Continuing our Meet the Team series, we’ve asked John Painter to share details about his role here at Haines Watts – meet John!
What is your full name and title at Haines Watts?
John Painter – Partner.
How long have you been at Haines Watts?
I was previously managing partner of CB Chartered Accountants before the firms merged in October 2018.
What is a day in the life of your job role like?
Currently it’s a mix of sorting out legacy issues of CB Chartered Accountants and getting to know my new role here. Still doing 10 to 12 hours work each day but as part of this is planning for my future work and setting up business development services for clients it is very exciting and doesn’t seem like work to me.
What is the most exciting aspect of your job?
Growth and development of clients has always excited me. Our clients are the lifeblood of UKplc and I have always enjoyed seeing new businesses grow and become successful and in many cases sufficiently successful that the owners were able to sell them for a large capital gain.
But I also gain pleasure from seeing my colleagues grow and develop into accountants, tax advisers and business advisers. Managing partner Tim Pearce was someone who trained with my old firm and there have been others who have gone on to be partners in other mid-tier firms.
What did you do before joining Haines Watts?
I was managing partner and majority shareholder of CB Chartered Accountants. I had held this role for about 12 years and before that I had been a partner for about 14 years so I am well used to the challenges that management of units of a business or the whole business provide.
Is there anything exciting you’re working on at the moment?
I am looking forward to helping with the growth and development of Haines Watts and building a business development and strategy offering for clients. I am very optimistic that this will be extremely successful and my coach is regularly challenging my thoughts and ideas to ensure that it will be successful.
And finally, what do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I would say that watching West Bromwich Albion comes high on the list, but over the last 12 to 18 months I am not sure that I have enjoyed it! Apart from being a season-ticket holder at The Hawthorns I can often be found at Sixways watching Worcester Warriors or in the summer watching Worcestershire at New Road.
As well as watching sport I play golf (badly) and enjoy spending time with my partner, Wendy; daughters and grandchildren; and my step-daughter. This usually involves drinking wine, which is very enjoyable.
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