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.
Our Main Contacts
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!
Steve Parker, Procurement Account Manager (Consultant)
Steve has spent over 35 years in Procurement in a variety of industries all of them highly regulated so he is very familiar with that type of process control. He has successfully managed both service and product contracts in the past. This is his first venture into the Education sector but he will bring a wealth of experience from the other sectors he has worked in to help guide projects through successfully.
When not at work, he loves pretty much all sport but particularly Rugby, Football (Liverpool) and as many games of golf as he can fit in, even though his scores can fluctuate quite wildly!!
Ben Jones, Procurement Account Manager
Ben is our newest recruit and has previously spent the last 25 years in the Consumer Electronic industry, managing projects, building relationships and following regulations. Ben is now applying his extensive private sector experience in the education sector.
Whilst not at work, Ben enjoys playing 5 a-side (even at his age) playing 8-ball pool in a district league and ferrying his son around with his numerous clubs, activities and sports.
Laura Tesh, Tender & Compliance Officer
Laura has previously worked on the supplier side of tenders in the oil and gas industry. Laura is currently studying for her Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) qualifications and with a keen interest in PCR procurement, she is a great addition to our team.
When not at work, Laura can be found baking cakes, supporting Portsmouth Football Club and loves all things active including: running, cycling and netball.
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.
Plum is a rugby and Formula 1 fan, and likes to spend her free time doing arts and crafts. However, as the proud parent of a toddler, free time is a thing of the past. Most weekends are now spent with Charlotte, trying not to be buried under piles of Duplo, reading countless board books, and singing 'Hop little bunny, hop hop hop...'
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 studies (a lot!) and gets involved with theatre performances.
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The Minerva Team are excellent from start to finish! They are one of few companies who continually exceed expectations!
“Lorraine and the team were superb throughout. They were the clear choice at the start based on the costs and the explanation of the support package on offer. We have been delighted with the management of the process throughout, even on a very tight timeline we managed to secure both catering and cleaning contracts in a cost effective manner. Lorraine was always good to work with, I trusted her guidance at all times and never felt pulled or pushed in any particular direction, it was always about what was best for our school. The outcome of the process is that we have two new companies that we believe will benefit our school and its students greatly over the coming few years. I would recommend Minerva to colleagues without reservation and have already done this on a number of occasions. We will definitely use Minerva in future.”
“Lorraine and her team provided invaluable support for this process, which was challenging for a variety of internal factors. Minerva were flexible and accommodating despite our challenges and I am confident in the result we achieved.”
“I would use no one else but Minerva.”
“Another successful procurement project. We now have a cleaner building at lower cost with a responsive and professional contractor.”
Extremely happy with the service which was always very professional and smooth. Our Audit Committee were very complimentary. Would definitely recommend Minerva to others.