GVA Manchester co-founder dies

David Newall, a well-known figure in the regional property industry, has passed away aged 68, having suffered from leukaemia.

Newall was one of the founding partners of GVA Grimley’s Manchester office in 1979 and was widely regarded as a hugely respected member of the firm, serving for a time as senior regional partner.

In a long and successful career, Newall became established as a leading professional in the insolvency and recovery field.

Although most of his career was spent in Manchester, he also worked for six years in London as national head of the firm’s valuation division, before retiring in 2012.

GVA Grimley became just GVA in 2011, and after a time as part of the Bilfinger group was acquired by Avison Young at the end of 2018.

Chris Cheap, principal and managing director of Avison Young’s Manchester office, said: “David will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He, along with a small group of others, established the GVA office in Manchester and he was fundamental in shaping the business we have today.

“His sharp valuer’s mind and likeable personality made him a first-class professional who was loved by both colleagues and clients.”

Donations to the Christie are welcome in honour of David Newall here.

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Condolences to his friends and family.


Really sorry to hear this sad news. I worked under David as a raw graduate in 1989 and I learned a lot from him. A truly decent man. My condolences to his family.

By Conrad O’Neill, Canning O’Neill

Dave was an absolute gent who I had the utmost respect for. He really knew his stuff and I was honoured to be able to regard him as a friend in later years. My deepest condolences to Jean and all of the family.

By Ray Ellis

I met David over 30 years ago on a Friday
And he offered me a job in the Manchester
Office and I started on the following Monday.
True professional and great with clients.
My condolences to his family.

By Ben lynch

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