The Team Behind LifeBook


The concept and objectives that spurred Your LifeBook to “life” come from Gary Banfield. Gary is one of the directors at a prestigious accountancy firm called, “Colenbrander,” and he has a diverse range of experience in dealing with people’s finances. The idea of Your LifeBook came to him whilst dealing with his own personal endeavours. He imagined how much easier it would be if all identification documents could be stored in one place. Gary always has everyone’s best interests at heart and he believed that setting up Your LifeBook would make peoples’ lives just that little bit easier. He then gathered a small, effective team from ColTek and Temple Creative and appointed a project manager (Anthea) to develop this secure online central storage system for all life’s important documents. We at Colenbrander are proud to present you with this new, innovative product; Your LifeBook.

Gary Banfield

garyGary was born in Pietermaritzburg on the 3 August 1970 and matriculated from Maritzburg College in Pietermaritzburg. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from UKZN – PMB in 1992 and signed articles with G C Ford & Co in 1993 during which time he studied towards his CTA.

After completion of his articles Gary worked in the as an executive financial director in the timber industry for about 10 years during which time he qualified as a chartered accountant in 2002. Gary returned to the accounting profession in 2009 as a director at Colenbrander Inc. His leadership skills, passion and diverse experience are valuable assets to the company.

Gary is married to Kelli and they have four children.

Without Gary’s vision, Your LifeBook would never have come into existence.

Anthea Forder

AntheaAnthea was also born in Pietermaritzburg, on the 12 September 1986 and matriculated from Pietermartizburg Girls’ High School in 2004. She obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a triple major, in Information Systems and Computer Technologies, Economics and Human Resources Management.

Anthea then spent a number of years working and travelling in Asia, and returned to her homeland in 2012. She is an IT Business Analyst for Colenbrander Inc and the project manager for a number of exciting E-commerce business developments, including Your LifeBook.

Anthea has been responsible for coordinating the planning, designing and deployment of Your LifeBook and is very pleased to be a part of this exciting new venture.


troyColtek is a solutions-based IT company that understands the realities of business and have an in-depth knowledge of technology. Whatever you need, they will plan and implement a solution to suit your specific requirements with quality support and service.

Coltek offers cost effective, long term technology solutions that can save you time and money as well as accommodate your changing needs. They partner with the best providers with proven reputations, effective backup service and with minimal administration overheads to their clients.

Coltek has helped ensure that Your LifeBook meets all the requirements set out by Gary and Anthea. They have been thrilled to be on board and have been an asset to the team.