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Our Trust Team

Bev Matthews - Director of School Improvement

Bev MatthewsCEO

I have over 15 years of experience working within the education sector across a variety of settings; to include Further Education, Local Authorities and a range of secondary school roles. Over 10 years of this has been spent as a senior leader within a secondary school setting which includes significant experience as a Headteacher of a very challenging school in West Yorkshire.


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Adele France - CFO of Minerva Learning Trust

Adele FranceCFO

I have over 30 years of experience working within business operations, initially working for British Coal across a range of areas before making the transition into the education sector. I have spent 25 years in schools and academies working for 20 years as a senior leader.


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Nicola Gregory - Director of HR

Nicola GregoryDirector of HR

I have over 30 years experience working in Human Resources within the public sector and schools. I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and recently became Level 7 qualified in employment law.


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Our Members

Ed Wydenbach - Chair of Minerva Learning Trust Board

Ed WydenbachChair of Minerva Learning Trust Board

I am an experienced governor who has worked on five governing bodies in the last six years. I am presently Chair of Governors at Birley Spa Primary Academy and was Governor at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College and Newfield School. I am a trained LA consultant governor and since 2012 have been a National Leader of Governance.


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John Bower (MBE)Member - Minerva Learning Trust

MBE, National Leader of Governance and Chair of Governors of two schools including a Free School. Former Secondary Headteacher.


John Evans Member - Minerva Learning Trust

My working life has been spent in education, much of it in Sheffield – my home city. I have been a headteacher in two primary schools each within contrasting social and economic settings. I worked for Ofsted for many years, initially in the School Improvement Division inspecting schools with serious weaknesses, monitoring schools in special measures and inspecting schools in the independent sector. I have been a governor in several Sheffield primary schools and I am currently on my third school as Chair of Governors. I remain an enthusiast about education and committed to playing a part, albeit a small one, in improving the life chances through a good education of young people in this city. On a personal level, I spend a lot of time with my four young grandchildren, singing in a Barbershop chorus - and watching Premier League football in Sheffield!


Our Trustees

Ed WydenbachChair of Minerva Learning Trust Board

I am an experienced governor who has worked on five governing bodies in the last six years. I am presently Chair of Governors at Birley Spa Primary Academy and was Governor at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College and Newfield School. I am a trained LA consultant governor and since 2012 have been a National Leader of Governance.


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Dave BurkinshawTrustee – Minerva Learning Trust

I am an independent Human Resources Consultant who has worked with many types of schools, academies local authorities and charities in the last four years.


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Kabier Aslam - Trustee - Minerva Learning Trust

Kabier AslamTrustee - Minerva Learning Trust

I am a business entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience in the commercial and retail sector; I am also a property developer.


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Genny BradleyTrustee - Minerva Learning Trust

I was previously Head of Human Resources for Sheffield City Council Education Directorate. My role was to lead the human resource strategy & delivery of HR services to schools and the wider education services and more latterly Children’s services.


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Steve ChewTrustee - Minerva Learning Trust

I have worked in education for 37 years, firstly as a teacher in South Yorkshire until 1986 when I joined the LEA in Sheffield before moving to Wakefield in 1989. In 1998 I was promoted to a post in Doncaster. All my roles have involved working with schools and headteachers. When I retired in 2010, I was an Assistant Director of Children's Services with responsibility for Education.


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Jim McDonnell - Trustee  – Minerva Learning Trust

Jim McDonnellTrustee – Minerva Learning Trust

I am a solicitor living and working in Sheffield since arriving to study at University here several years ago. I am a Senior Associate in a large law firm, specialising in the use and protection of intellectual property (IP) rights such as patents, copyright and trade marks, which means I get to handle an assortment of innovative gadgets, designs and brands on a day-to-day basis.


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Irvin RobinsonTrustee - Minerva Learning Trust

Former Independent Financial Consultant. Treasurer of Mansfield Speech and Drama Festival. Chair of Mansfield Building Society Community Trust.

Jonathan Crossley-HollandTrustee - Minerva Learning Trust

Former Executive Director of Education Sheffield. Educational Consultant.