Leigh joins the East Midlands headquartered company after 20 years at Grant Thornton, leading its technology team.
The new team will be partnering with accelerator programmes, co-working spaces, Founder and CFO groups, and working alongside venture capital and private equity funds as preferred advisors to their portfolio companies.
Leigh said: “I joined Cooper Parry because of the clear and tangible cultural alignment between this firm, the technology sector and high growth companies. Founders, entrepreneurs and CFOs need advisors and teams who can relate to the journey they’re on, understand the ecosystem in which they operate, and have a strong desire to be part of, and support, their growth.”
CEO Ade Cheatham added: “In bringing in Steve to lead this team in London, we have someone who is highly aware of the depth of service and support scale-ups need, and someone who is highly experienced at bringing the ‘whole firm’ to clients from Seed and Series A stage, to later stage private equity.
“Steve deals with the challenges of rapidly scaling high growth companies and has a strong network in the space across the founder and investor ecosystem. We’re hugely committed to the tech sector and very well aligned culturally to support founders and CFOs of high growth companies in London and beyond.”
Reported revenue growth was 6.3%, impacted by a decision to “divest businesses during the previous financial year”.
Despite this, turnover increased to £36.7m during the period, up from £34.2m in the previous year, and profit before tax also grew from £8.4m to £9.4m in 2019.