Mr Leatherbarrow was a consultant at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital from 1992-2014. He is now in full time private practice. He trained in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London (1989-1990) and at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, U.S.A. (1991-1992).

He has worked closely with plastic surgeons, ENT surgeons, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, maxillofacial surgeons, and dermatologists for over 20 years.

He was the Founder Treasurer of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society (BOPSS) and the President (2011-14). He is a member of the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons (ESOPRS), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and an inter-specialty member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

He has over 100 publications in scientific journals and has contributed 6 book chapters. He is the single author of the major textbook ‘OCULOPLASTIC SURGERY‘. The 3rd Edition of his textbook is due for publication by Thieme in the autumn of 2018.