Meet Our Team

Andrew

Andrew Kinniburgh

Managing Director
Ruth

Ruth King

Business Development Manager
Sue

Sue Heathcock

BizSchool Associate
Matt

Matt King

BizSchool Associate
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James Farrar

BizSchool Associate
Andrew Kinniburgh - Managing Director

Andrew first started developing the Biz School concept in 2011, piloting it in 2012. He passionately believes in business education and experience for younger children and having spent much of his career in large multinational businesses he believes that not enough is done to encourage young people to start their own businesses. His hope is that Biz School will engender an interest in the business world for many of the children, whilst helping them develop skills and knowledge which complement the more formal school curriculum. Andrew Kinniburgh has spent the last 20 years working mainly for FTSE 100 defence and security businesses including Serco Group plc and Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group plc. He has also had two spells working for agencies of the Ministry of Defence.  His roles have been mainly in sales and business development, specialising in systems designed to detect Weapons of Mass Destruction including chemical and biological warfare agents and explosives. Latterly he was Programme Director for Smiths Detection’s Security Search and Screening Equipment bid into the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Since being made redundant Andrew has built a successful consulting business helping businesses to grow through export. His customers include: Ministry of Defence, Serco Group plc, G4S plc, Babcock plc and Bruker Daltonik GmbH. His first degree was a BA in Business from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, followed by a Masters in International Defence Marketing from Cranfield University / UK Defence Academy in 2010.  Andrew is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and an accredited practitioner in Managing Successful Programmes (MSP). Andrew is also a former member of the Home Office / Industry Advisory Group on the Security of Critical National Infrastructure. He is married to Emma, with three children under the age of 12. When not ferrying children around, he is a passionate supporter of the Scottish Rugby Union Team and a glacially slow runner.
Ruth King - Business Development Manager

Ruth graduated from Cardiff University in 1992 with a BA Hons in Spanish and Portuguese. She went on to work in the holiday industry in the UK for Euro-Academy and in Spain, France and Portugal for Keycamp Holidays and SAGA Holidays. She also enjoyed teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in schools in Poland, Portugal and England. Ruth has always had a keen interest in the welfare of young people and worked as a volunteer for Orfan in Romania and later as a Residential Social Worker at Sindlesham School back in the UK. Her interest in young people and education drew her into the charity sector where she worked in sales, marketing and fundraising for small charities until she joined The Surrey Care Trust in Milford. Ruth worked for The Surrey Care Trust for six years and became their Corporate Fundraising Manager. She left to start her own family in 2004, but continued to fundraise for the Trust and other local causes in her spare time.Now a mother of two school aged children, Ruth is enjoying the role of Business Development Manager at Biz School and believes it can play an important part in the development of young people.  "One of the best things we can do as adults is to give our children a great education with as much variety as possible so that everyone, of all abilities and interests, is engaged and enthusiastic about learning. So many adults would love to start their own businesses but are often held back by fear and a lack of understanding about the process. Teaching children about business from a young age gives them the confidence; to use their imagination and take on new challenges. It helps them to develop a deeper understanding of the world in which they live."If you would like to find out more about Biz School, please email Ruth at ruth.king@bizschool.org.uk to arrange a meeting or call (0)208 123 4661 for an informal chat

Sue Heathcock - BizSchool Associate

Sue graduated from Exeter University in 1997 with a MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering and then completed a PGCE in Secondary Science at Anglia Ruskin University.  After teaching KS3 Science, KS4 Science and A level Physics and Chemistry in secondary schools in Essex and Surrey, Sue left the teaching profession and her role as Head of KS4 Science in order to raise her young family.  For the last seven years, Sue has worked from home, both as a child-minder and as a science tutor for the distance learning education provider, Oxford Home Schooling.  During this time, Sue’s family has grown and she is now a busy mum of two boys and two girls, aged 4 to 10 years old.  Life is hectic, but she wouldn’t have it any other way!Sue became involved with the Biz School program in July 2014 and is looking forward to meeting and working with more of the next generation of young entrepreneurs as she continues her role as a Biz School Associate.

 ‘’I started work on the Biz School program in July 2014 and was immediately impressed with how engaged the children were and the quality of the outcomes that they generated.   Bizschool provides a great supplement to traditional classroom education.  It is fun, challenging and develops a whole host of key skills that the children will hopefully value for the rest of their lives.”

Matt King - BizSchool Associate

After graduating from Sussex University in 1988 with a BSC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Matt embarked on a career in telecoms. His first position (9 years) was with GPT (GEC/Plessey) Video Systems, a manufacturer of video-conferencing equipment. He worked first as a hardware developer before focusing on the software side. He then spent four years with a Boston based company, Videoserver (later eZenia), developing video-conferencing hubs and servers before joining Cisco Systems, the internet giant. At Cisco, Matt spent 15 years as a software architect, specializing in identity, security and network access.

"After a fulfilling career in telecoms, I was ready a new challenge and have always had an interest in education. Having coached a team of 9-11 year olds to regional success in the First Lego League robotics competition for the last two years, and with children of my own aged 8 and 10, I am constantly amazed at the enthusiasm and capacity of this age group for hands-on learning. With its emphasis on practical application at every step, the BizSchool program is able to harness this to great effect. I strongly believe it is important to demystify the world of business as early as possible as I have known a number of experienced professionals with promising ideas who were so intimidated by the prospect of a solo venture that they ultimately chose not to pursue it".

James Farrar - BizSchool Associate

James' 25 year career to date has covered the non profit, aviation, banking and software sector working in the United States, Germany and the UK. More recently he served as Vice President at SAP, the world's largest enterprise software company. At SAP James helped bring leading solutions to market to enable the world's largest companies to operate more responsibly with a lower social and environmental impact. He also led the company's global University Alliances programme helping the world's leading universities use SAP software in the classroom & develop curriculum so students have access to the very latest innovation in enterprise technology management. Prior to SAP, James was COO at Global Witness, a leading NGO in the field of human rights, governance and transparency. He is also a founder of Networked Rights, an emerging NGO specializing in the field of human rights, technology and business networks. James & Matt have been First Lego League coaches with Grayshott School for the past three years with team's winning regional awards each year and going to the national finals in 2015. James has a BSc in Envrionmental Economics from Rutgers University, New Jersyey, USA and an MBA from Lancaster University. In 2009 he was named to the Ethisphere Top 100 in Business Ethics list.