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HCSS Education appoints head of product to oversee innovative education finance solutions

HCSS Education, part of the Access Group and a leading education finance specialist, has appointed a new head of product management to oversee their range of innovative solutions designed exclusively for the education sector.

James Shephard will be heading up the team responsible for ensuring that HCSS’ software solutions are tailored to customer needs. Easy to use and intuitive, the software portfolio is designed to give schools the edge when it comes to financial management and strategic planning. 

James has over 12 years’ experience in the education sector both in and out of schools and fulfils voluntary roles as Chair of an infant school and Vice Chair of a secondary school. Prior to his role at HCSS Education, James was product manager at XMA Ltd and was responsible for ICT hardware implementation. Before this he worked as technical project manager for the firm Advanced Learning.

Commenting on his appointment, James Shephard, said: “I bring to the role a thorough understanding of the education sector and a wealth of experience overseeing the launch of large-scale IT solutions. To ensure the HCSS Education product portfolio is a market leader, I will be working with key stakeholders to gain the clearest picture of what they require from the software.

“I will also be managing the product team to achieve maximum visibility for the products and to ensure the products become the go-to solutions in the education sector. I look forward to working with HCSS Education and such exciting and forward-thinking products.”

Howard Jackson, Head of Education & Founder of HCSS Education, said: “We’re delighted to welcome James to the company. He brings with him a fresh approach, which will help strengthen our already strong product team. He has a wealth of experience in the industry and demonstrates a deep understanding of the key financial challenges facing the education sector, which will help inform the product strategy. We are thrilled to have him on board and we believe he will be integral in moving the business forward”.

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