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Our Team

 

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

Mary Stuart

 

Mary Stuart has had a long career in Higher Education covering most academic roles. She spent 15 years at the University of Sussex moving from a lecturing role to becoming Pro Vice Chancellor for Students and Professor of Continuing Education.   In 2005, she moved to Kingston University as Deputy Vice Chancellor and in 2009 was appointed the Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, UK. At Lincoln she led the transformation of the institution from 2009 to 2021.  Alongside her leadership experience Mary has a long track record of researching and writing about Higher Education.  Mary also contributed to and supported the UCL/Institute of Education’s Higher Education MBA from 2014-2018.   

 

She is also a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at La Trobe University, in Australia, Visiting Professor at the University of Sussex, a member of the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Policy Institute and is a Director of the UPP Foundation and of the National Centre for Entrepreneurial Education. 

 

Mary Stuart

Sarah Campbell

 

I joined Minerva after moving from Australia to the UK to complete my Masters in International Political Economy at King's College London. I did my undergraduate degree in Communications in Sydney.

Like all Aussies in London, I like to spend my weekends travelling as much as I can and exploring coffee shops around London when I can't! 

 

Sarah Campbell

Emily Berman

 

I graduated from the University of St Andrews with a joint honours degree in Philosophy and French, which included a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris, focusing on both analytical and continental philosophy.

 

A proud Boston native, I now have roots in Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

A lifelong love for learning as well as my experiences studying in the UK and abroad drew me to working in the higher education sector. I'm happiest traveling spontaneously, learning languages, meeting new people, or, ideally, doing all at once!

 

Emily Berman

Anastasia Bhagwat Shah

 

Having previously worked in an education focused charity in Medellín Colombia, I saw first hand the transformative effect of good educational leaders.

 

I joined Minerva after completing my Masters in Social Anthropology from SOAS. I am a native Gujarati speaker and passionate about diversity and inclusion.

 

Outside of work, I enjoy playing with my cats, dancing, reading and travelling.

 

 

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

Tom Cheater

 

Before joining Minerva, I worked at Milton Abbey School as a Resident House Tutor and Learning Development teacher. After graduating, I worked for 3 years as a location scout in and around London before becoming TEFL-qualified in 2017 and teaching English in Kyrgyzstan and South Korea.

 

I have a degree in Japanese from SOAS, University of London, stemming from a lifelong interest in languages. I’m also a keen photographer and cyclist and ideally spend my weekends doing a combination of the two.

 

 

Tom Cheater

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

Hermione Dowling

 

I  joined Minerva after graduating from Cambridge with an MPhil in Classics. I also did my undergraduate degree in Classics at King’s College London. My focus was on Greek tragedy and comparative literature.

 

Before Minerva, I was the President of KCL’s Hallyu Society, which fostered a love of working in people-oriented roles. In my spare time, I enjoy dance, and have performed at the Barbican. I can also be found reading, writing and researching odd historical facts.

 

Hermione Dowling

Prudence Fuller

 

Before joining Minerva, I worked as a Personal Assistant in educational settings including the University of Cambridge and The British Racing School. This developed my passion for education, and I completed my certificates in Education and Training so I could tutor students in English and Maths.

 

I have a BA in Medieval History from the University of Lampeter in Wales.

 

In my spare time I enjoy visiting museums and reading about history, spending time with my family and I have a love for running and strength training. 

 

Prudence Fuller

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.

 

Helen Higgins

Juhi James

 

I joined Minerva after completing my undergraduate degree in Classics from Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

 

Before joining Minerva, my interest in education led me to tutor both in the UK and abroad. This experience in primary and English as a second language teaching has further grown into an interest in widening participation in Higher Education. 

 

Outside of work, I enjoy playing squash, running and reading.

 

Juhi James

Matthew James

 

I joined Minerva after completing my undergraduate studies in History at the University of Birmingham, as well as my master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Bristol. I take a keen interest in History, Politics and Policy. 

 

Outside of the office I enjoy running and playing social rugby- emphasis on the social! I can also be found both failing to learn German and unwinding with friends.  

 

 

Matthew James

Connor Jennings

 

I joined Minerva after completing a Masters in Anthropology and Development at the London School of Economics. Prior to that I worked in various sectors: interning with the UN World Food Programme, tutoring students entering higher education, and working front of house at the Fitzwilliam Museum. I have a BA(hons) in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, where I was a student at Christ's College. 

 

In my spare time I write fiction and hope to one day get published. When not at my desk I can usually be found with friends, hiking, or reading a good book. 

 

Connor Jennings

Lisa Miles

 

I joined Minerva after 16 years in the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, having previously worked in the finance sector.  My recent position was Recruitment Adviser in the Human Resources Division where I was responsible for the full recruitment life cycle for senior appointments both clinical and non-clinical.  I was also responsible for clinical pay and contracts of employment.  I have extensive experience of the Higher Education Sector, the NHS and Industry.

 

I have an honours degree from the Open University in Social Sciences which I studied for in my spare time and I am a Mental Health First Aider.

 

In my free time, I enjoy yoga, spending time with my family and walking my two lively Yorkshire Terriers.

 

Lisa Miles

Jo Ogilvy

 

My 16 year career has been spent in search, and prior to joining Minerva I led the schools practice at an executive search firm. Whilst my particular focus in recent years has been working with schools and other educational institutions, I also have a range of experience advising on other senior appointments across the public, not for profit and commercial sectors for clients whose work has had children and young people at its core.   

 

I have a degree in Classics from University of Oxford and have been a governor on the board of an academy and an independent school.

 

My garden, family and dog seem to take up most of my time outside work.

 

Jo Ogilvy

Sheena Ohene

 

I have over 10 years professional administrative experience and my previous roles have included Office manager, Senior Administrator and Senior Executive Assistant.  In my experience, I’ve mainly played a vital role in keeping the balance and creating effective support systems in the business.

 

In 2018, I graduated with an LLB Law degree from Greenwich School of Management, which stemmed from my interest in social causes and contract law.

 

Outside of work I enjoy participating in outdoor activities with my daughter, socialising with friends and reading.

 

Sheena Ohene

Ahron Peskin

 

Before joining Minerva, I worked for over five years at Moloney Search where I specialised in senior leadership appointments within both the Public and Commercial sectors. I have extensive experience as well as a special interest in identifying and championing diverse talent within these sectors. Prior to my search career I worked in Research and Analysis for a multinational oil and gas analytics company.

 

Having always had a love for the natural world I read Geology at the University of Liverpool and received my Masters in Petroleum Geoscience from Imperial College London. Outside of work I’m a keen climber and long-distance hiker and I’m slowly ticking off all the British National Trails.

 

Ahron Peskin

Nicola Reames

 

My 18 year search career has centred around the not for profit sector with a focus in recent years on senior leadership appointments.  I am passionate about the transformative effect of education and feel privileged to have worked with so many outstanding leaders in this field.  I also bring an expertise in philanthropic fundraising and have a strong and trusted network in this area.

 

Having grown up in developing countries all over the world, I now have roots in Wiltshire.  Outside of work I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family and volunteering for an international NGO close to my heart. 

 

I hold an MA in Modern Languages from the University of St Andrews.

 

Nicola Reames

Alasdair Redwood

 

I joined Minerva in 2022 after completing my master’s degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from UCL, as well as my undergraduate in History. This has led me to have a particular interest in the museum and heritage sectors and how history is communicated.

 

In my free time I can be found staying active with mixed martial arts.

 

Alasdair Redwood

Alice Speers

 

I joined the Minerva team in 2021. After graduating from Bristol University, I spent some time in investment management before qualifying as an English teacher in 2009. The majority of my teaching career so far has been in the state sector where I became Head of English for a large secondary school.

 

Alongside my role at Minerva, I play a leading role in a co-ed boarding prep school, working closely with governors and staff on the strategic development of the school. My role is varied and has people at its core, in particular the recruitment and retention of staff and the implementation of our organisational culture. 

 

I hold a BA Hons degree from the University of Bristol and PGCE from the University of Roehampton.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time on the Dorset coast.

 

 

 

Alice Speers

Louis Stephenson

 

I joined Minerva after completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology in Education followed by a master’s degree in Education: International Development and Policy, both from the University of Bristol.

 

During my time in Bristol I developed a keen interest in education on a global scale and also spent time working as an assistant researcher on city council commissioned research into local youth work.

 

I am a keen plant parent and in my spare time you can find me looking after my succulents and pruning bonsai trees!

 

Louis Stephenson

Jemica Taylor

 

I joined Minerva after graduating from Queen Mary University of London with a BA (Hons) in History, specialising in film history. I have dabbled in Japanese film history, WWII Hollywood but specialised in Horror.

 

I enjoy acting and dancing. I have performed at the Barbican for the English National Ballet and have recently performed at the Royal Stratford East Theatre as part of their REP company. In my spare time, you can find me in the kitchen baking.

 

 

Jemica Taylor