Craig Hibbert - Owner
Most people don't go into business to do books, but Craig Hibbert did. As part-owner of a retail sports store for 25 years, Craig was responsible for keeping the books - but like a lot of small business owners he had no idea what he was doing. He decided to attend CPIT part-time while working and completed a Diploma in Business, passing top of that year's class.
He then worked in a Chartered Accountancy firm for four years, where he qualified as an Accounting Technician with the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. Craig founded Bookworks in February 2004, motivated by the continual avalanche of client records he'd received in shoe boxes.
His forte is fixing messes in his clients' software.
Craig spends most of his time fixing these messes, as well as training and supporting his clients in a one-on-one situation. He's an Approved Trainer for MYOB, QuickBooks and Xero. Because of his accounting qualifications, he brings that extra level of knowledge and experience, filling the gap between client and accountant - because having been in both positions, he knows that neither one understands the other very well.
Craig's goal is to help small businesses grow and become more profitable by making sure their financial information is accurate, easy to understand, and on time. In this way, everyone saves time and money.
Accountants recommend the Bookworks team to their clients because it ensures they have accurate records - which makes the accounting a lot easier. Bookworks understands how frustrating and intimidating the complexities of financial systems can be for the average businessperson. Our team will put you at ease, explain concepts in everyday language and make the whole process stress-free and enjoyable. Or better still, we can do it all for you!
Ann joined Bookworks in May 2016 after making the decision to focus solely on providing bookkeeping services. She has many years experience working in a sole charge role within a variety of industries from New Zealand to Glasgow from where she hails. Ann would tell you that her most enjoyable role was with a design company who “endured” her for four years before leaving Glasgow to move family and dog to NZ – “it was the best job ever but I would never have grown up.”
If you asked Ann what her strengths are she would reply “team player” and her weaknesses would be “not engaging mouth and brain”. Those lucky enough to have her as their bookkeeper would agree with both statements.
Ann loves nothing more than to be handled a bundle of paper and told to fix it. “I don’t know if it’s the Scot in me but I have to find that last penny.” Her client base includes building and construction, retail, landscaping and butcheries.
Her interest out of work is mainly golf and her teenage daughters.
Jill joined Bookworks in 2008 as a bookkeeper and later took on the role of credit controller as well. She has previously worked in various industries, predominantly in administrative and payroll/HR roles, including working on the “Gateway” programme in the careers department of a local high school, which involved networking with employers to gain long-term work experience placements for students.
Studying part-time while working, she completed a Certificate in Personnel Management in 1999. Then in 2000 she successfully completed a New Zealand Diploma in Business and a NZIM Diploma in Management, specialising in HR.
Jill has experience in MYOB, Quickbooks, Xero and Smartpayroll, and extensive knowledge of payroll, which has enabled her clients to improve and streamline their processes to meet IRD compliance obligations. Currently she has clients in retail, the building and trade industry, hospitality, hairdressing and education.
Her interests outside of work include socialising with friends and family, biking and a variety of creative projects.
Cecilia has recently joined the team at Bookworks following the merger with Bookkeeping and Beyond.
Her role includes providing the daily bookkeeping function for clients. She also completes big rescue jobs for clients that have got themselves in a tangle – finding this the most challenging and rewarding part of the job.
She is very pleased she got the opportunity to join Bookworks and is already making a positive contribution to the team.
Cecilia has had many years’ experience working in various administrative positions back in her homeland of Argentina. She and has dabbled in a range of different industries here in NZ before deciding to pursue a career in bookkeeping.
She is Xero certified and specialises in day to day stuff, always making sure she does the best job possible for all her clients.
In her spare time, Cecilia enjoys reading, yoga, swimming and doing voluntary work as an English tutor for refugees.