What do you do?

Since joining Cooper Parry as a Strategic adviser in the summer of ‘22, I’ve been working closely with our CEO, Ade Cheatham and the broader Leadership team. My focus is lasered on identifying growth opportunities covering senior hires and acquisitions. I also support our ambitious CP strategy as we execute a 5 year plan following Waterland Private Equity’s recent investment.

Why do you do it?

Always a great question. I suppose having been in professional services for thirty-five years (previously as a partner at Deloitte and more recently Alvarez & Marsal), I recognise that I’ve always loved growing businesses as well as developing the people within those firms. Helping them achieve their ambitions and realise their full potential is wonderfully rewarding.

During my time at Deloitte, I was fortunate to have spent five years as the Global Leader of one of Deloitte’s five businesses, Financial Advisory and at Alvarez & Marsal was responsible for strategy and growth for the EMEA Region for four years during which we trebled the size of the business. When the opportunity at Cooper Parry came along, I couldn’t resist the chance to work with such a highly successful and ambitious team. The vision is bold. The culture is groundbreaking. And the next few years look set to be seriously exciting.

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I’ve been lucky enough to spend my entire career working with exciting clients both in the UK and globally – as a relationship partner, as well as advising clients on numerous M&A transactions. As a result, I’ve been exposed to countless different types of clients, sectors and importantly different cultures. As an example, I started my career in London with Arthur Andersen (later became Deloitte) in 1987 in audit. I was fortunate to join the “high growth” business team and one of my first clients was WPP Group which was created by Sir Martin Sorrell in 1985.  Over the almost 20 years I was involved with WPP, I saw the group grow exponentially through numerous acquisitions (large and small across literally every country in the world) to become the world’s largest marketing services group. I feel very proud to have been involved in supporting WPP on this breathtaking journey.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

A very long list unfortunately. I’m trying to find more time for my family as well as my passions which include skiing, cycling, boating and classic cars. However, top of the list is the goal that has so far alluded me: to become fluent (almost) in Spanish. This is mainly to avoid being ridiculed at home! Que sera sera, as they say.

What do you do?

I work in the Concierge team at Sky View. Every day is different. From meeting and greeting clients through to organising social events for staff  and the everyday running of the office facilities. If you want a mean cup of tea – just ask me.

Why do you do it?

I love the variety, there’s always something new happening. No two days are ever the same. I have always been a people person. I love to make people happy and here at CP I get to do that every day. It’s very rewarding and that’s why I love it.

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I have my own projects such as organizing the children’s Christmas party, bring your dog to work day and Halloween events. I enjoy planning staff trips out. From the  Halloween Scarefest at Alton towers to the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

I also look after Olive our catering team at Sky View. I come up with fun food themes for staff and clients to celebrate different cultures and days. I work alongside the events team here at CP. Helping with the hosting of seminars and meetings.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

I don’t really have a bucket list. But I would love to take a month out to travel around Scotland with my partner Luke in our camper. Walking our 2 dogs Teddy and Eric in the fresh air. Visiting as many places as we can. Taking in all the breath-taking views of the Highlands.

What do you do?

Well. No two days are the same. I’m part of the Community Team who look after everything in the office from meeting and greeting Clients, to ordering sweets for our Pick’n’Mix wall, organising team days out and decorating the office for events.

Why do you do it?

Simply because I love helping people out. Having spent 11 years in Retail Management it comes second nature to me. Being on hand to help where I can but also show to my creative side through visuals, gives me a real sense of purpose.

 

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

One of my first projects was to establish and organise a calendar of monthly activities for what we call ‘CP Houses’. This is where we split into 4 teams matched with our Company Values and compete to drive collaboration across the office departments. This allowed me to be creative whilst gaining a deeper understanding of the Company’s values.

 

What’s on top of your bucket list?

To take my daughter to Walt Disney World Florida! Is it more for me? Yes of course! But there’s nothing wrong with living your childhood dreams through your daughter… right?!

What do you do?

I am building and running an outbound sales function to turbo-charge the growth of Cooper Parry! However, let’s be clear, it’s not a tele-sales boiler room. It’s a sophisticated process that leverages the knowledge we have as a business, gathers even more knowledge from the numerous conversations we have with business owners and finance directors and shapes that into genuinely valuable insights which we share with the businesses we want to work with ie where we can add most value as a business. Once those business leaders see the value we can add, that’s when they become a client. Simples!

Why do you do it?

I’ve always been a competitive type, I love winning (must be something to do with being a middle child), therefore, achieving targets and goals gives me great satisfaction, and sales is a natural fit. I know lots of people wouldn’t choose to do sales and it takes individuals with specific character traits and values to do this successfully for a whole career but I genuinely do enjoy it.

It took a little convincing to leave my last role, after over a decade leading the function of one of the largest accountancies in the country, but I’m so glad I did. Nowhere else has the dynamic and ambitious culture of Cooper Parry and my values couldn’t align any better with the firm’s. It also helps that it’s relatively easy to articulate how our focus on specific market segments allows us to provide value above and beyond any of our competitors (every salesperson’s dream!)

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

The work me and my team do varies significantly but it’s all about sharing valuable content with the business leaders in our networks.

Often, that’s on a one-to-one basis but there’s nothing better than bringing business leaders together to share insights and best practice and debate topics with their peers at our roundtables. They are the experts in what they do and there is so much opportunity to share and learn in those settings. They are the projects I love helping to shape and share with those who can most benefit from and contribute to the event.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

I don’t really have a bucket list. There are too many great things to discover and do to limit them to a list. I’m a family man and my goal in life is to ensure that my daughters grow up with all the opportunities to do everything they could wish for. Their happiness is top of my list!

What do you do?

I have been part of the Cooper Parry family for 8 years now, my role in facilities it must be said is very varied which is great as every day is different, from FOH concierge where I welcome Clients and Staff on arrival to our offices and see to their wellbeing while on site, to GDPR archiving and file destruction, but much more in between.

Why do you do it?

It was a complete career change for me, it was a very hard decision leaving my previous employer of 28 years, but I have never looked back after 8 years of being a CP’er. I love coming to work, the buzz of the office, seeing my work colleagues and meeting new people, and what an environment to work in!

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I get to be involved with all sorts of projects, I am now qualified in Level 1 British Sign Language which means basic communication with HOH or deaf clients is not a problem, I introduced my fitness instructor to CP and she now runs the onsite ‘Clubbercise’ and ‘Circuits’ classes for staff and clients to get involved in.  To ensure we are fully GDPR compliant, I play an active role in all onsite and offsite file retention and destruction, which has formed a big part of my workload over the last couple of years.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

I would like to visit at least 1 country in each continent – my travelling has only reached 3 out of the 7 so far although, I don’t do being cold so I may give Antarctica a miss!!

What do you do?

Here at Cooper Parry, I deal with all things client facing. Meeting and greeting clients and making sure their experience at the office is beyond their expectations.

Why do you do it?

I love working here at CP, the environment is great fun and clients are always blown away by the office space. It’s such an incredible place to work and you are never short of things to do.

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

Health & Wellbeing is a huge factor here. I enjoy making sure we always have workshops and sessions available for staff to book on to. This ranges from clubbercise to yoga to circuits to car valets to beauty treatments. There is always something for a CPer to get stuck into here.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

I love to travel, so a lot of countries are on there! Travelling with my family and friends is definitely my favourite thing to do ever! There is no better feeling than lying on a beach in the sunshine with a pina colada!

What do you do?

I’m a facilities manager. My main focus is to look after all things health and safety – but in the most non-traditional and very CP way possible. From new starter inductions, DSE and risk assessments, to fire safety and first aid – my job is to think of quirky ways to comply! You’ll also find me championing our eco initiatives and I am chief blackboard artist too!

Why do you do it?

Being in the facilities team is massively varied. I thrive on being part of the team who keep the building running – being operational and creative at the same time, where no day is the same. From office interior design, creating an exciting our social calendar, keeping our wellbeing programme fresh, meeting contractors, delving into our maintenance, complying with health and safety regs, buying in our food and beverage and managing our meeting provision – we get involved in it all and work with loads of different teams and departments.

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I headed up the installation of our electric car charging points, overhauled our new starter inductions, filming interactive health and safety videos for each office. I write our monthly eco newsletter and our new perspex comms blackboard was my way of communicating in bright, bold CP style.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

That’s a hard one.  I want to dance with Lord of the Dance, take my kids for Christmas in Lapland and be a contestant on Supermarket Sweep. Not necessarily in that order!

What do you do?

My role involves taking ownership of the running of our buildings and everything that happens within them.  Delivering a best in class “wow” client service to our teams and our clients.

Helping to create and upkeep our award winning offices, whilst ensuring they suit the needs of our people, with a variety of different workspaces to cater for everyone, as well as fun social spaces to kick back when needed. With the help of my Facilities team, I also deliver our Wellbeing, Social and Community programme –  weekly yoga sessions, bootcamp, beauty, massages, creative workshops, firmwide volunteering days and everything in between to help our staff stay happy and healthy as well as empowered when giving back to their local community.

Why do you do it?

I love being the arranger and am super organised, I am the person who diarizes everything and plans ahead.  So keeping our offices running ship shape and all things that go with that I feel play to my strengths pretty well.

I keep my ear to the ground and think I have a good grip on what people want and enjoy, which helps with organising our events.

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I have been very lucky in helping to create and implement the design and build process of our amazing offices.  Leading on the shift to smart working, where all our CPers gave up their pedestal drawers and set desks to move to a completely flexible approach promoting how different working environments can enhance your own productivity.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

To become a celebrity (z-list will do), just so I can take part in Strictly Come Dancing.  My absolute love is all things dance and fitness, and who wouldn’t like to be kitted out in those amazing outfits.

What do you do?

I’m an Innovation Consultant – most of what I do is working with firms who are making advances in the fields of science or technology to claim tax relief. I get to explore innovative and unique projects from all different kinds of sectors and understand the technical challenges behind these projects. I also work with firms who use patents and can assist in applying for grants to kickstart R&D projects.

Why do you do it?

I almost ‘fell into’ Innovation after finishing sixth form. I have a passion for technology and engineering, but mainly energy and in particular Nuclear energy solutions. Growing up in Teesside exposed me to traditional industries and heavy manufacturing firms such as steel makers, which in turn made me realize just how important innovation and growth is for these firms and the benefit to the economy. I wanted to be part of the technological advances of the future – so Innovation seemed the perfect fit for me.

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

My portfolio includes clients from all industries covered by R&D, but the most exciting ones are the more niche ones. Right now, I am working with a company who design and build world class stages for events, such as the Tokyo Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee. Being able to recover some of the big costs involved in their R&D process through tax relief is very satisfying – it’s nice to feel like you’ve helped somehow.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

The top thing on my bucket list is to visit the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia to view the TRIGA research reactors – some of the best in Europe. The future of these reactors such as potential for neutron beam tube experiments is super exciting.

What do you do?

I’m a Tax Director at CP, but that just sounds boring and is often a conversation killer. Someone once described me as the batman of the tax world which is much more exciting. So, what is that I actually do?

I enjoy working with business owners, understanding what gets them out of bed, why they do what they do, what they want to achieve both with their business & in terms of personal/family wealth and getting under the surface of what might be holding them back in achieving their goals.

Every day for me is different. Tax is one of the certainties in life and is such a vast subject with so many different taxes to consider eg Personal taxes, Business taxes, Capital Gains, VAT, SDLT. Every transaction I do is also different as everyone’s objectives/goals are different – what is right for one person isn’t necessarily right for another and working with shareholders to establish the best solution (both personally for the shareholders and for the business) is why I do what I do.

A little bit of tax knowledge can be very dangerous and that’s where I can help! I won’t know all of the answers but we have an amazing team of specialists at CP including R&D, VAT, Capital allowances, employment taxes, internal taxes/transfer pricing, wealth management, accounting, audit and corporate finance.

Why do you do it?

I always thought I would be an accountant of some sort, but it was only when I started the tax part of my accounting training that I realised how interesting tax is, but also how complex it can seem to most people.

I enjoy doing what I do as I can really see that the advice I give can change people’s lives for the better both financially and emotionally. I also like to try simplify what can be quite daunting and technically complex transactions so people understand what I am doing without lots of technical jargon and noise.

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

Every business is different and every business faces different challenges throughout it’s lifecycle. I enjoy working with business owners working through those challenges and ultimately understanding what their exit strategy is, be it a single shareholder wishing to exit or all of the shareholders together. I enjoy working with each shareholder to help them achieve their exit in the most tax efficient way to maximise their return on a sale.

One of areas of expertise is looking at the most efficient structure of a business and implementing restructures where necessary. This could be for a number of reasons such as protecting certain assets either commercially or personally, preparing a business for a sale, helping resolve shareholder disputes or simply to simplify the group structure to create efficiencies.

I’ve helped property investors incorporate their businesses into a limited company

Property purchases can be an opportunity missed or opportunity gained if structured in the right way. I’ve worked with many businesses to get Capital Allowances on a property build or acquisition. Ultimately meaning it costs less and you can spend the money elsewhere.

At the end of the day it’s all about adding value. Being there for people when I’m needed and bringing ideas to them.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

I love to travel and I love sport so why not combine the two?! My latest passion is Swimrun races (constantly swapping between swimming and trail running – you swim in your trainers and run in your wetsuit!). Swimrun is the sport that was born from a drunken bet and generally done in a team of two racing together. ÖtillÖ is the name of the original race in Sweden but now forms the world series so it would be good to do one of their races…but maybe not in Sweden as it would be too cold for me!