Mike Hawkins, one of the founders of the Manchester-based independent surveying practice, has resigned from the business to join Colliers International as a partner.
Hawkins, a senior figure in the city's property community, provided office agency and development advice to clients which included the Co-operative Group at NOMA and Hines at the proposed Landmark building off St Peter's Square.
WHR issued a statement on Wednesday which said: "Over the last ten years, the partners of WHR have built up a strong business having been involved in many of the most influential and high profile deals in the North West. Mike Hawkins has now decided to explore new opportunities on an international level and we wish him every success with his new venture. WHR continues to retain a large share of the office market and is focused on providing the same high level of service to clients."
WHR employs 26 staff. The firm was founded in 2004 by six former Lambert Smith Hampton directors who quit together to set up WHR.
At Colliers, Hawkins will work with director of office agency, Rupert Barron.
Tony Horrell, chief executive UK & Ireland, Colliers International, said: "This strategic hire is instrumental in the continuing growth plans for our national offices team in the UK, and in particular, in Manchester.
"Hawkins has dominated the Manchester city centre office leasing, development and investment market during the last 10 years with an unenviable client list and unprecedented market share; and we have every confidence that he will help us to build our business in Manchester very quickly.
"Our top three global ranking and international client base were the deciding factors for Mike joining us."
Hawkins could not be reached by Place North West this morning.