David Guest, a well-known property consultant who led the Liverpool office of Bruntwood for a number of years, died suddenly over the weekend, at the age of 45.
Guest started his career as an office agent at Mason Owen in Liverpool, before joining Bruntwood and working for the commercial developer and investor from 1997 to 2013, during which time he established and became head of the Liverpool office.
He left in 2008 to set up his own business, but was retained by Bruntwood as a consultant.
Guest was prominent on various committees; he was chairman of the Liverpool Commercial BID from 2007 to 2013, was a director of the Sefton Chamber of Commerce, sat on the development committee for Tate Liverpool, and was a member of the Liverpool Merseyside Theatres Trust, which oversaw the Stirling-prize winning redevelopment of the Everyman & Playhouse Theatres.
He was hired by BizSpace as a property director in 2013, with a national remit to acquire sites for its office and industrial expansion.
Guest was well-known and well-liked across the property community, after following his father into the industry. Michael Guest was a founding member of consultancy Guest Garsden, which merged with Roger Hannah & Co in 2016.
It is understood that Guest died of a heart attack. He lived in Chorlton, Manchester, and leaves behind his wife and two children.
Following the news, tributes to Guest have been made by many in the property community who knew or worked with him, describing him as “genuine, caring and loyal”.
Chris Oglesby, chief executive of Bruntwood, said: “He was one of the kindest and most genuine people who I have had the pleasure to work with. He was always driven by doing the right thing and cared passionately about customers, colleagues and the wider community. He will be sorely missed by us all.”
Bill Addy, chief executive of Liverpool BID Company, commented: “I am shocked and saddened to hear of David’s death, and at such a young age. It was David’s vision and enthusiasm that led to the creation of the Commercial District BID, he was responsible in a great measure for its successful launch and his contribution to making it the organisation it is cannot be underplayed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
Chris Bliss, director of Momentum Property Solutions, and former director of Liverpool ONE, said: “I am extremely shocked and saddened at the news of David passing so suddenly. David was a diligent and passionate colleague always looking to find way of improving Liverpool’s commercial district and seeking synergies and opportunities with the retail district. David was kind, thoughtful and a lovely person to spend time with, and he generously shared his own time willingly for the benefit of others.”