At JustAccounts, we are proud of our team of experts.
The JustAccounts wizards bring with them a wealth of experience in Accountancy, Software, Customer Care, Marketing, Finance, R&D.
From NASA to DIESEL, going through SAGE, Vodafone, and the Department of Education, collectively the JustAccounts SMT has, in the past, catered for a very wide variety of clients, and now they are continually thinking about how to support and pre-empt the needs of accountants and those of the contractor community in the UK.
Founder & Managing Director
Dr. Barry Florida James has spent over 20 years in the software accountancy business. Having studied Masters of Engineering, he furthered this knowledge with a PhD in database design. After his last role at Sage, in 2010 Barry founded JustAccounts, and developed a dual solution which gives contractors and freelancers a simple interface to talk to their accountants and practices, who benefit from an efficient tool for managing their clients. This allows clients and accountants time to talk about the real value of their relationship such as tax planning, trading vehicles and business strategy.
Chief Technical Officer
After spending the best part of a decade writing software for retail and production systems, James joined Sage in 2004 to work on their small business products. 5 years later, he was ready for a fresh challenge – writing all that again from scratch with JustAccounts. He’s still at it. He has no hobbies or spare time, but lives in Nottingham with his wife and two kittens.
Head of Research & Development
Graduated in Communication Engineering, Mark has worked in the civilian aerospace sector for the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a variety of projects including the International Space Station, the UK’s Space Technology Research Vehicle (STRV) project, the Hipparcos Space Astrometry Mission, and other earth observation and satellite communications projects.
He joined the UK Ministry of Defence in 1997, leading a number of projects in the Applied and Corporate Research Programmes (ARP/CRP), before moving to the business management software company, Sage, in 2001. In 2014, he joined JustAccounts as head of R&D.
Previously working with UK Central Government dealing with CEO’s & CIO’s of main Government Departments such as Department for Education, Kilian has worked at local authority level in public sector, and at every level in the private sector, from SME’s to blue-chip organisations.
He specialises in building strong, meaningful and long lasting business relationships.
Kilian joined the JustAccounts Executive Team in 2016, to shape and lead our sales and marketing functions, and ensure at JustAccounts we are always in the best position to help support our partners.
Out of JustAccounts, Kilian is a family man. His friends and family know they can count on him for important things, but equally to get a party going! Rugby is also a big part of his life, and most Saturdays between September and March you will see him on the pitch.
Head of Client Services
Joe’s background is in the Petrol and Oil Industry. Working for Chevron Liverpool (Gulf Oil) in the accounts department, he specialised for a number of years in payroll, book-keeping and money market investments.
Consequently, Joe progressed as a Marketing Manager in the same business. His role incorporated Strategic Planning, with a number of acquisitions of retail groups and oil depots across the United Kingdom. The operation grew to 300 sites, 1500 staff. Later on, Joe has made the turn to Operations Consultancy for Q8 and Texaco in UK, and he then joined JustAccounts in 2014 in a new role, combining his years of experience in operations and processes with his immaculate sense for customer care and retention.
Head of Marketing
Fran joined JustAccounts in May 2015, bringing over 13 years experience in the Events and Marketing Industry, and having previously worked with big fashion brands (DIESEL, M&S), tour operators, banks (SANTANDER), umbrella companies and accountancy firms. She is responsible for making the world discover and love JustAccounts for the kind of company we are, and the awesome products we provide.
Outside JustAccounts, Fran is an award-winning jazz singer, a volunteer baker for Free Cakes For Kids Liverpool, a co-founder of TeatRing (a school of performing arts in Milano, Italy), the mum of a fantastic young man, a PDA advocate, and a wanna-be runner and hot-yogini.
Head of Finance
After a Biology degree from University of York, Alex started her career at Principal Hotels as finance assistant, then moved around the country whilst her career progressed – Edinburgh, London, Manchester.
She joined JustAccounts in 2014 working in client services and quickly became our Head of Finance.
Outside work Alex, is mum to two children and spends a lot of time driving them here, there and everywhere.
She likes catching up with friends, going to the gym and boxing, and loves a good book – mainly psychological thrillers.