Meet The Team

Dermot Kennedy

Finance Director

Dermot has over 25 years of experience in accountancy and finance under his belt, working in businesses all over the world. Before joining RIFT Group, he worked in London for Virgin Group and in Australia for Parbury plc. As Financial Controller for one of Ireland's largest recruitment companies, he was responsible for its successful floatation on the Alternative Investment Market.

 

International accounting daredevil Dermot walks a deadly knife-edge between his public and secret personae. By day a pivotal RIFT Group member, his after-hours identities have spanned everything from restaurant ownership to running a bespoke consultancy offering Virtual Finance Director services. It is rumoured he has evolved beyond the need for sleep.

 

 

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

Accountant

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.

 

Meet Sarah Fox

 

Victoria Sharp

Accountant

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.

 

 

Tracy Fuggle

Payroll Manager

Tracy is a highly experienced payroll specialist, who brings high-level expertise to the RIFT team in her position as Payroll Manager. Her understanding of all aspect of this complex topic ideally suit her to the task of building a bureau with RIFT using new technology.

 Tracy approaches every aspect of her life and work with the same razor-sharp precision and focus. A financial sharpshooter, she’s as accurate when calculating the precise physics of game-winning dart throw as she is when pinpointing the solution to a complex payroll issue. Whatever she sets her sights on, she achieves.

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.

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…

Maria Lightfoot

Assistant Accountant

Maria has spent a number of years building up the impressive array of skills and qualifications it takes to become an accountant. As an assistant accountant on the RIFT team, Maria has already made an impression on the senior accountants she works with, and is recognised for her expertise in company accounts and VAT.

Whether she’s travelling across East Asia to experience the full breadth of global culture or crunching the numbers on your business accounts, Maria brings a perfect combination of organised mind and full-blooded commitment to the RIFT team.

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.

Janarden Sritharan

Junior Accountant

Working toward full ACCA accreditation as an accountant, Janarden “Jin” Sritharan already understands the full range and breadth of accounting work. With an academic background in Mathematical Science with Finance and Economics, Jin works with clients on everything from completing company accounts to filing Self Assessment and VAT returns.

Life moves fast in the RIFT, and it takes endless energy and stamina to keep pace with the whirling currents of legal obligation and business opportunity. A mathematics master and fitness expert, Jin is a financial superhero-in-training.

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.

 

Emily Rogers

Junior Accountant

At RIFT, we pride ourselves on finding and developing outstanding talent - and Emily Rogers fits the bill perfectly. A new face in our team of Junior Accountants, she’s been working in the accounting field ever since leaving school and we’re delighted to take the next steps in her career with her.

The RIFT requires an adventurous spirit and an organised mind. Emily combines both with the intense focus of a truly committed neat freak and the raw passion of a Fast & Furious fanatic. A veteran of high-profile TV talent show auditions, she’s a bold new voice in the accounting field

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