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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!

Lucy Gittins, Procurement Account Manager

As the newest recruit to the Minerva team, Lucy joins us from a catering and facilities management background. Having previously worked for both contractors and consultancy services within the education industry, she brings tender management and operational experience.

She is a self-confessed ‘foodie’ who loves cooking, long walks with the dog and settling down to a good book.

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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  • I would like to express our gratitude for all the work that your colleague, Lucy Smith, has done on the grounds maintenance tender at Chipping Norton School. She advised and guided us throughout the tender process, updating us when required, and ensuring that all steps were taken in a timely and efficient manner. She worked closely with our Site Manager, Steve Edwards, to produce a detailed specification of the work to ensure the tender documents covered all our operational needs a well as regulatory requirements. Lucy also arranged and conducted a site visit for a number of suppliers. The tendering process was well documented and the detailed report produced by Minerva should satisfy external auditors during the annual review of accounts and has enabled us to make an informed decision of the best company to meet our grounds maintenance needs.

    The savings by re-tendering the contract will more than offset the procurement fee paid to Minerva resulting in an overall projected savings of more than £750 over the three year period of the contract.

    We are very pleased with the experience we have had with Minerva in facilitating this important procurement process and for all the work done by Lucy to produce a successful outcome. I would happily recommend Lucy for similar procurement projects and look forward to working with her and the rest of the Minerva team in the future.

    Thank you again for providing a high standard of service.
    – Gary Kelly, Business Manger, Chipping Norton School
  • The process was very thorough and professional and saved me an immense amount of time and additional workload.
    – Jo Morsman, Business Manager, Hillside Primary School
  • I wouldn't hesitate to use Minerva Procurement Services again in future procurement projects and would highly recommend their services. Their approach to the project was outstanding and I had absolute faith in their ability throughout all aspects of the project. This was demonstrated particularly well through the excellent communication made with all participants on a regular basis. As well as demonstrating a thorough understanding of the project requirements, they also demonstrated a willingness to listen, adapt and improve their own processes. Highly recommended!
    – Mike White, Financial Controller, Bartley Green 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 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
  • Another excellent procurement project with Minerva whose specialist skills and focus mean we can achieve better and more cost effective outcomes, faster. Thanks again.
    – Dave Cobb, Business & Development Manager, Saint Cecilia's Church of England 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
  • “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 wanted to formally thank you for all the extremely hard work that you and Lucy put into supporting us through this complex process which has enabled us to secure excellent services at very competitive prices. Your tenacity and willingness to chase down every detail has made the ‘maze’ much easier to negotiate and has certainly given me a great deal of confidence that due process has been followed correctly.
    – Mary Shorland, School Business Manager, EP Collier Primary School and Nursery
    Mary Shorland, School Business Manager, EP Collier Primary School and Nursery
  • Above and beyond our expectations! When Oxfordshire academies’ business managers engaged Minerva to procure a new payroll provider, we did not expect that this would be the beginning of a strong on-going partnership. In fact the service from Minerva has been well above and beyond our expectations. It has undoubtedly been the best decision the group has made. Lorraine and her team are extremely responsive, months after the procurement element of a project has been concluded they are always happy to support us if an issue arises or to provide assistance or advice on a particular aspect of the contract or service provision. In an era of sales people who ‘over promise and under deliver’ it is refreshing to deal with an organisation with integrity and commitment that genuinely puts the customer first. I cannot recommend Minerva highly enough.
    – Alan Lane, Strategic Finance Consultant, John Mason Academy Trust

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