Minerva’s Board of Governors

Our board has a strong track record in education and private equity backed education businesses.


  • Aatif Hassan

    Chairman of the Board of Governors

    As well as having a successful career in private equity, Aatif is also the Chairman and Founder of Dukes Education and Chairman of Cavendish Education, a group of five schools for pupils with dyslexia and autism schools.

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  • Catherine Robertson

    Finance Director

    Catherine is Minerva's Finance Director. She is responsible for all aspects of finance and brings with her significant experience in the nursery education sector, having recently completed a successful exit of the Just Learning Group where she worked for 12 years.

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  • Jim Hudson OBE

    Director Education

    Adviser to the Teacher Training Agency (TTA), National College for School Leadership (NCSL), the Department for Education (DfE) and OFSTED. Visiting Lecturer at Nottingham University, Buckingham University, and the National College for School Leadership.

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  • Elaine Simpson

    Non-Executive Governor

    With over 30 years’ experience in UK education, Elaine is an influential figure who has achieved positive change in how regional and national education is delivered, managed and perceived.

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  • Andrew Grant

    Non-Executive Governor

    Andrew Grant recently retired as the Headmaster of St Albans School, where he had been since 1993. He was educated at Southend High School from where he won an Open Exhibition to read English at Corpus Christi College Cambridge.

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