Beech Tree Private Equity is pleased to announce the recruitment of Leigh Thomas as an Investment Manager in the team.

Leigh joins Beech Tree from Barclays Corporate Bank where he undertook roles in both Relationship Management and more recently Leveraged Finance, where Leigh spent 4 years supporting both Private Equity and Corporate clients in financing strategic transactions such as Growth Capex, Cash Outs and M&A. Leigh's role will be focused on sourcing and executing investment opportunities as well as supporting the portfolio.

Leigh said: "Beech Tree has a fantastic brand with a strong investment team that have clear sector expertise. It's an exciting time to join the firm and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to support Beech Tree in its expansion as the firm continues to seek investments in high growth UK businesses in attractive sub-sectors."

Managing partner Andy Marsh added: "We're delighted to be able to announce this new hire and recognise the growth and strength of Beech Tree. This is an exciting time for both Beech Tree & Leigh as we continue to complete new investments and bolt on acquisitions in what is a difficult economic environment".