Minerva Learning Trust


Governors are volunteers who are appointed to the governing body and take responsibility for three key roles:

  1. The performance of the school and holding the Head and Senior Leadership Team to account.
  2. To ensure that the finances are allocated in an appropriate manner which helps to support and improve pupil achievement.
  3. The strategic direction of the school.

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and reports directly to the governing body. Governors carry out their role in a variety of ways including membership of committees, visits to the school, link governor roles, attending school events, and providing specific expertise to help decision making.

If you are interested in becoming one of our Governors you can find more information and apply through our Become a Minerva Governor page. 

Amthal Karim

Co-opted Parent Governor - Appointed: 5 November 2018, Terms of Office: 5 November 2018 - 4 November 2022

An English Literature graduate living in Handsworth and currently working as UK Marketing Manager for an e-commerce retailer. Amthal has twin daughters at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College and has formerly worked with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Hallam University within e-learning, family learning and teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Amthal is keen to help continue to support and improve processes surrounding the education and wellbeing of pupils at Handsworth Grange Community Sports College.

• Business interests: None

• Financial interests: None

• Governance roles in other schools: None

Grant Walker

Co-opted Governor - Appointed: 27 September 2019, Terms of Office: 27 September 2019 - 26 September 2023

Grant has experience in a host of business and retail roles based over 20 years. He has supported local and national refugee charities. He is formerly from Lancashire but now an adopted son of Yorkshire with deep roots in the area and community. Father to a wonder son and amazing daughter.

• Business interests: None

• Financial interests: None

• Governance roles in other schools: Chair Woodthorpe Primary, Vice Chair Ecclesfield Secondary School

Christine Ainsbury

Co-opted Governor - Appointed: 15 December 2020, Terms of Office: 15 December 2020 - 14 December 2024

Chris has worked for over 20 years in Government-funded programmes for adult inclusion, work readiness, education and training. She holds post graduate certificates in post 16 teaching and business and management and has a keen interest in developing the quality of education and training. Having taken early retirement in 2017, Chris returned to the workplace as a self-employed End Point Assessor for apprenticeships for a local awarding body. Chris is also a Trustee for a charity delivering support for people suffering from mental health issues.

• Business interests: None

• Financial interests: None

• Governance roles in other schools: None

Lucy McGann

Co-opted Parent Governor - Appointed: 13 October 2021, Terms of Office: 13 October 2021 - 12 October 2025

Lucy has always lived locally in the Handsworth/Woodhouse area and currently has a daughter attending Handsworth Grange Community Sports College. Lucy has over fifteen years experience working with children and young people in both Primary and Secondary school settings. She is currently the Key Stage 3 Pastoral Leader in a secondary school in the north of Sheffield. Lucy is passionate about inclusion and ensuring that all children have the right support in place to help them to achieve their dreams and ambitions.

• Business interests: None

• Financial interests: None

• Governance roles in other schools: None

Kate Truelove

Co-opted Staff Governor - Appointed: 1 February 2022, Terms of Office: 1 February 2022 - 31 January 2023

• Business interests: 

• Financial interests:

• Governance roles in other schools: 

For information on the Trust board and documents relating to the Trust visit https://minervalearningtrust.co.uk/about-us/statutory-information