Dains Accountants Expands Expertise with John Coates as New Audit Partner

Dains Accountants proudly welcomes John Coates to its Birmingham office leadership team. John steps into a pivotal role, bringing a wealth of experience from his previous seven-year tenure at a Big 6 firm, where he specialised in audit services. His expertise and insights are set to augment the firm's auditing capabilities and client services.

Dated: 30 November 2023 Author: Richard McNeilly, Chief Executive Officer

John Coates

John has led audit engagements for a diverse range of privately owned and private-equity-backed local and international businesses. His expertise also extends to transaction services and valuations.

Throughout his twenty-six-year career, John has cultivated significant experience across various sectors, including automotive and aerospace manufacturing, retail, and healthcare. His focus also extends beyond the confines of the boardroom, as he actively engages with local communities. John has worked with a local college, contributing to the development of employment skills among learners, and has advised a Birmingham-based social enterprise.

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Audit team at Dains” said John “My roles will involve leading audit engagements that go beyond the traditional scope, I will provide clients with valuable insights and advice to help them achieve their overarching goals. I am committed to delivering not just robust audits, but also ensure that my clients receive relevant insights and recommendations that help them achieve their overall goals and objectives. A large part of my role will also be to drive further growth of our audit portfolio across our chosen markets, providing our talented team with even more opportunities for technical and professional development.”

As well as his professional services career, John has previously held a pivotal role as the Head of Financial Reporting at Jaguar Land Rover, showcasing his versatility and deep understanding of the financial landscape. This direct industry experience serves to enhance the strategic advice and insight that he provides his clients.

Richard McNeilly, CEO of Dains Accountants expressed the importance of John’s appointment: “We are thrilled to welcome John Coates to the team as Audit Partner. John's extensive experience and strategic insights make him an invaluable addition to our team. His commitment to excellence and client-centric approach perfectly aligns with our values, reinforcing our dedication to providing top-tier financial services. With John's complementary skills, we anticipate further growth and success in our audit practice."

Dains Accountants is confident that John Coates's wealth of experience and pragmatic approach will further strengthen the firm's position as a leader in the accounting and auditing industry.

The company has experienced substantial growth over the past two years, witnessing a doubling of both revenue and team size. This expansion is the result of a strategic blend of acquisitions and steadfast support from valued clients.

The notable increase in revenue serves as a clear indicator of the seamless integration of acquired entities and underscores the enduring trust clients place in the services offered.

Richard went on to say: “The enlargement of our team has allowed us to diversify our expertise but has also allowed us to enhance our service offerings, ensuring we remain agile in meeting the needs of our clients”.