About Us

The Company

Founded in 1984, WCBS specialises in providing integrated management systems to Independent & International schools across three core areas: Admissions, MIS & Finance.

Owned by Westleigh Investments, WCBS operates in 40 countries, with offices in the UK, Hong Kong and China.

Where we are now

WCBS, and our products, have been constantly evolving. But the speed at which we evolve has been accelerating exponentially in more recent years.

In other sectors, outside of EdTech, we have seen large investment and innovative technology, delivering differentiated business models and first-class user experiences that have challenged the incumbents within their industries. WCBS is bringing this investment and disruption to EdTech, and more specifically, to Independent and International Schools.

We have invested and are continuing to invest millions of pounds into our product set. Delivering next generation, cloud native systems that use the very latest technology in order to achieve a 10x better user experience for Independent and International Schools.

This culminated in the launch of HUBmis in October 2020 and will be swiftly followed with exciting developments across our other core areas; Admissions & Finance.

The user friendly and intuitive software we have created is not only a joy to use, but saves huge administration time, allowing schools to focus on delivering outstanding education and ultimately better outcomes for students.

The Journey Ahead

With this technology, comes a very exciting roadmap.

Built on a read and write API, this next generation technology opens up so many possibilities, allowing Independent & International Schools to choose the best in breed solutions without the need to compromise.

In the meantime, WCBS will continue to learn, improve, and innovate, so that Independent & International schools can continue to deliver outstanding education.

About Us

The Company

Founded in 1984, WCBS specialises in providing integrated management systems to Independent & International schools across three core areas: Admissions, MIS & Finance.

Owned by Westleigh Investments, WCBS operates in 40 countries, with offices in the UK, Hong Kong and China.

Where we are now

WCBS, and our products, have been constantly evolving. But the speed at which we evolve has been accelerating exponentially in more recent years.

In other sectors, outside of EdTech, we have seen large investment and innovative technology, delivering differentiated business models and first-class user experiences that have challenged the incumbents within their industries. WCBS is bringing this investment and disruption to EdTech, and more specifically, to Independent and International Schools.

We have invested and are continuing to invest millions of pounds into our product set. Delivering next generation, cloud native systems that use the very latest technology in order to achieve a 10x better user experience for Independent and International Schools.

This culminated in the launch of HUBmis in October 2020 and will be swiftly followed with exciting developments across our other core areas; Admissions & Finance.

The user friendly and intuitive software we have created is not only a joy to use, but saves huge administration time, allowing schools to focus on delivering outstanding education and ultimately better outcomes for students.

The Journey Ahead

With this technology, comes a very exciting roadmap.

Built on a read and write API, this next generation technology opens up so many possibilities, allowing Independent & International Schools to choose the best in breed solutions without the need to compromise.

In the meantime, WCBS will continue to learn, improve, and innovate, so that Independent & International schools can continue to deliver outstanding education.

Leadership Team

Stephen Bilboe
Chief Executive Officer

John Cannon
Sales Director

Neil Butcher
Product Director

Stephen is passionate about using technology to support schools with over ten years’ experience in EdTech before joining WCBS in January 2019. As an effective leader, he focuses on building high performing teams providing a first-class customer experience. Stephen spends time outside of work with his wife and children, he enjoys watching cricket and playing golf when the sun is shining, and, as a qualified ski instructor, he likes to return to the mountains whenever possible.

John first joined the WCBS Sales team in January 2009, and was appointed Sales Director in 2021 having previously been Head of the UK Sales Team. He has worked with independent schools since 1997, so has a great understanding of how they operate and what they require from the EdTech industry. John resides in Torquay in the South West of England, enjoying the combination of countryside and coast. When he’s not busy with work he spends time with his wife and two daughters.

Neil joined WCBS in 2006 on the customer helpline. Since then he has gained vast experience throughout the company in positions as Training Consultant, Alumni Software Sales & Product Manager, International Sales Consultant and Implementations Manager. Clearly Neil loves working at WCBS and was even the Operations Director before being appointed in 2018 as Product Director. Neil is sporty and spends his spare time in the fresh air playing football and golf, as well as riding his bike.

Antony Woodhams
Development Director

Alex Williams
Operations Director

Holly Andrews
Executive Assistant & HR

Antony graduated with a first-class degree in Software Engineering Management and for over 20 years has enjoyed numerous software development and architecture roles. Prior to joining WCBS in 2018, he worked on strategic acquisitions/partnership programmes as Chief Architect, led teams as a developer and manager and enjoyed mentoring software teams. When he’s away from the office, Antony enjoys going to theme parks with his wife and daughters, reading, playing the guitar, and spending time with friends and family.

Alex joined WCBS in 2016 as Implementations Manager. He then moved into the role of Operations Manager in 2018 and got promoted to Operations Director in September 2019. He brings a wealth of process and management experience coupled with a passion for exceptional customer service. In his spare time, Alex reads crime fiction, with the hope that one day he will write his first novel. He enjoys spending time walking, climbing and travelling to new places with his family, as well as cooking for his friends.

Holly joined WCBS as the Receptionist in early 2016, adding Executive Assistant to her role shortly after and HR Adviser a year on. Clearly talented at multitasking, Holly enjoys working for a flexible and supportive company, alongside friendly and helpful colleagues. In her spare time, and with the help of two First Class degrees with Distinction in Fashion, Holly runs a small business making clothing, accessories, and jewellery. She also enjoys walking, cooking and reading with an appreciation for Harry Potter and all things Slytherin!

Richard Walling
Director of Customer Success

Christopher Parr
Finance Manager

Richard joined WCBS in 1997, prior to which he has worked in independent schools for 10 years; it’s clear why he is known as the guru! In 2021 Richard was made Director of Customer Success, the perfect role as one of the things he likes most is meeting customers and helping them to use our software to its full potential.
When he’s not looking after our customers, Richard can be found looking after his two classic Morris Minors and taking long walks in the countryside.

In 2004, Chris joined WCBS as a Training Consultant travelling to schools around the world, in 2016 he took over as Consultancy Team Leader. Having a wealth of knowledge regarding our finance products, he was well equipped in 2018 to become the company’s Finance Manager. Chris is a keen angler and participates in many matches with a high level of success. Chris also enjoys walks with his family and two dogs, who apparently always have more energy than he does!

Management Team

Andrea Hare
Finance Product Manager

Ian Adams
Academic Product Manager

Sharon Voisey
Support Services Manager

Andrea has been in post as Finance Product Manager at WCBS since mid-2016. She loves the challenges she faces in the role, managing the development requirements of our finance systems to better support our customers’ needs. Her favourite day is Cake Tuesday, or to be more healthy Fruit Monday! Andrea likes to spend time with her children who have now grown up and left home, pottering around in her garden, reading and enjoying long walks with her dog named Ellie.

Ian joined WCBS in 2001, first working with UK schools, then extending his consultancy and training into Europe, and then moving to Hong Kong for six years to support international and bilingual schools. He returned to the UK to head up the Consultancy Team before taking on the role of Academic Product Manager, supported by his extensive knowledge of our product suite. When not at work Ian likes to play and watch cricket, shop for second-hand vinyl and travel (40 countries and counting…)

Sharon joined WCBS in 2014 with a BSc in Multimedia Computing, FDSc in eBusiness Technologies, extensive corporate internet and e-tech experience, plus an impressive record of customer relationships – helping to continue the established reputation of our Support Team. Sharon loves the WCBS environment and all things passFINANCE and was promoted to Support Services Manager in 2019. Sharon spends her spare time gardening, entertaining, travelling and exploring different cultures.

Simon Jones
Technical Services Manager

Christina Brown
Software Development Manager

James Darlington
Consultancy Services Manager

Simon joined Tech Support at WCBS in 2002. He now heads up the Technical Services Team who are responsible for resolving customer issues, implementing/migrating software, and maintaining internal and hosted infrastructure for the business. The continual challenges the team faces, keeps him driven in his role. Simon lives and breathes tech, surrounding himself with an abundance of gadgets. He also enjoys walking his “awesome” dogs, visiting English Heritage sites with his partner.

Prior to joining WCBS in September 2003, Christina spent 15 years in software development and systems management. In her current role she ensures her team delivers high quality software for our on-premise product range, whilst still being very hands-on with Analysis and Quality Assurance. Outside of work, Christina is a member of her local Parish Council, enjoys walking with her husband and dogs, shooting, spending time with her friends and curling up on the sofa to read a good book.

James, a former WCBS customer, joined WCBS in January 2014 as a Training Consultant. He has an HE Diploma in Computing and IT, along with studying PRINCE2 Project Management methodology. In 2016 he became an Implementations Project Manager and was promoted to Consultancy Services Manager in January 2021. James enjoys working closely with his team to support successful product implementations. He loves being outdoors: walking, running and camping while exploring new places.

Emily Turner
Marketing Manager

Emily joined WCBS in 2020. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2017 with a degree in English Language, before obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma from the same institution, in International Public Relations and Global Communications Management. Since leaving education she has gained experience in both agency and in-house roles. Emily enjoys knitting, but says “that doesn’t mean I’m good at it. If you want a scarf you should let me know at least a year in advance!”.

Leadership Team

Stephen Bilboe
Stephen BilboeChief Executive Officer
Stephen is passionate about using technology to support schools with over ten years’ experience in EdTech before joining WCBS in January 2019. As an effective leader, he focuses on building high performing teams providing a first-class customer experience. Stephen spends time outside of work with his wife and children, he enjoys watching cricket and playing golf when the sun is shining, and, as a qualified ski instructor, he likes to return to the mountains whenever possible.
John Cannon
John CannonSales Director
John first joined the WCBS Sales team in January 2009, and was appointed Sales Director in 2021 having previously been Head of the UK Sales Team. He has worked with independent schools since 1997, so has a great understanding of how they operate and what they require from the EdTech industry. John resides in Torquay in the South West of England, enjoying the combination of countryside and coast. When he’s not busy with work he spends time with his wife and two daughters.
Neil Butcher
Neil ButcherProduct Director
Neil joined WCBS in 2006 on the customer helpline. Since then he has gained vast experience throughout the company in positions as Training Consultant, Alumni Software Sales & Product Manager, International Sales Consultant and Implementations Manager. Clearly Neil loves working at WCBS and was even the Operations Director before being appointed in 2018 as Product Director. Neil is sporty and spends his spare time in the fresh air playing football and golf, as well as riding his bike.
Antony Woodhams
Antony WoodhamsDevelopment Director
Antony graduated with a first-class degree in Software Engineering Management and for over 20 years has enjoyed numerous software development and architecture roles. Prior to joining WCBS in 2018, he worked on strategic acquisitions/partnership programmes as Chief Architect, led teams as a developer and manager and enjoyed mentoring software teams. When he’s away from the office, Antony enjoys going to theme parks with his wife and daughters, reading, playing the guitar, and spending time with friends and family.
Alex Williams
Alex WilliamsOperations Director
Alex joined WCBS in 2016 as Implementations Manager. He then moved into the role of Operations Manager in 2018 and got promoted to Operations Director in September 2019. He brings a wealth of process and management experience coupled with a passion for exceptional customer service. In his spare time, Alex reads crime fiction, with the hope that one day he will write his first novel. He enjoys spending time walking, climbing and travelling to new places with his family, as well as cooking for his friends.
Holly Andrews
Holly AndrewsExecutive Assistant & HR
Holly joined WCBS as the Receptionist in early 2016, adding Executive Assistant to her role shortly after and HR Adviser a year on. Clearly talented at multitasking, Holly enjoys working for a flexible and supportive company, alongside friendly and helpful colleagues. In her spare time, and with the help of two First Class degrees with Distinction in Fashion, Holly runs a small business making clothing, accessories, and jewellery. She also enjoys walking, cooking and reading with an appreciation for Harry Potter and all things Slytherin!
Richard Walling
Richard WallingDirector of Customer Success
Richard joined WCBS in 1997, prior to which he has worked in independent schools for 10 years; it’s clear why he is known as the guru! In 2021 Richard was made Director of Customer Success, the perfect role as one of the things he likes most is meeting customers and helping them to use our software to its full potential.
When he’s not looking after our customers, Richard can be found looking after his two classic Morris Minors and taking long walks in the countryside.
Christopher Parr
Christopher ParrFinance Manager
In 2004, Chris joined WCBS as a Training Consultant travelling to schools around the world, in 2016 he took over as Consultancy Team Leader. Having a wealth of knowledge regarding our finance products, he was well equipped in 2018 to become the company’s Finance Manager. Chris is a keen angler and participates in many matches with a high level of success. Chris also enjoys walks with his family and two dogs, who apparently always have more energy than he does!

Management Team

Andrea Hare
Andrea HareFinance Product Manager
Andrea has been in post as Finance Product Manager at WCBS since mid-2016. She loves the challenges she faces in the role, managing the development requirements of our finance systems to better support our customers’ needs. Her favourite day is Cake Tuesday, or to be more healthy Fruit Monday! Andrea likes to spend time with her children who have now grown up and left home, pottering around in her garden, reading and enjoying long walks with her dog named Ellie.
Ian Adams
Ian AdamsAcademic Product Manager
Ian joined WCBS in 2001, first working with UK schools, then extending his consultancy and training into Europe, and then moving to Hong Kong for six years to support international and bilingual schools. He returned to the UK to head up the Consultancy Team before taking on the role of Academic Product Manager, supported by his extensive knowledge of our product suite. When not at work Ian likes to play and watch cricket, shop for second-hand vinyl and travel (40 countries and counting…)
Sharon Voisey
Sharon VoiseySupport Services Manager
Sharon joined WCBS in 2014 with a BSc in Multimedia Computing, FDSc in eBusiness Technologies, extensive corporate internet and e-tech experience, plus an impressive record of customer relationships – helping to continue the established reputation of our Support Team. Sharon loves the WCBS environment and all things passFINANCE and was promoted to Support Services Manager in 2019. Sharon spends her spare time gardening, entertaining, travelling and exploring different cultures.
Simon Jones
Simon JonesTechnical Services Manager
Simon joined Tech Support at WCBS in 2002. He now heads up the Technical Services Team who are responsible for resolving customer issues, implementing/migrating software, and maintaining internal and hosted infrastructure for the business. The continual challenges the team faces, keeps him driven in his role. Simon lives and breathes tech, surrounding himself with an abundance of gadgets. He also enjoys walking his “awesome” dogs, visiting English Heritage sites with his partner.
Christina Brown
Christina BrownSoftware Development Manager
Prior to joining WCBS in September 2003, Christina spent 15 years in software development and systems management. In her current role she ensures her team delivers high quality software for our on-premise product range, whilst still being very hands-on with Analysis and Quality Assurance. Outside of work, Christina is a member of her local Parish Council, enjoys walking with her husband and dogs, shooting, spending time with her friends and curling up on the sofa to read a good book.
James Darlington
James DarlingtonConsultancy Services Manager
James, a former WCBS customer, joined WCBS in January 2014 as a Training Consultant. He has an HE Diploma in Computing and IT, along with studying PRINCE2 Project Management methodology. In 2016 he became an Implementations Project Manager and was promoted to Consultancy Services Manager in January 2021. James enjoys working closely with his team to support successful product implementations. He loves being outdoors: walking, running and camping while exploring new places.
Emily Turner
Emily TurnerMarketing Manager
Emily joined WCBS in 2020. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2017 with a degree in English Language, before obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma from the same institution, in International Public Relations and Global Communications Management. Since leaving education she has gained experience in both agency and in-house roles. Emily enjoys knitting, but says “that doesn’t mean I’m good at it. If you want a scarf you should let me know at least a year in advance!”.