounder at night knowing that this area of school operations is assured.
    As I said at the time, if it hadn’t been for Minerva I would still be using an unsatisfactory service provider, simply because I did not have the time available nor the necessary expertise to review and revise the situation I had inherited.  Once again – thank you – and please stay in touch.  If required I would unreservedly recommend Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services Limited for similar projects.”
    – Roger Walker, Director of Operations , Notting Hill & Ealing High School
  • I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide a letter of recommendation for Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services Ltd. We began our association with Lorraine Ashover, their Director, a little over 7 months ago and whilst our association has not been that long her company has always provided us with a high quality and first rate service at competitive rates.

    In particular Lorraine has enabled the College to make significant savings on our utility contracts, our reprographic function and most recently our franking machine contract. Her attention to detail when listening to our needs, identifying appropriate solutions and then presenting her findings has been exemplary. Her Procurement Audit Reports are comprehensive, free of industry jargon and identify the costs and savings involved with both current providers and proposed alternatives in a clear and unbiased fashion, leaving us free to make our own judgement on which proposal best suits our needs.

    Minerva’s ‘after-sales’ service has also been excellent. Lorraine runs her firm with integrity and skill and she herself is friendly, approachable and highly professional. She is readily available by both phone and email and her response to any concerns or queries has always been timely. For example, we experienced ongoing problems with the suppliers of one of our gas contracts, however having contacted Lorraine the whole matter was taken out of our hands and, most importantly, she worked with them on finding the best solution for us. Problem solving is an extremely time‑consuming and costly activity, and to be able to confidently pass this over to someone else in the sure knowledge that they are serving their customer’s best interest at no additional cost, has been a great bonus.

    The industry knowledge demonstrated by Lorraine and her team at Minerva has I am sure been the reason why they have been able to achieve such successful outcomes on our behalf, their business terms are straightforward and transparent, and I would recommend their services to you without reservation.
    – Robert Lougee, Bursar, Salesian College Farnborough Limited

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