Howard Leigh, Baron Leigh of Hurley

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Lord Leigh of Hurley

Howard Darryl Leigh, Baron Leigh of Hurley (born 3 April 1959[1]) is a British businessman, Conservative Party politician, and since September 2013 a member of the House of Lords. He is the Co-founder and Senior Partner of Cavendish Corporate Finance[2].

Leigh was created a life peer on 16 September 2013 taking the title Baron Leigh of Hurley, of Hurley in the Royal County of Berkshire.[3]


Leigh attended Clifton College in Bristol. From 1977 to 1980 he studied Economics at the University of Southampton. After completing his studies, he worked briefly at a British merchant bank. In September 1981 he joined the audit and consulting firm Deloitte Haskins Sells. There he worked as a tax consultant, moving to the Corporate Tax Department of Deloitte upon qualifying as a chartered accountant.[4] During this time he completed additional training at the Chartered Institute of Taxation.[4]

In the spring of 1986, he built the Deloitte's Mergers and Acquisitions Group, a special department for corporate mergers and acquisitions, on.[4] In May 1988 he left Deloitte Haskins Sells and together with his partner Hugo Haddon-Grant he founded Cavendish Corporate Finance LLP in the same month.[5]

From 2000 to 2004 he was chair of the Faculty of Corporate Finance at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW). In 2008 he received the "Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Finance Award" from the Faculty of Corporate Finance.

Since 1979, Lord Leigh supported the Conservative Party during election campaigns. [5] He was 2000–2005 Treasurer of the Conservative Party; He is since 2005 Alt-Treasurer (Senior Treasurer). [1] He is a member of the Executive Board of the Conservative Friends of Israel.[6]

On 16 September 2013 he was elevated formally to Life Peer; he bears the title Baron Leigh of Hurley in the Royal County of Berkshire.[7]

He was chairman and is currently President of Westminster Synagogue.[8] On 11 July 2015 the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, appointed Lord Leigh to take part in a review of the self-regulation of fundraising of charities, which was published on 21 September 2015.[9] Lord Leigh is Vice-President of the Jewish Leadership Council and the President of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research.[10]

Lord Leigh is married to Jennifer Leigh and is father to two daughters.[11] He is an avid runner and has participated in several national and local half marathons (including the Henley Standard 10 km and the Water of Life marathon).[11] He lives alternately in London and Hurley.[11]

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  1. ^ Baron Leigh of Hurley. Profile at Democracy Live. Retrieved 15 February 2014
  2. ^ "Our People". Cavendish Corporate Finance. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ "No. 60637". The London Gazette. 24 September 2013. p. 18816.
  4. ^ a b c "Bloomberg".
  5. ^ "Companies in the UK".
  6. ^ "BBC".
  7. ^ "Peerage".
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  11. ^ a b c "Henley Standard". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)