Mark Worthington, CBRE office agency director in Manchester, is leaving the company to set up his own consultancy in Liverpool.
The decision will see a return to niche consultancy for Worthington; part of the eight-strong team at Irving Rice, co-founded by Nick Rice and Malcolm Irving, Worthington joined CBRE in 2008 when the smaller practice was acquired.
He worked for more than 15 years in the Liverpool market and moved to the CBRE Manchester office agency team in autumn 2014, replacing director Alex Russell when he left to join his father's company, Property Alliance Group.
Significant deals that Worthington has advised on includes the 40,000 sq ft letting to Gazprom at Ask Development's First Street earlier this month, and the 55,000 sq ft acquisition of Building 3300 at Daresbury Park, Warrington by Ombudsman Services, one of the largest deals in the area in 2014.
Worthington is expected to leave CBRE by the summer.
John Ogden, managing director of CBRE in the North West, said: "Mark is a respected and valued colleague and we wholeheartedly wish him the best in his new venture. We have made a senior hire which we will be announcing shortly."