Founders

The people behind Business2Schools

Lindsey Parslow

Managing Director Mayfair Quarters & Mayfair Quarters Travel.

Lindsey's business has looked after firms in the finance industry and across London for over 10 years; and with a background based in the hedge fund community starting Business2Schools was a natural way to create a new level of CSR. Lindsey is a School Governor, she has worked with the Schoolsworks Academy Trust for several years and is an Enterprise Ambassador for secondary school children. She has five children and is passionate about education, mentoring, as well as supporting young people and schools. Mayfair Quarters and Business2Schools has enabled Lindsey to create an initiative that supports everything that is important to her.
Amelia Goulder-Perks

Office Manager PAG

Amelia has worked in the hedge fund industry for several years and she brings to Business2Schools a wealth of contacts from the finance community. Her experience in organising start-ups and office moves has definitely extended her passion for addressing ethical and environmental issues. Amelia also takes a personal interest in education and was immediately keen to be part of a CSR project that would enable children in our schools to be directly supported. Having seen first hand how furniture and tech she donated have improved infrastructure in two schools, Amelia is looking forward to seeing the initiative grow so that more schools will quickly benefit.
Joanna Gooch

Office Manager Angelo, Gordon Europe LLP

Jo has worked in office and administration management in many different sectors for 20+ years and has managed numerous office moves and renovations and is keen to get as many of her contacts within the real estate and financial community involved in the Business2Schools initiative. Having experienced first-hand how difficult it is to find new homes for surplus furniture and IT equipment, often under very tight deadlines, she was excited to be asked to be involved and share her experience and knowledge to grow the Business2Schools network, reducing unnecessary waste and supporting schools and their students.
Jon Harrison

Soho Creative

Jon Harrison is one of the pioneers of the digital industry credited with creating some of the very first computer games, he now runs a digital agency specialising in awards winning campaigns for mobile, web and tv. Jon also campaigns on green issues and is part of Love2bgreen, a company who specialise in getting children to be green ambassadors through a new animation series. Re-educating on single use and recycling are two key areas of their education strategy which is why business2Schools is a venture he couldn’t resist getting involved in.
Richard Snowball

UK Head of IT Service Delivery & Telecoms, EFG Private Bank

Richard is an experienced Head Of Service Delivery with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. An excellent understanding of Banking technologies, Skilled in Service Desk, Telecommunications, Project Management as well as ITIL Certified. Strong operations professional with a Bsc (Hons) focused in Computer Science and Economics. Instrumental in setting up the Business2Schools process, Richard has ensured his firms replenished IT now supports schools in the UK.
Chris Cox

Managing Director, Barleycorn Removals

Chris set up Barleycorn Removals in 2014 and has been at the forefront of the Business2Schools initiative. His vans are becoming a familiar sight in Mayfair as he makes multiple collections from firms wanting to donate their tech and furniture to schools; then delivering to various locations across West Sussex so that the first schools get all the items they need. Chris likes to carry furniture up mountains in his spare time and hopes to ensure his participation in this project makes education in the UK a better experience for every child.
Havard Hughes

Managing Director, Barndoor Strategy

Havard is a government relations and communications professional with over 20 years’ experience, possessing exceptional cross-party connections and a successful track record of delivering policy change for household name organisations. Wide ranging experience spanning corporate communications, in-house and agency roles at all levels in the UK and EU. Areas of practice have included: financial services, transport, energy, taxation, planning, environment, local government, health, constitutional and home affairs.
Grant Franklin

Managing Principle, Hillier Hopkins LLP

Grant became a Principal at Hillier Hopkins in 1998. As well as having a portfolio of owner-managed businesses, the firm covers a range of industries inclucing education. They work with existing academy schools and converter schools, helping to successfully negotiate the conversion process and support them on their journey as a new academy. Business2Schools is an excellent platform to encourage much needed support for schools in the UK.
Stuart Bonthrone

Chief Executive, ESRI (UK)

Stuart has been with ESRI (UK) Limited since July 2012, before which he served as Vice President of Pitney Bowes Europe. ESRI’s GIS mapping software is the most powerful mapping and spatial data analytics technology available. Stuart’s business supports The Outward Bound Trust and he feels passionately inspiring young people to fulfil their potential through challenging outdoor activities.
Austen Hindman

Head, Bishop Luffa School, Chichester

Austen joined Bishop Luffa School in September 2018, which was a school already with outstanding status. He has had a successful career in the senior leadership of schools in Portsmouth and Brighton and Hove. Although the school was high achieving there was ‘potential ‘ in particular areas for fresh ideas and he was therefore delighted to be involved along with students in the Business2Schools initiative which has already seen improvements to his school and feeder schools in West Sussex.
Mark Nicholds

Business Manager, Director of Resources, Bishop Luffa School

Mark came to the school with a background in finance, having worked for UBS and other financial institutions. He has used the opportunity to support Business2Schools, by engaging with businesses donating infrastructure to the school. Therefore expanding both networking opportunities between schools and careers planning for students. Mark is keen to expand the reach of the initiative within schools throughout the country to make it a national CSR programme.
Philip Craig

Headmaster Rose Green Junior School

Philip took over as Head at Rose Green Junior Schools in 2013. By 2017 he had moved it from "Requires Improvement" to it's current "Good" status. Philip's passion for helping children reach their full academic potential. The Business2Schools project has helped accelerate learning in his school by providing much improved technology for children to work with.
Zoe Gordon

Head The Lancastrian Infants School

At Lancastrian we aim to provide the best possible start to every child's education. We work together with all stakeholders (staff, pupils, parents and governors) to ensure that children feel safe, nurtured and comfortable in the environment. We want all of our children to love learning, be inquisitive and strive to succeed in the best way that they can. We have a clear vision for the future and have embedded a Working With Others ethos in order to support our values. We are happy to support Business2Schools across the early years of education.
Christopher Parslow

Student Accounting & Finance, Kingston University

Christopher is in his final year of his degree at Kingston, looking to go into the finance or banking industry when he graduates in the summer of 2019. He has worked in a variety of London businesses throughout his studies and was keen to be part of an initiative that would have a more ethical and environmental interest in replenishing of IT and office furniture. The Business2Schools project has allowed him to utilise his accounting skills and be an integral part of a new business where sustainability will support schools and students in education. Christopher’s knowledge has enabled him to assist in helping with some of the funcational aspects of the initiative.
Students

Bishop Luffa Sixth Form

Thank you to the following team for all their hard work and support in setting up the Business2Schools platform: Beth Brown (Year 13), Rachel Gifford (Year 12), Matt Loten (Year 12), Romney Parslow (Year 12) and Anna Wilson (Year 12). It's been great to work with a team of people where student input has been at the heart of many of our ideas. We hope we've given you an experience that has grown your entrepreneurial talents, added value to your cv; helped with your UCAS applications and career choices. Your involvement will be a benefit to all schools and your peers. Thank you for your help with inventories, designing the logo and helping move furniture. We look forward to your continued support as the project grows.
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