Leadership appointments London


Ben Tucker

I have nearly fifteen years' experience in search, focused on organisations with a social mission.  I worked for over seven years' with both Saxton Bampfylde and then Heidrick and Struggles, where I was Partner in the Education and Social Enterprise Practice, prior to co-founding Minerva.   My experience includes advising on the appointments of Vice-Chancellors, Chief Executives, Chairs and Board Members and a broad range of other roles.


I studied Classics and English at Keble College, Oxford and then undertook an MSc in Organisational Behaviour at Birkbeck, University of London.  Outside of work I am leader of an urban folk band.


020 3714 0961

Ben Tucker

Kerry Shepherd

I am an experienced search consultant. Before co-founding Minerva, I spent nine years at Heidrick and Struggles.  I have led searches to fill senior leadership positions for a wide range of organisations primarily in the Education, Global Development and Charity sectors.


I spent the first five years of my career as a Translator, first for a small agency in Bonn and then at Cartier International in Paris.


I completed a BA in Modern Languages at Selwyn College, Cambridge and an MA in Interpreting and Translating at the University of Bath. I also have an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University.


I spent nine years living and working in France, Germany and the US, and speak French and German.


020 3714 3477

Kerry Shepherd

Natalie Chapman

I have a background in Human Resources, having worked for Coopers and Lybrand in both London and Moscow. 


More recently I have been a director of a small niche retail business in the marine sector. 


I also have experience with MenCap supporting adults with learning difficulties. I joined Minerva in Spring 2014 as an Executive Assistant and Project Administrator.


020 3714 0963

Natalie Chapman

Efrat Danon

I joined Minerva in September 2016. I have a background in recruitment, customer service and sales. I have an MA in Gender studies from UCL and a BA in Literature and Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University.


I am a native Hebrew speaker. Outside work I like to write and have published three fiction books in Israel.


020 3457 4447

Efrat Danon

Juana Espasa

I joined Minerva in December 2014. I have extensive international experience in the fields of conservation and in aid and development, having worked as a forestry advisor and as an evaluator for a number of international organisations and institutions in Latin America, Europe and Africa.


I speak fluent Spanish, French, and conversational German and Portuguese, with considerable experience in project management across different cultures and working practices.


020 3714 0962

Juana Espasa

Kellie Horner

I joined Minerva in September 2014 from the Medical Research Council in Cambridge where I handled a large staff TUPE project.  


Over the last three years my role has expanded and, as well as providing project support on client searches and general diary management and PA support, I am responsible for running day to day operations including SAGE payroll, benefits and general HR activities including pension administration.





020 3714 0964

Kellie Horner

Ilona Maglia

I joined Minerva in May 2017.  I have extensive experience in executive search working for companies such as Korn Ferry, Heidrick & Struggles, DHR International and Highland Partners. My background is in English as Foreign Language Teaching in Poland and Italy.


I have a BSc in Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London and BA in English Language Teaching from University of Kielce in Poland.


020 3714 0965

Ilona Maglia

Valentina Serra

I joined Minerva in July 2017. I began my professional experience in the not for profit sector, working for the International Longevity Centre UK as Research Assistant and for the Planet Earth Institute as Communication and Events Manager.


Prior to joining Minerva, I was Head of Research at the executive search firm Perrett Laver, working on Board, Chief Executive and Senior Administrative appointments within the Global Development, Sustainability and Non-Profit Sectors.


I have a BA in Political Science and an MA in Comparative Politics and Institutions from the University of Milan and an MSc in Government, Policy and Politics from Birkbeck, University of London.


020 3887 2811

Valentina Serra

Sacha Trimbee

I joined Minerva in March 2016, having worked for Heidrick & Struggles for over ten years, where I was a member of the firm’s Global Consumer Practice.  I successfully executed a wide-range of senior level Executive and Non-Executive assignments, spanning several functional disciplines including Chief Executives, General Management, Marketing, Sales and Operations. 


I have worked extensively across oil & gas, passenger transport, travel, leisure and hospitality, retail, FMCG and charity sectors working for public, family and private/PE backed companies.


Prior to moving into executive search, I spent four years within the conferencing and workplace solutions industry.

I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA Honours Degree in International Management with French.  In my spare time, I am a keen tennis player having played at county youth level.  



020 3457 4556

Sacha Trimbee

Dara Walsh

I joined Minerva in December 2015. I previously worked at Heidrick & Struggles and Perrett Laver in London, where I focused on senior executive level appointments in the global development and higher education sectors.

I have held positions at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Department of Health, and ICF International in Washington, D.C., and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in London.

I have an MSc in International Health from George Mason University, and an MSc in Demography and Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I have conversational French, Spanish, Thai, and Moroccan Berber. I am passionate about all forms of racquet sports, in particular, Real Tennis. 


020 3793 6311

Dara Walsh

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