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.

2018 sees a 11 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 nine 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 Russian History degree, Andrew Schmidt joined our team in 2012, opening the USA branch of EquipMySchool in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • 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

  • Beth Stonehouse
    Beth Stonehouse Client Care Specialist

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

  • Brad Beamer
    Brad Beamer Client Care Specialist

    A one-time security guard with an English and Creative writing degree, Brad is a born problem solver, always happy to find solutions with a smile and provide comedic relief with a sprinkle of mischief! During off hours he is an avid gamer, occasionally testing for game developers.  He enjoys spending time with his four beloved dogs.

  • 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.

Purchasing & Quality Control

  • Paula Schmidt
    Paula Schmidt US Purchasing Administrator

    Paula is a bookworm, trail runner and bourbon lover.

    Her hobbies include mild hypochondria
    and ill-advised matchmaking.

  • 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.

  • 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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