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 for thirteen years 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.

 

Meet Chris Gaze

 

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Awards

 

Selected as one of Accountancy Age's 35 Under 35 Best and Brightest Accountancy Talents in the UK 2015

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

Accounting Executive

Sarah is an experienced 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 while studying with the ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants).

 

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.

 

Meet Sarah Fox

 

David Hayes

Business Development Consultant

After leaving the RAF, David gathered fourteen years of experience across accountancy roles from purchase ledger assistant to accounts manager - primarily in the city working for Cinven. He then changed careers, working in estate agency for Countrywide for two years before joining RIFT. Originally working in processing, Dave now divides his time between RIFT's Tax Refunds and Accounting sides as Business Development Co-Ordinator.

Ferociously competitive, Dave's background in the RAF taught him never to accept failure in any manner, from sales to tennis. Driven by the pure adrenaline buzz of that only landing a new client can provide, he goes to any effort in pursuit of the RIFT Revolution's goals. Nothing less will satisfy him.

 

Michael Daly

Senior Accounting Associate

Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (FCA) and  has over twenty five years’ experience as a Financial Controller/Finance Director  during which time he has worked with some of Kent’s fasting growing companies. He has joined the Rift Accounting as a Senior Associate really boosting the teams’ expertise in corporate financing, capital fund raising, working capital and cash flow management,  share schemes, mergers & acquisitions as well as taxation, financial reporting and compliance.

Michael came over from Ireland in 1994 making Ashford home, is married to Mary and has 4 children. In his spare time (which isn’t much) Michael can be found enjoying a round of golf and is a keen rugby fan. All time sporting heroes include Seve Ballesteros and Brian O’Driscoll and Michael believes sport can teach important lessons in life and business. Michael gets a buzz from helping others achieve their goals and enjoys working alongside business owners.

Jennie Sherwood

Senior Accounting Associate

Jennie is FCA qualified (ICAEW) and following a hugely successful career working full time in an accountancy practice, Jennie has now decided to work on a free-lance basis so she can manage work around her young family. For us this is great news as she has joined the team on a consultancy basis to help our clients get the more specialist tax and accounting advice and help they need to grow.

Financial mastery is Jennie’s strength. She can take a look at the numbers and within seconds put her finger on the health of a business. So give her a balance sheet, profit & loss or cash flow forecast and she is a happy lady! With an in depth knowledge of accounts preparation as well as a focus on building revenue and maintaining competitive advantage, Jennie is a great asset to any client.

Catherine Hopkins

Accounting Apprentice

Catherine joins the team as our first ever Apprentice, working towards a Level 2 qualification as an IT Application Specialist. For us this is great news and we hope to learn a lot from her about specialist software and how you can use IT to improving your productivity. She is also going to learn everything there is to know about accounting and the importance of offering our clients outstanding customer service. Already she is proving she is up to the challenge and is already taking on more and more tasks with each passing week.

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 to live 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.


Justyna Deidda

Business Development Coordinator

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. 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.

Elsa Waghorn

Payroll Coordinator

Elsa has looked after payrolls for international accounts for the past nine years. She has a deep understanding of the difficulty of building a business while balancing both workload and finances, gained from personal experience creating a successful business with her husband. Elsa has also worked as a sales ledger supervisor in the worlds of fashion and IT.

 

Whether personally landscaping her garden to her own designs, riding the wild waves or caring for her clients' payroll problems at RIFT Accounting, she never tires of life on the front line.

Cinzia Beretta

Business Development Manager

Cinzia has a long and highly successful career developing and growing her own business, Europe in England, which provides business services in the UK for foreign entrepreneurs.

 

Globe-trotting time traveller and bearer of the most dangerously cool name in all of Business Development, Cinzia has adventured across Europe for most of her life. From the world of high fashion to the turbulent life of water ski instruction, she works brilliantly in any environment.

Bradley Post

Commercial Director

Bradley was previously a consultant at Accenture for ten years, and has worked extensively with a range of blue chip clients. He brings a detailed understanding of the very specific needs of businesses as they are starting up or scaling up.

 

A thrill-seeker without equal, Bradley traded the tumultuous life of a pharmacologist for the danger and excitement only RIFT Accounting can offer. Enraged by the high, unnecessary costs of conventional accountants, he decided to beat them at their own game. Bradley's motto is "you swim with the sharks, or you sleep with the fishes."


Norma Thomas

Business Development

After starting her career supporting the management team at Cork Airport in Ireland, Norma moved to Kent and was privileged to work directly with Brake Bros founders, Peter, Frank and William Brake. Norma was thrilled to join RIFT Ltd in 2011 and has a passion for seeing individuals and small businesses receive the tax refunds and credits they deserve. She's an active member of The British and Irish Trading Alliance, The Irish International Business Network, The Doyle Club and The London Irish Construction Network.

With a memory for faces so acute she technically qualifies as a superheroine, Norma's networking skills and welcoming attitude make her a vital lynchpin of Team RIFT. Part social catalyst and part business liaison mastermind  (with just a dash of globe-trotting water-skier for flavour)- she's the first hand on deck in the morning and the last feet on the dance floor at night.

 

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