John Sutcliffe, who led the consulting engineer headquartered in Liverpool for more than 30 years, has passed away at home in Southport with his family.
The company said in a statement: “It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart we announce that John Sutcliffe has sadly passed away peacefully at home with his family. Our deepest sympathy to all his family, friends and colleagues at this extremely difficult time. John will be greatly missed by us all.”
Sutcliffe was an active member of the business community and was chairman of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce from 2011 until he stepped down in December 2016.
His other charitable and non-executive roles included chairman of the 24 7 Theatre Festival, governor of Merchant Taylors School in Crosby, and trustee of Homebaked co-operative bakery and community land trust.
John graduated from Sheffield University in civil and structural engineering in 1970. He established Sutcliffe in 1985 and built it to become the largest independent chartered engineers and chartered surveyors in Liverpool, with additional offices in Manchester, Wrexham and London.
John had been fighting cancer for two years. In October, staff at Sutcliffe completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.