Our People

Luke Farren

  • Head Of Operations For Tech & High Growth

Our People

Luke Farren

  • Head Of Operations For Tech & High Growth

What do you do?

As Head of Operations for Cooper Parry’s Tech & High Growth Team, I oversee the day-to-day operations of my department whilst aiding senior management in developing long-term business strategies for success. I have gained over a decade of experience in the UK accounting space before my current role.

Why do you do it?

Oddly, I thrive in the chaos that others loathe. I am passionate about finding solutions to everyday problems whilst tackling issues that cause difficulty to others in the business. The engine room of any organisation is its operations team, and it fills me with great satisfaction knowing that my hard work supports the success of so many others.

The accounting world has changed dramatically over the last decade, and the fast-paced digital revolution shows no signs of slowing down. I take great satisfaction in using technology to turn those everyday problems into solutions, and our ecosystem has no shortage of exciting companies that will continue to positively change our sector for years to come.

I stumbled my way into accounting via an administration apprenticeship, which was a perfect springboard to pursue this career. If I’m being honest, it all happened by accident, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I have broad experience working for businesses of all shapes and sizes, from high-street accounting firms to global investment banks, and each has provided me the opportunity to work on unique and exciting projects.

I’m proud to have led a program of work to successfully navigate policy change in relation to the UK’s Off-Payroll (IR35) reforms, as well as managing the end-to-end lifecycle of Acclivity, up until our recent merger with Cooper Parry.

Additionally, I’m proud to have co-founded the online content and learning platform, The Finance Department ™, which continues to be a market-leading, indispensable resource for entrepreneurs and their finance teams.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

I am fortunate to have travelled extensively across this little planet we call home, but there are still many countries on my bucket list, not namely Japan!

In 2018, I proposed to my now-wife at the top of Kilimanjaro, and I’d love to return to Africa with our young family in years to come to show them where it all began.

Having also been born and bred in Cheltenham, horse racing has been a part of my life since I care to remember, and so owning my own racehorse, who will be called Brother Dave, also ranks highly.