Who We Are

About EquipMySchool

EquipMySchool was founded in 2007 by Helen and Stuart to supply British International Schools with the things they needed from the United Kingdom.

With support from friends and family and mentorship from Clive Sharples and Mary Walker, the 11 years of experience that Helen and Stuart each had quickly bore fruit. Year one was an experimental phase working from humble facilities to prove to all that it is possible to provide excellent service without costing the earth.

In 2008 the company moved to its first proper warehouse and continued to deliver top class service. The team grew and the business outgrew those premises.


In 2011 EquipMySchool began supplying American products to a small number of clients. By 2013 this service was opened to all clients, old and new, and EquipMySchool had its own warehouse and staff based in Charleston, South Carolina. Andrew Schmidt had joined the team by that time and was instrumental in the creation and installation of the American company.

EquipMySchool has continued to go from strength to strength and in 2018, the decision was made to relocate EquipMySchool USA to a new, larger warehouse space.

2019 sees a 12 year old company, staffed by an excellent team of talented and experienced individuals, supplying a range of British and American International Schools in all corners of the globe.

We are excited to see what the future holds.


Meet Our Team

Senior Management

  • Stuart Rickard
    Stuart Rickard Director and Co-Founder

    Stuart Rickard and Helen Cox founded EquipMySchool twelve years ago with a simple mantra: always keep your promises.

    A born digital native, Stuart has an intrinsic understanding of software, hardware, systems and processes; he loves ice cream and evenings in with a roaring log fire and his family of four.

  • Helen Cox
    Helen Cox Director and Co-Founder

    Helen Cox and Stuart Rickard founded EquipMySchool on a bedrock of hard work, tenacity and love of fulfillment. In the words of their mentor, Clive Sharples, the Customer is King, full stop.

    Helen is passionate about Fine Art photography and has a purple belt in kickboxing, a joy she shares with her twelve year old Maezie, the eldest of four girls. The family also includes a yellow Fireblade, a cherry-colored Harley, a Dalmatian and a Cockapoo. Helen loves to take her camera on long motorcycle rides in the English countryside: come along via Instagram @chel.photography.

  • Andrew Schmidt
    Andrew Schmidt Owner/Operator USA
    An Eagle Scout with a Business and Russian History degree, Andrew Schmidt joined our team in 2012, opening the US branch of EquipMySchool in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.  Andrew spends the majority of his year visiting clients around the world, training our international business development team and growing new relationships.  He lives by the philosophy that the world is full of friendships ready to be found.
    In his downtime Andrew enjoys gourmet cooking, high adventure camping, motorcycle trips, mixed martial arts and spending time with his wife.
    He always does what he says he’ll do and deeply believes the client comes first.
  • Karen Armstrong
    Karen Armstrong Office Manager

    Previously employed within the Finance side of the food industry and on Military contracts, Karen has a warped sense of humour, enjoys spending time with her 24 year old daughter, gardening and reading murder mysteries. She also has a keen interest in world history.

Client Care Specialists

  • Brad Beamer
    Brad Beamer Business Development and Client Care Specialist

    Previously a security guard, Brad is a protective family man with a love for video games, an affinity for heavy music and a weakness for [fine] food. He likes putting smiles on the faces of those around him, usually with an extensive list of bad jokes and more than a pinch of mischief!

    With the ability to look sagaciously at any given scenario and armed with a Bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing, Brad always strives to provide the highest possible standard of service.

    Time outside of working hours is often spent enjoying music to the fullest, gaming, or sprucing up his new home with his beloved partner.

  • Diane Moss
    Diane Moss Client Care Specialist

    In the evenings you will find this coffee-loving, pint-sized firecracker feeding family and friends. She likes reading, spending time with family and eating out.

  • Julie Ashton
    Julie Ashton Client Care Specialist

    Lincolnshire born and bred, Julie cherishes her faith and adores the art of puppetry, which she shares with her Sunday school students, performing short sketches and songs to bring the teachings to life.  One year they even performed a song from the movie Sister Act- for which Julie had to make quite a few nun costumes! Creative and detail-oriented, Julie also enjoys jigsaw puzzles, curling up with a great book, and gardening.  She loves making everything from birthday cards to home furnishings and even does most of her own DIY at home.

  • Trish Johnson
    Trish Johnson Client Care Specialist

    Trish Johnson is a dedicated, tirelessly efficient worker who always relishes a challenge.    She loves very brisk walks, baking, reading, visiting new places, and spending time with her children – who have had the audacity to grow up!

  • Naomi Dimberline
    Naomi Dimberline Client Care Specialist


  • James Todd
    James Todd Warehouse Supervisor

    James ensures all UK shipments dispatch and arrive on time, every time. Originally from Belfast, James has long lived in Lincolnshire with his wife and family, and has been with EquipMySchool from the very beginning, honing our warehouse processes into efficient, rock-solid routines.  He loves his work and believes anything worth doing is worth doing well.  

    Passionate about football and golf, James has many medals from his cup matches, but he is most proud of his collection of lucky jerseys for “the best teams,” Manchester United and the Glasgow Rangers.  A devoted family man, he enjoys hanging out with his kiddos in the evenings, and looks forward to a holiday together at Disney World someday.

  • Richard Starbird
    Richard Starbird US Warehouse Supervisor

    Rick is a 21 year USAF veteran with over 23 years experience in logistics, human resources, safety and leadership. He oversees and shapes all warehouse processes to set his team up for quick, successful fulfillment.  Rick takes pride in completing dispatches quickly and efficiently, and is prouder still of the family environment he maintains in our facility. He actively works to appreciate and support his team, underscoring the importance of their tasks from start to finish so that everyone jumps to get their part done.  

    Rick loves Disneyworld and looks forward to bi-annual trips there with his wife and kids.  Although four of their six children are now grown, Rick has four grandkids and a fifth on the way- he’s always pleased to think of all the family memories they have still to be made.

Business Development

  • Brad Beamer
    Brad Beamer Business Development and Client Care Specialist

    Previously a security guard, Brad is a protective family man with a love for video games, an affinity for heavy music and a weakness for [fine] food. He likes putting smiles on the faces of those around him, usually with an extensive list of bad jokes and more than a pinch of mischief!

    With the ability to look sagaciously at any given scenario and armed with a Bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing, Brad always strives to provide the highest possible standard of service.

    Time outside of working hours is often spent enjoying music to the fullest, gaming, or sprucing up his new home with his beloved partner.

  • Paula Schmidt
    Paula Schmidt Business Development

    Formerly our US Purchaser, Paula now assists with marketing and client outreach.

    She loves hiking, baking, Fellini and tarot cards – and is resoundingly the Yin to her beloved husband Andrew Schmidt’s Yang.  A persuasive bridge-builder, she is proud to help equip the leaders of tomorrow with the tools they need for success today, working behind the scenes to expedite client fulfillment.

    In her private hours, Paula is also an award-winning novelist.  She is a recipient of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation award and Carol Marie Smith Memorial Scholarship for the NOEPE Center of Literary Arts.  Her short stories have been shortlisted for the International Aeon Award, and featured in The Art Mag and Sierra Nevada Review.


  • Donna Hill
    Donna Hill Global Purchasing Manager

    Meticulous in her preparation and stylish in her execution, Donna always puts the needs of those around her above her own and is rarely found without some form of giraffe or unicorn paraphernalia. Her hair has been every shade of the Skittles rainbow, but is never the same colour twice! Her attention on an evening is usually divided between her devoted partner, loving son, and three mischievous cats.

    Tel: +44 1507 307932

    US Tel: +1 843 371 3979

  • Kim Fegan
    Kim Fegan Purchasing Administrator

    Attention to detail and a willingness to go the extra mile are just two of many reasons why Kim has become an integral member of the Purchasing department. Fiercely protective of those she loves (and food), she spends what spare time she can find filling the family home with smiles and laughter.

  • Abbie Moye
    Abbie Moye Purchasing Administrator

    Born in the south-eastern county of Kent, Abbie cherishes all things horse-related and can often be found doting on her two very own “four legged children”. She is happiest on long hacks through the English countryside with them, jumping over any and everything in the immediate vicinity. More recently a fondness for the weird and wonderful, shared with her partner, played a big part in a pair of Axolotls becoming the newest additions to their family!

    Despite previous experience being limited to horses or kitchen work, Abbie has dived head first into her new role in the Purchasing department and relishes the daily challenges that it brings.

  • Emma Cawdry
    Emma Cawdry Purchasing Administrator


  • Jacky Fixter
    Jacky Fixter Accounts Administrator

    I have been with the Company since 2007 and have seen it grow from a rented office belonging to Stuart’s dad to the premises that it now occupies.
    I like to think of the Company as an acorn planted by Stuart and Helen and nurtured to grow into a mighty Oak with branches reaching out across the world.
    I enjoy problem-solving and do not give up easily.
    In my spare time, I love listening to Planet Rock very loudly. I also enjoy going to concerts, reading, doing word searches and watching the occasional horror movie.
    Looking after my two grandchildren keeps me busy along with my dad.

  • Jo O’Brien
    Jo O’Brien Accounts Manager

    Armed with her gentle giant of a boyfriend, Joanna lives life in the fast lane. In her spare time she can be found doing park runs, fun days out with the kids or a quiet night in with friends. Not to be fooled by her height, Jo also competes for first place in her beloved sport, powerlifting, where she is also a high level referee. 
    Jo’s infectious giggle and sense of humour often has the team in fits of laughter


  • Beth Stonehouse
    Beth Stonehouse IT

    Our multi-faceted Beth is an experienced teaching assistant; she brings her love of learning to problem-solving for the company.  Beth adores Japanese cartoons, science fiction and fantasy novels, computer games – and not eating peas.

  • Adam Tasker
    Adam Tasker .Net Developer

    The puppet master behind our IT veil, our digital office is Adam’s world – we just live in it.  His technomantic abilities help ensure smooth international operations across both UK and US facilities.  His droll, extremely literal wit keeps us laughing, and yes, on task…

    After hours, when not in hibernation, Adam enjoys all things Marvel and DC, as well as video games – mostly JRPGs – anime, manga and light novels… but the one thing he cannot live without is air.

    It is often said you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Despite this, Adam wears a suit every day to the office, as he feels turning up dressed in a robe and wizard’s hat would be inappropriate.

Quality Control

  • Dustin Salyer
    Dustin Salyer Quality Control

    Dustin Salyer likes his music endless and his coffee blacker than black: three hits of espresso in every mug.  He plays the piano daily and loves spending time with his family and his beloved Black Labrador, Holly.

  • Mel Storer
    Mel Storer Quality Control

    Mel works in Quality Control and is never hesitant to speak up when she sees a path to a better solution for a client.  She enjoys solving problems and was initially lured to us by the promise that every day would feel like Christmas morning, what with the huge number of parcels to open.  

    On the weekends, she enjoys spending time in the garden, visiting her parents, and the lights of her life, her five grandkids.  She loves driving and has a little soft top MX5 . Her lifelong dream is to live on a canal boat, watching the world go by and stopping every so often at waterside pubs to taste the local brews.

  • Paul Croft
    Paul Croft Quality Control
  • I am writing a short note to say that we were very pleased with the consolidation and delivery of the Davy College order. Congratulations on doing a great job, and also in very good time!

    Ian Raitt Davy College, Peru
  • Wow wow wow ! Just to let you know that we received today the package containing the 4 receipt books and they went through customs without any problem ! That was super fast and amazing, EMS ! Thanks so much indeed for all you do, you are all number one 🙂 !

    Wafa Esseddiqi Rabat American School, Morocco
  • Thank you for your great, professional service and on-going assistance. Working with you was a delight and we look forward to a new collaboration next year.

    Patrizia Palla The International School in Genoa, Italy
  • It is always a pleasure working with you - Equip My School is organised and efficient and makes my life easier !!

    Gillian Greenwood Transylvania College, Romania
  • Thank you for sending the books out to us. I received them yesterday and my staff are very happy. Once again, I am grateful for the efficiency of your team.

    Mike Dickson, Headmaster The Regent Primary School, Nigeria
  • I too, would like to add my vote of thanks to the EquipMySchool staff for the very professional and prompt manner in which our order for the next school year is being handled. It is good to work with such a fine group of business-minded persons.

    Prof. George Hickman, Principal The Regent Secondary School, Nigeria
  • Happy New Year. First let me begin by thanking you and your team at Equip My School for making our 2014 orders easy to manage.

    Bob Simoneau, Bursar British School of Lomé, Togo
  • Good to hear from you again and glad to hear business is good for you too. It doesn’t surprise me, as the service you provide is so good I can’t imagine why anyone would go anywhere else!

    Jo Agaki International School, Brunei
  • Equip my school has been a revelation for BNA - things are running so much better here now with our orders etc. We actually have equipment!

    Andrea Blamire British Nigerian Academy, Nigeria
  • Many thanks for your help during the past year. Irene and I both enjoy working with you and your efficiency makes us look good!!

    Jo Agaki International School, Brunei
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