Meet The Team

Chris Gaze

Senior Accountant

Chris is ACA (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) qualified and has worked in accounting practices of varying sizes since the turn of the century on a variety of accounting, auditing and tax assignments for many different industries.

Chris spent his early life on a farm, before the irresistible will of fate called him away to a life in accountancy. The thirteen years of training that followed were exacting, but he emerged a Senior Accountant with great knowledge at his command.


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Annette Bunn

Partnership Manager

Annette has a wide-ranging background in banking, business development and business support, has supported start-ups and worked for a CiC. Her intensive, first-hand experience in the running and development of her own successful company accounts for her understanding of the need to work on - and not just in - a business.


Cultured and passionate, the intensity of  Annette's love of Greek holidays, good red wine and property development is matched by her vigorous support of RIFT's critical business relationships. Whether visiting remote ski resorts or fulfilling a lifelong dream of ballooning across the Serengeti, the net of connections she weaves wherever she goes forms a vital piece of the safety equipment RIFT's clients rely on. Wherever they are in the world, whatever they may be doing,  Annette will assemble the best team for the job.

Sarah Fox


Sarah is an experienced and ACCA and AAT-qualified accountant with a strong track record of managing accounts departments and a hunger for challenges. Joining RIFT Accounting in December 2014, she's building on her already considerable achievements by handling multiple clients.


Focused, dynamic and able to outpace a coyote with a rocket pack on foot, Sarah Fox is the latest adventurer to race her way into the RIFT. The intense physical training that saw her surviving marathons in Brighton and London make the life of a RIFT explorer a natural choice for the fastest accountant on two legs. There are no properly qualified coyote accountants, but we're pretty certain she could beat them too.


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Victoria Sharp


A key asset to RIFT's accounting team, Victoria completed her AAT qualification in 2012. She's now looking to continue her studies, working toward full ACCA qualification.


A life in the RIFT is not for the faint of heart, and Victoria demonstrates exactly what it takes to make it your home. A sky-diver, bungee-jumper and lover of international travel, she always returns to the most exhilarating pursuit of all – accounting.



Rachel Hopkins


Rachel is an AAT-qualified accountant who has previously worked for one of the top 20 UK firms for 6 years. She spent 3 years in auditing, during which time she audited firms as far afield as the Falkland Islands. Her current plans include completing her ACA studies.

The fearless Rachel has performed accounting duties in some of the harshest conditions known to mankind. From the gruelling physical demands of chasing after her young family at home to facing down the notoriously vicious penguin hordes of the Falklands, she laughs in the beak of danger.

Luke James

Assistant Accountant

Graduating with First Class honours in Economics and Business, Luke is an exceptional up-and-comer already working with an impressive portfolio of clients. He’s now studying ACCA and is well on his way to becoming a fully qualified accountant in his own right.

Luke has blazed a trail to RIFT on his own terms, his ambition and talent driving him from brewery work to the high-stakes, high-energy life of a RIFT Warrior. An avid enthusiast of sport, fast cars and the gym life, he has a brain for business and a passion for adventure – an adrenaline-fuelled cocktail that can only be found in the uncharted reaches of the RIFT…

Justyna Deidda


Having co-run a very successful small business for over ten years, Justyna has incredible depth of knowledge across many accountancy fields and is an expert in self-employment and a qualified payroll technician with CIPP. She speaks fluent Polish, Russian, Italian and English, and has held several roles within RIFT including Claims Processing, Business Development and running Rift International to look after the needs of migrant workers.


One language wasn't enough for Justyna, so she mastered four. She had an interest in cuisine, so she built a restaurant. An expert in turning drive into lasting success, Justyna lives life the RIFT way.

Marie Backler

Business Development Consultant

Marie joined the RIFT Group after 25 years in a variety of business banking roles. She combines broad-ranging experience with a keen passion for customer service. It was that same dynamic attitude that drew her to RIFT Group, along with the opportunity to meet new and varied clients.


Marie is the perfect storm – a high-energy hurricane of enthusiasm, experience and adventurousness. If we had to build the consummate RIFT Business Development Consultant in a laboratory, it would look a lot like her. She dances at the slightest provocation.

Daniel Buckles

Junior Accountant

Daniel is a RIFT veteran, having earned his stripes in our Tax Refunds department for 2¾ years, he made a huge difference to the lives of many customers, claiming back overpaid tax they they didn’t know they were entitled to. Ready for a new challenge he climbed the stairs to RIFT Accounting to begin a new life as a junior accountant. Daniel is here to help you with completing CIS, VAT and self-assessment returns to training clients on Clearbooks accounting software and assisting with accounts preparation. He's currently studying for his AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting.

A collector and curator of retired racing greyhounds, Daniel knows what it is to live life in accounting's fast lane. Quick with his wits and fast on his feet, RIFT considers him the John Travolta of accountancy.

Catherine Hopkins

Administrator and Payroll Assistant

Catherine joined the team as our first ever Apprentice, working towards a Level 2 qualification as an IT Application Specialist. For us this was great news and we learnt a lot from her about specialist software and how you can use IT to improving your productivity.

Having now finished her apprenticeship with RIFT Accounting, Catherine is joining our Payroll department at RIFT Accounting as she continues her accounting journey as a fully qualified payroll technician with CIPP.

Asked why she wanted to do her apprenticeship with Rift Accounting she said she loved the idea of working with a local rapidly growing company with fantastic people. We promise we lived up to her expectation! In her spare time she loves reading and cooking so if you drop by the office you might find there are some tasty treats to try.

Charlie George

Administrator and Account Support

There are 2 kinds of accountants in this world: those who dance and those who don't. Charlie follows the same terpsichorean muse at both work and play, and is a blur of motion in either arena. When not dancing between the raindrops of tax law and IR35 legislation, Charlie's a car enthusiast with a keen interest in history – so your work mileage records are in good hands.

Laura Glynn

Business Development Support and Administrator

Laura is among the first people many RIFT customers encounter when they put RIFT Accounting on their team. With a real understanding of the challenges involved in setting up and nurturing a customer, she’s the ideal guide to help them through the early stages to make sure they’re well positioned to thrive. Behind every business, there’s a human story, and Laura’s the perfect person to tell yours with.

When you first step out onto the Business Battlefield, Laura Glynn is there to make sure you’re never alone. She sings, she dances, she performs a dazzling variety of admin tasks with expertise and efficiency. Highly sociable, when she’s not building businesses for clients, she can often be found in the gym or out rambling. She’s a member of the RSPB, and wants nothing more than to see your ambitions take flight.


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