MEET OUR TEAM

Team

JULIE AUSTEN

C.FICB MICB PM Dip

Director & Founder of Bookkeepers in Buckingham Ltd

With over 35 years’ Experience Julie can adapt and assist with any Bookkeeping/ Account Management needs ensuring that only the best service is given. Winning Best Large Practice of the Year 2014, then winning Employer of the Year on 2 occasions 2015 & 2017 at the ICB Global Awards, Julie shows excellent Leadership skills in managing her Team.

Julie also known as ‘Jules’ was elected to the prestigious grade of Fellow within the ICB in 2017. The last highlight of her career was to be elected to the highest grade within the ICB, that of Companion of Honour in 2019.

When not in the office you will find Julie pottering in her Garden, touring in her Campa 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 Labrador who will forever live his life as ‘Peter-Pan’ and remain a Pup!

Team 2

Stephanie Partridge

Fully Certified Bookkeeper MICB

Stephanie works Part-time at the office in-between raising her little ones. She also looks after the in-house Marketing. 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 kiddies in tow and an array of animals…

Team 3

Gemma Griffiths

Certified Bookkeeper MICB PM Dip/Payroll Manager

Gemma works Part-time and splits her time between our office and on site with clients to suit their needs. Having completed her ICB level 3 in Bookkeeping & 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 either running around after her little boy or 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 Gemma loves to travel with her sidekick Gus.

Team 4

Rahana Raffell

Fully Certified Bookkeeper MICB / 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. Being flexible and committed makes Rah a valuable member of the Team who fitted in from Day 1. Rah has now completed her payroll Diploma and works with Gemma to cater for our clients payroll needs.

When not in the office Rah loves family time, 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!

Team 6

Ilze Burnett

Certified Bookkeeper AICB

Ilze is a valuable member of the BIB family and what a member she is! 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. Ilze’s time is split between the office and field based ensuring she can cater for all her clients needs.

When not in the office Ilze can be seen walking or riding her bike! 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.

Team 5

Brian Austen

Director/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.

Gabriella Gaskin-Farley

Certified Bookkeeper AICB

Gabriella is our newly certified bookkeeper having completed her studies alongside taking care of her young family and being an active member of the BiB team. Eager to become a fully fledged Bookkeeper, since completing her level 2 in March Gabriella is already well on the way to gaining her full member status. Gabriella works part time and supports one of our main clients working alongside Gemma.

Outside of the office, Gabriella devotes her time to taking care of her young son. She loves to keep busy and always has a ‘To Do’ list on the go! ‘

“I work with Julie Austen and her team on some mutual clients and I see at first hand the excellent service that Buckingham Bookkeepers provide those clients. The culture of the business is not just to do the books but to be there for the clients when they need support. They certainly go the extra mile when it is needed.”

Roger Eddowes

“Julie and her staff handle the bookkeeping for my business, they are a great team, everything is completed efficiently and on time. On top of that they go the extra mile, giving added support and advice, they are always available and feel like they are an extension of our business. Highly recommended.”

Charlotte Anderson

“Bookkeepers in Buckingham have provided the company with excellent service throughout the year we have been with them.  The books were in a mess but they have persevered and now everything has been corrected and we know exactly where we are with the company accounts. A big thank you to Julie and her team who have worked tirelessly on our behalf.”

Linda Marriott, Drakewell Ltd

“Absolutely brilliant service, I would have no hesitation in recommending Julie and her team’s services.
Our company has been using them for around 2 years now and they are swift, efficient and a really friendly and supportive team who have been a huge asset to our business. They offer great value for money and really know their stuff, whether it is Accounts Management, Payroll or Auto Enrolment Pensions, they would prove to be a knowledgeable support to any business.”

Kim Wood, Autofarm

“Bookkeepers in Buckingham have handled my payroll since October 2014. They are very professional and all HMRC details are taken care of. All payslips are produced in good time for the month end. I am very satisfied and would recommend the firm without hesitation.”

Helen Fletcher Rogers

“I have been working with Julie and her team at Bookkeepers in Buckingham for over 4 years and the service we receive is exceptional. Julie and Gemma are reliable, helpful and professional, I could not do my job without them. Julie helps me with any queries quickly and is always available when i need her so I could not recommend BIB more.”

Mel Wiltshire