Our team


Guy Pain B.A., F.C.A., C.F.

Partner – Corporate Finance Director

Guy is a partner who heads up our rapidly expanding corporate finance department. He has over 30 years of experience in corporate finance work and has also worked as a finance director of a large international family owned company. Throughout his career, Guy has focused on developing cost effective and bespoke corporate finance solutions within the owner managed business sector. He is involved in business acquisitions, finance raising, succession planning and business disposals, strategic planning and forecasting, tax efficient corporate structuring and employee incentives, company and business valuations.


James Melvin B.A., A.C.A

Corporate Finance Manager

Our Corporate Finance Manager, James joined the firm in 2006 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant four years later. He has considerable experience of working with owner-managed SME’s as well as subsidiaries of larger groups. He specialises in business acquisitions and disposals, financial forecasting and due diligence. In previous roles, James has demonstrated strong technical knowledge and audit expertise, performing assignments for companies operating in a variety of sectors.


Nick Warne F.C.A., A.T.I.I.


Nick joined Cottons in 1987 and moved back into general practice following a spell heading up a taxation team. He was responsible for bringing Cottons forward as a training office for Chartered Accountants and the expansion into their second office in Northampton in 1991. He has overseen further progress as offices have opened in Banbury, Rugby and Southam. During this time Cottons continued to add specialisms to its core accounting services enabling it to grow from a small Daventry based firm to one of the top 100 firms in the UK.


Mark Palmer F.C.A


He specialises in general tax planning advising both owner managed businesses and private individuals Mark said “My job is varied, I like to develop a relationship with my clients and find that I am often the first port of call on matters that have little to do with accountancy”


Dave Ingram F.C.C.A.


Dave joined Cottons in 1987 as a trainee and went on to qualify with the firm in 1992. He helped set up the firm`s second office in Northampton and became a partner in July 1999.
He then moved to Banbury in April 2002 to set up and run the firm`s third office. He still runs the office as a general practitioner and is also Employment Partner for the whole firm.


Richard Wilch F.C.C.A


Richard joined Cottons LLP in 1989 and has supported the growth of the Daventry Office from general practice work to providing all aspects finance and accounting to large corporate and group structures within the local community , nationally and internationally. Whilst continuing his general practise role for his clients Richard works with the larger corporate entities, helping them to develop internally and strategically as they move into new markets.


Lisa Malone F.C.C.A., C.T.A


Lisa joined Cottons as a trainee accountant in 1987 qualifying as a Certified Accountant in 1993. She then went on to qualify as a Chartered Tax Advisor in 2005 and became a partner in 2008.
Lisa is based at our Daventry office running her own portfolio of mainly SME clients in many different trading sectors. In addition to this Lisa continues to support the practice together with a small team of tax professionals in dealing with technical tax issues and planning across all the taxes.


Dan Roberts F.C.A.


Dan joined Cottons in 2003 as a trainee after completing a degree in Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006. After progressing through the ranks of the firm Dan became a Partner in 2013. Dan works with a broad spectrum of clients to improve internal reporting and helping clients understand their accounts as well as advising in general accounting and taxation matters. He is also a director of Northampton BID and is treasurer of a local charity.


Will Smart B.Com, F.C.A


Having originally trained with Cottons in the 1990s, Will then pursued a career outside practice, eventually acting as a Chief Financial Officer. In 2003, a return to practice saw him set up his own firm in London, which he built and eventually sold. Will has remained in general practice since and returned with his team and clients to Cottons as a partner in 2017. Will has looked after many of his larger clients for over 10 years. Will’s key aims are to assist small business owners and taxpayers in driving profitability and reducing tax: Through careful planning and a practical approach, he aims to increase wealth generation and retention. His particular interests include countering the current Government’s tax attacks on small owner-managed businesses, contractors / freelancers, and residential landlords.


Emma Reid A.C.A


Emma joined Cottons as a trainee in 2004 following the completion of an Accounting with Law degree at the University of East Anglia. Four years later she qualified as a Chartered Accountant whilst building experience working in general practice in our Daventry office. Since 2011 Emma has been based from our Rugby office working closely with owner-managed SMEs in a wide range of sectors to fulfil their accounting and taxation requirements, she made partner in 2018. Outside of work Emma enjoys spending time with her young family.


Callum Veasey A.C.C.A, M.A.A.T

Partner Designate

Callum is based at our Daventry Branch and since obtaining the partner designate role in October 2017 is growing his own portfolio steadily. He helps also to support the audit function and is heavily involved with the larger clients we act for in the practice. He has vast experience with dealing with forecasting assignments to help support the corporate finance department and help dealing with financial funding.