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.
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 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!!
Laura is the newest member of the Minerva team. She 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 OJEU 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 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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