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David Yates is a Lecturer in Accounting as Aston Business School and has previously studied there as a PhD student, along with completion of postgraduate and undergraduate degrees at The University of Wales Aberystwyth. He has also held a number of roles within the private sector, and has experience of the finance function in telecommunications, retail, tourism, financial services and supply chain functions/sectors.


  • Aston University (2018-Present) – Lecturer in Accounting
  • Aston University (2016-2018) – Teaching Assistant
  • New Look Retailers Ltd (2014) – Senior Finance Analyst
  • Magic Memories (UK) Ltd (2013-2014) – Finance Manager
  • Lifestyle Service Group (2010-2013) – Graduate Finance Analysist
  • Aberystwyth University (2009-2010) – Teaching Fellow in Accounting
  • Aberystwyth University (2009) - Seminar Tutor (Accounting and Finance)


  • BSc (Wales) Accounting and Finance - 2008
  • MSc (Wales) Accounting and Finance - 2010
  • PgCert (Aston) Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - 2017
  • PhD (Aston) The Role, Status and Accountability of UK Service Clubs: An exploratory study - 2018
  • PgDip (Aston) Learining and Teaching in Higehereducation - (pending, expected award date: 2019)

Research Interests

  • Accountability in Organisational Contexts
  • NGOs/Charities
  • Self and Accountability

Research Projects/Collaborations

  • Yates, D., Gebreiter, F. & Lowe, A. (2019) The Internal Accountability Dynamic of UK Service Clubs: Towards (more) Intelligent Accountability? Accounting Forum, 43(1) 161-192.
  • Gebreiter, F., Davies, M., Finley, S., Gee, L., Weaver, L., & Yates, D. (2018). From ‘rock stars’ to ‘hygiene factors’: Teachers at private accountancy tuition providers. Accounting History23(1–2), 138–150. https://doi.org/10.1177/1032373217729513

PhD Supervision

David welcomes PhD applications from candidates aiming to study charity accounting/accountability, NGO accounting/accountability and accountability in other organisational contexts.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA CGMA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


David currently offers advice to both Rotary Interantional in Great Britain and Ireland (District 1060), and Lions Clubs International (Multiple District 105) on a pro bono basis. He welcomes the opportunity to assist membership organisations, charities and other civil society organisations in his role and via his research interests and expertise.

Teaching Activity


  • BF1120 Introductory Accounting for Business
  • BF1122 Foundations in Financial and Management Accounting
  • BFM224 Management Accounting

Research Interests

Phone:(+44) 0121 204 3675

Email: d.yates@aston.ac.uk

Room: ABS 418

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Research Output

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

The internal accountability dynamic of UK service clubs: Towards (more) intelligent accountability?

Yates, D., Gebreiter, F. & Lowe, A. D., 16 Apr 2019, In : Accounting Forum. 43, 1, p. 161-192

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • From ‘rock stars’ to ‘hygiene factors’: teachers at private accountancy tuition providers

    Gebreiter, F., Davies, M., Finley, S., Gee, L., Weaver, L. & Yates, D., 1 Feb 2018, In : Accounting History. 23, 1-2, p. 138-150 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    The role, status and accountability of UK service clubs: an exploratory study

    Author: Yates, D., 13 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Belal, A. R. (Supervisor), Lowe, A. D. (Supervisor) & Gebreiter, F. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy