Mr Yates undertook his undergraduate training at the University of Manchester, graduating in 1991. He completed his basic surgical training in the North West region before moving to the North East to undertake higher surgical training in ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat). During this period of training he completed a fellowship in Otology at the University of California, San Francisco. He was appointed as a consultant at the Freeman hospital in 2002. As well as seeing patients with general ENT conditions he has developed a subspecialist interest in the management of otological conditions.