About WCBS

Hundreds of school customers rely on our expertise, making WCBS the UK’s number one provider of school information management systems.

During the last 30 years we have worked with many schools including pre-prep, prep, junior, senior, all ages and international. We enjoy working with all types of customers and we believe our enthusiasm for the very best school information management systems rubs off. We like to think we’re a breath of fresh (yet credible, trustworthy and reliable) air!

We believe our portfolio of MIS and finance products are exceptional – we’ve worked really hard on them and taken guidance from experts and schools alike. They enable you to access, organise, manage and share information quickly and accurately – essentially giving you the gifts of time and efficiency.

Put simply, our systems will help you to impress all your key stakeholders – staff, pupils and parents. And we’re here to support you every step of the way.


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

Giles Clarke, Chairman
Giles Clarke began his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston. In 1981 he bought from receivership the assets of what became Majestic Wine Warehouse, where as Chairman he built it into a UK national chain. He sold the UK plc business of Majestic Wine Warehouse for £15 million in 1989.

In 1990 he founded Pet City, where as CEO he built it into a chain of over 100 stores. After taking the business public in 1995, he sold the business for £150 million in 1996 to US based PetsMart. In 1998, he co-founded Safestore, building it into the UK's third largest self storage company, selling it to Bridgepoint Capital for £44million in August 2003.

He is the former Chairmain of the England and Wales Cricket Board, and currently Chairman of Amerisur Resources PLC and several private organisations.

Nick Harrison, Chief Executive
Nick qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co and subsequently worked for Midland Bank, Deloitte and Coopers & Lybrand. He spent a number of years as a management consultant, both in the UK and overseas, where he specialised in Turnarounds, Post Acquisition Integration and Privatisation.

He was Finance Director of Pet City during its growth from 20 to over 100 stores and its subsequent sale for £150m. He co-founded Westleigh Investments and is currently a Director of Amerisur Resources Plc, Ironveld plc and a number of private companies. He is a member of the CBI's National SME Council.

Our Team

It always helps to see a face behind a name so here are some of the friendly faces you can expect to meet and talk to at our WCBS UK offices. Click here to see our international team.

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 sunshine.

Stephen Bilboe
Sales and Marketing Director

Stephen is passionate about using technology and data to support schools in delivering an outstanding education, and had over ten years’ experience in EdTech before joining WCBS in 2019. As an effective leader, he focusses on building high performing teams providing a first-class customer experience…and believes WCBS has all the right values and expertise to deliver best of breed products and service, in what is a fast and ever-changing environment. Stephen spends time outside of work with his wife and son, on the golf course 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 back in 2006, on the customer helpline. Since then he has gained 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 – he believes that all staff have a voice and are listened to, and enjoys working in 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 Woodhams
Development Director

Antony graduated with a first-class degree in Software Engineering Management and for the past 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, refreshed his skills working full time in development, and mentored other team members. At WCBS, Antony finds everyone is dedicated and enthusiastic and is looking forward to bringing his relentless focus on quality to the teams. When not at work, Antony goes on theme park days out with his wife and daughters, reads, plays the guitar, and enjoys time with friends and family.

Alex Williams
Operations Manager

Alex joined WCBS in 2016 as Implementations Manager. He became Operations Manager in 2018, bringing to the role a wealth of process and management experience coupled with a passion for exceptional customer service within the good working atmosphere of the office. In his spare time, Alex reads crime fiction in the hope that one day he will write his first novel. He spends time walking, climbing and travelling to new places with his family, as well as cooking for his friends.

Andrea Hare
Finance Product Manager

Andrea has been WCBS’ Finance Product Manager since mid 2016. She loves the challenges she faces in the role, the people she works with around her and not to mention Cake Tuesday, or to be more health conscious, Fruit Monday! Andrea likes to spend time with her children who have grown up and left home, pottering around in the garden, reading and enjoying long walks with her dog named Ellie.

Ian Adams
Academic Product Manager

Ian has had extensive experience of our products since he joined in 2001, first working with schools in the UK, then extending his consultancy and training into Europe, and after that moving to Hong Kong for six years to support international and bilingual Schools throughout Asia and the Middle East. He returned to the UK to head up the Consultancy Team before taking on the role of Academic Product Manager to put to excellent use his broad and varied knowledge of schools’ MIS needs and goals. What Ian likes most about WCBS is the focus on customer service and collaboration, the opportunity to travel and his workmates, and when not at work he likes to play and watch cricket, shop for second-hand vinyl and travel (40 countries and counting…)

Sharon Voisey
Support Services Manager

Sharon brought with her to WCBS in 2014 a BSc in Multi Media Computing, FDSc in eBusiness Technologies, extensive corporate internet and e-tech experience, plus an impressive record of customer relationships – just what we wanted 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.

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.

Kim Ruddle
Sales Office Manager

In 2012, the year of the London Olympics, Kim spent her first day gathered with the crowds on the pavement in front of the office to watch the Olympic Torch go past. Kim is proud to say that we have offices all over the world including little old Glastonbury and enjoys being part of a technology company that has world renowned educational institutions as its customers. In her spare time, Kim bakes healthy and not so healthy treats and attends the gym (to work off the baking!). She loves a good bottle of red wine and French cheese as well as sundowners on Glastonbury Tor.

Chris Parr
Finance Manager

In 2004, Chris joined WCBS as a Training Consultant travelling to schools around the UK and overseas for 12 years, in 2016 he took over as Consultancy Team Leader based at the Glastonbury office. Having a wealth of knowledge regarding our passFINANCE products, he was well equipped in 2018 to become the company’s Finance Manager. He enjoys working in the warm and friendly atmosphere with staff on whom he can rely. Chris is a keen angler and a member of the Taunton Angling Association where he is also Deputy Treasurer, and participates in many team and individual matches with a high level of success. When he is not angling, Chris enjoys walks with his family and two dogs, who apparently always have more energy than he does!

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