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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.


Kerry Shepherd

Ben Tucker


I have nearly twenty 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 a garage rock band.


Ben Tucker

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. 


Outside of work I am a member of a community choir and a trustee for a local charity supporting young adults with learning disabilities.


I joined Minerva in 2014 as an Executive Assistant and Project Administrator.



Natalie Chapman

Rebecca Jones


I joined Minerva in 2018, having been a Senior Consultant within the Higher Education practice at Harvey Nash. Prior to Harvey Nash, I worked at Korn Ferry, and have extensive experience in Executive Search across both the public and private sectors.


I have a BA, BEd (Hons) and a Masters in Public Administration from Flinders University.


Originally from Australia, I've lived and worked in Sydney and Wales. Outside of work I enjoy travelling and road trips in my Series One Land Rover.



Efrat Danon


I joined Minerva in 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.


Efrat Danon

Kellie Horner


I joined Minerva in 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.


I am also an Associate Member of the CIPD, having successfully completed the level three foundation certificate in HR general practice.


Kellie Horner

Ilona Maglia


I joined Minerva in 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.


Ilona Maglia

Vivien Bateson


I joined Minerva in 2018 and have a background in communication and public policy. Prior to joining the Minerva team, I worked in the Communications Office at Central European University in Budapest, as well as carried out research for the Scottish Government's Digital Engagement Team and completed a traineeship with the European Parliament.


I hold a BA in Philosophy from the University of Southampton and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh. I am enthusiastic about travel, especially when it comes to exploring the Scottish Highlands.





Mark Chamberlen


After graduating in 1988 with a BA Hons degree in English and Drama, I have spent the majority of my career in recruitment/executive search. This included six years with Robert Walters Associates leading their global research team, and 12 years building Augmentum Consulting. Most recently I worked for CT Partners and DHR International in their European HR practices placing leaders in all areas of the HR function. As well as working with Minerva, I also run CCS, an executive coaching business.


I am a qualified business coach through Meyler Campbell, affiliated to the Law Society & London Business School, accredited by W.A.B.C and E.C.F.


I am partially sighted, a former Paralympic skier and active spokesman in the Diversity & Inclusion debate. I am a former Samaritan and trustee of ACE Africa, and a keen theatre goer and traveller.



Helen Higgins


I joined Minerva in 2018 after working in the commercial art and interiors world.


My undergraduate degree in Modern Languages from Churchill College, Cambridge allowed me to pursue my interests in art, literature and travel.


Fluent in French and Spanish, I also speak a little Portuguese and Italian. Outside of work I am a keen yoga practitioner and a dedicated cook.



Emma Jamison


I joined Minerva in 2018 after working for the BBC for 17 years as a reporter and newsreader. Prior to that I worked in commercial radio. I hold a BA Hons in Journalism.


Originally from Wales I now live in Cambridgeshire with my husband and two children. Outside of work I spend my weekends ferrying my children to various parties and sporting events, and supporting Wales during the Six Nations!




Aino Lukkari


I joined Minerva in 2018. I have a MA in Hispanic Studies and International Relations from University of Aberdeen and I have recently completed a MSc in Human Resource Management at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Originally from Finland, I have lived and worked in Scotland and Argentina, mostly working in the not-for-profit sector.

Outside work I enjoy hill walking and climbing.




Ema Tudose


Originally from Romania, I moved to the UK in 2012 to undertake my BSc in Psychology at the University of Manchester. Since then, I've had various roles, working with international NGOs and universities. I joined Minerva as a Project and Data Officer in 2018.


At the same time, I am studying for an MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism at University College London. I also love animals, so in my spare time, I enjoy observing wildlife, watching documentaries and spending time with my cat.