About Us

The Company

With more than 35 years’ experience, operating in over 40 countries, WCBS is a trusted supplier of leading school MIS and finance software, providing integrated solutions to the independent and international education sector.

WCBS supports the whole school with the first true cloud platform and a portfolio of solutions across Admissions, Academic, Finance, Administration and Alumni.

Our aim is to ensure schools can access, organise, manage and share information quickly and accurately, saving valuable time and increasing efficiencies, so they can focus on delivering outstanding education.

WCBS is owned by Westleigh Investments, a company based in the South West of England and South Wales that has controlling investments in a diverse range of businesses, including Bespoke International School Recruitment experts, Edvectus.

The Company

With more than 35 years’ experience, operating in over 40 countries, WCBS is a trusted supplier of leading school MIS and finance software, providing integrated solutions to the independent and international education sector.

WCBS supports the whole school with the first true cloud platform and a portfolio of solutions across Admissions, Academic, Finance, Administration and Alumni.

Our aim is to ensure schools can access, organise, manage and share information quickly and accurately, saving valuable time and increasing efficiencies, so they can focus on delivering outstanding education.

WCBS is owned by Westleigh Investments, a company based in the South West of England and South Wales that has controlling investments in a diverse range of businesses, including Bespoke International School Recruitment experts, Edvectus.

Emma Goodwin
Chief Executive Officer

Emma joined WCBS at the beginning of 2017. Having worked within the software industry since graduating from Bath University with a first-class Honours degree in Mathematics and Computing, her experiences have shown her that there is no substitute for well-designed systems backed by exemplary customer service. She is looking forward to working with the team to build on the successes of the company to date. Emma is married and enjoys sailing, skiing and long walks in the sunshine.

Stephen Bilboe
Sales & Marketing Director

Stephen is passionate about using technology to support schools with over ten years’ experience in EdTech before joining WCBS in 2019. As an effective leader of Sales & Marketing, 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.

Neil Butcher
Product 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
Development Director

Antony graduated with a first-class degree in Software Engineering Management and for over 18 years has enjoyed numerous software development and architecture roles. Prior to joining WCBS in 2018, he worked for strategic acquisitions/partnership as Chief Architect. He then refreshed his skills working in development whilst mentoring other team members. 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
Operations 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
Executive 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!

Christopher Parr
Finance 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!

Andrea Hare
Finance Product Manager

Andrea has been in the position of Finance Product Manager at WCBS since mid-2016. She loves the challenges she faces in the role, managing the development requirements of our financial systems to better support our customers’ needs. Her favourite day is Cake Tuesday, or to be more health-conscious, 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
Academic 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
Support 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
Technical Services Manager

Simon joined Tech Support at WCBS in 2002. He now heads up the Technical Services Team who is 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
Software 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.

Cerith Needs
Training & Consultancy Manager

Cerith started off in education as a biology teacher, with a BSc in Zoology, PGCE and MA in Educational Leadership & Management. He moved into the EdTech sector as an Account Manager for a cashless payment provider. Cerith joined WCBS in April 2019, leading the delivery of high-quality informative training to our customers. He says, “I enjoy working with a fantastic team of encouraging and supporting people”. In his spare time, Cerith enjoys adventure sports, travelling and badminton.

Ashton Porter
Marketing Manager

Ashton began her career in marketing at an independent school. After building her skill set and knowledge of the role, Ashton joined WCBS in 2017. Now in position as Marketing Manager, she immerses herself in the busy and dynamic department. Outside of work Ashton, her partner and their dog, enjoy the simplicity of ‘van-life’, exploring the coast and mountains, reading and relaxing, with some water sports in between. She loves being creative and relishes the chance to learn something new.

James Darlington
Implementations Manager

James, a former WCBS customer, joined WCBS in January 2014 as a Training Consultant. He has a 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 Implementations Manager in May 2018. James enjoys working closely with his team to support successful product implementations. He loves being outdoors: walking, running, and camping while exploring new places.

Emma joined WCBS at the beginning of 2017. Having worked within the software industry since graduating from Bath University with a first-class Honours degree in Mathematics and Computing, her experiences have shown her that there is no substitute for well-designed systems backed by exemplary customer service. She is looking forward to working with the team to build on the successes of the company to date. Emma is married and enjoys sailing, skiing and long walks in the sunshine.

Stephen is passionate about using technology and data to support schools and had over ten years’ experience in EdTech before joining WCBS in 2019. As an effective leader of the Sales & Marketing departments, 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.

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 and Product Manager, International Sales Consultant and Implementations Manager. Neil was the Operations Director before being appointed in 2018 as Product Director. He likes working at WCBS and enjoys the friendly environment. Neil is sporty and spends his spare time in the fresh air playing football and golf, as well as riding his bike.

Antony graduated with a first-class degree in Software Engineering Management and for over 18 years has enjoyed numerous software development and architecture roles. Before joining WCBS in 2018, he worked for strategic acquisitions/partnership as Chief Architect, refreshed his skills working full time in development, whilst mentoring other team members. When not at work, Antony goes to theme parks with his wife and daughters, reads, plays the guitar, and enjoys 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!

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!

Andrea has been in the position of Finance Product Manager at WCBS since mid-2016. She loves the challenges she faces in the role, managing the development requirements of our financial 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…)

Simon joined Tech Support at WCBS in 2002. He now heads up the Technical Services Team who is 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.

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.

Prior to joining WCBS in September 2003, Christina spent 15 years in software development and systems management. In her current role as Software Development Manager, 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 their dogs, shooting, spending time with her friends and curling up on the sofa to read a good book.

Cerith started off in education as a biology teacher, with a BSc in Zoology, PGCE, and MA in Educational Leadership & Management. He moved into the EdTech sector as an Account Manager for a cashless payment provider. Cerith joined WCBS in April 2019, leading the delivery of high-quality informative training to our customers. He says, “I enjoy working with a fantastic team of encouraging and supporting people”. In his spare time, Cerith enjoys adventure sports, travelling and badminton.

Ashton began her career in marketing at an independent school. After building her skill set and knowledge of the role, Ashton joined WCBS in 2017. Now in position as Marketing Manager, she immerses herself in the busy and dynamic department. Outside of work Ashton, her partner and their dog, enjoy the simplicity of ‘van-life’, exploring the coast and mountains, reading and relaxing, with some water sports in between. She loves being creative and relishes the chance to learn something new.

James, a former WCBS customer, joined the company in January 2014 as a Training Consultant. He has a HE Diploma in Computing and IT, along with studying PRINCE2 Project Management methodology. In 2016 James moved into the Operations team as an Implementations Project Manager and was promoted to Implementations Manager in May 2018. James enjoys working closely with his team to support successful product implementations. He loves being outdoors: walking, running, and camping, while exploring new places.

Emma Goodwin
Chief Executive Officer

Emma joined WCBS at the beginning of 2017. Having worked within the software industry since graduating from Bath University with a first-class Honours degree in Mathematics and Computing, her experiences have shown her that there is no substitute for well-designed systems backed by exemplary customer service. She is looking forward to working with the team to build on the successes of the company to date. Emma is married and enjoys sailing, skiing and long walks in the sunshine.

Stephen Bilboe
Sales & Marketing Director

Stephen is passionate about using technology to support schools with over ten years’ experience in EdTech before joining WCBS in 2019. As an effective leader of Sales & Marketing, 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.

Neil Butcher
Product 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
Development Director

Antony graduated with a first-class degree in Software Engineering Management and for over 18 years has enjoyed numerous software development and architecture roles. Prior to joining WCBS in 2018, he worked for strategic acquisitions/partnership as Chief Architect. He then refreshed his skills working in development whilst mentoring other team members. 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
Operations 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
Executive 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!

Christopher Parr
Finance 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!

Andrea Hare
Finance Product Manager

Andrea has been in position 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
Academic 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
Support 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
Technical 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
Software 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.

Cerith Needs
Training & Consultancy Manager

Cerith started off in education as a biology teacher, with a BSc in Zoology, PGCE and MA in Educational Leadership & Management. He moved into the EdTech sector as an Account Manager for a cashless payment provider. Cerith joined WCBS in April 2019, leading the delivery of high-quality informative training to our customers. He says, “I enjoy working with a fantastic team of encouraging and supporting people”. In his spare time, Cerith enjoys adventure sports, travelling and badminton.

Ashton Porter
Marketing Manager

Ashton began her career in marketing at an independent school. After building her skillset and knowledge of the role, Ashton joined WCBS in 2017. Now in position as Marketing Manager, she immerses herself in the busy and dynamic department. Outside of work Ashton, her partner and their dog, enjoy the simplicity of ‘van-life’, exploring the coast and mountains, reading and relaxing, with a bit of water sports in between. She loves being creative and relishes the chance to learn something new.

James Darlington
Implementations 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 Implementations Manager in May 2018. James enjoys working closely with his team to support successful product implementations. He loves being outdoors: walking, running and camping while exploring new places.