Meet the Team

julie-austenJulie Austen
Director & Founder of Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd 

Julie also known as ‘Jules has recently been made a Fellow within the ICB. With over 30 years’ Experience Julie can adapt and assist with any Bookkeeping/ Account Management needs ensuring that only the best service is given. Winning Employer of the Year 2015 & Best Large Practice of the Year 2014 at the ICB Global Awards Julie shows excellent Leadership skills managing her Team.

When not in the office you will find Julie pottering in her Garden with a sneaky Prosecco or out walking her Boys; a Spotty Dalmatian who lacks his ears but makes up for it with his talent in sign language. And Jasper, a soppy fun loving mongrel who will forever live his life as ‘Peter-Pan’ and remain a Pup!


laurieLaurie Austen Director / Fully Qualified Bookkeeper 

Laurie is not only a Director of the Company but is our Youngest Fully Qualified Bookkeeper. Laurie also has the responsibility of Training clients on Software and gets companies up and running confidently. Being the Office IT Guru he is never without work…. Good Job he can multi-task!

Laurie recently took a GAP Year after renovating a Transit Van in to a fully working Camper Van. Now he is back his time is packed out between being in the office Part-Time & studying Computing at Buckingham University. In his spare time you will find him jamming with his buddies.


stephStephanie PartridgeFully Certified Bookkeeper AICB / Marketing Executive

Stephanie works Part-time at the office in-between raising her little ones. She also looks after the Marketing & offers this Service to our clients. Stephanie completed her ICB Study alongside Gemma, another member of ‘Team BiB’ using the Buddy System. With both Steph and Gemma being competitive in Study & Work only great results are accomplished.

When not in the office you will find Steph out on the fields sporting a pair of wellies whatever the weather with her ‘mini me’ in tow and an array of animals…



gemmaGemma Griffiths Fully Certified Bookkeeper AICB 

Gemma is our Full-timer based at our office but spends part of her week field based with clients to suit their needs. Having completed her ICB level 3 in Bookkeeping & more recently Payroll Diploma there is never a moment she isn’t busy with something in the office. Her Customer Service skills are excellent and her ability to multi-task make her a great asset to the company.

When not in the office you will find Gemma in her Lycra smashing a gym class. Gemma is early for everything and has a bubbly, outgoing character you cannot help but like. When not in the gym or socialising with her friends she will be found with her sidekick – Gus.



rhannaRahana Raffell  Fully Certified Bookkeeper AICB / Social Media Expert

Rahana more familiarly known as ‘Rah’ has a thirst for knowledge and is always readily available to help at work or home where she does a lot overtime whilst looking after her little boy. Being flexible and committed makes Rah a valuable member of the Team who fitted in from Day 1. Rah also takes care of all our social media.

When not in the office Rah loves family time & foraging outside with her toddler. She is often away on short breaks to the seaside but is guaranteed to be back in the office by Monday with her calculator and Red pen in hand!



Ilze Burnett AICB 

Ilze is the most recent member of ‘Team BIB’ and what a member she is! She’s sharp, on the ball and so keen to learn more and progress to a Fully Certified Bookkeeper, which she is currently studying for. Ilze is a real team player and always there to lend a hand to co-workers to try and ease the load. Likewise, she’s keen to participate in team building days.

When not in the office Ilze can be seen walking! She loves trekking to places in brightly coloured socks, with her two children in tow. She loves family time, cake and cooking – we are all envious of her lunches in the office.



brianBrian AustenDirector/Office Manager  

Brian is our Office Manager and is responsible for keeping the Team in line and ensuring all Office needs are met. He also handles Auto-Enrolment so his days are pretty full! Being Office Manager also has its perks… he managed to miss himself off the tea rota!

When not in the office Brian can be found in his man cave constructing RC Airplanes (or mending those from his latest flights!) His favourite way to travel is on his beloved motorcycle which is polished far too regularly.



Rachel Stewart – Certified Bookkeeper

Rachel is the newest bookkeeper to join our team. She is working hard to become qualified in both payroll and advanced bookkeeping. Rachel has just achieved her Level 3… Well Done Rachel! This now makes her a great addition to team BiB in that she is now a fully certified bookkeeper.

When not in the office, Rachel is very skilled with a needle and thread and will make bunting and baby blankets at every opportunity. Rachel loves to spend time in her garden digging and weeding and she also has two small boys who keep her very busy in the great outdoors. When time allows Rachel keeps her headspace clear by running, In June this year she did a 10k run.



Gabriella Gaskin-Farley – Administration Assistant

Gabriella is the newest member of our team, working hard to keep us all organised! She works with ‘Team BIB’ three mornings a week on anything and everything the team need her to do.

When not in the office, Gabriella loves spending family time with her baby boy, going for walks and playing in the garden. She is constantly having hair-brained business ideas that drive her partner mad so he’s hoping working with the BIB team will keep her mind occupied!



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