David became Senior Partner in 1969 following the retirement of Ben Allsop in 1967 and helped to steer the firm safely through some of the major economic cycles of the time, including a recession and the oil price shock of 1973 that followed. It was this, combined with the merger of Allsop and auctioneer Foster & Cranfield, that set the company on the path to becoming the country’s largest auctioneer, as well as a leading property consultancy. David was Allsop’s second senior partner after Ben Allsop, and one of only six people to have held the position in 115 years. He was a senior partner at the firm until 1989.
A former Spitfire pilot, having enlisted on his 18th birthday, David also started one of the first commercial property funds, along with a fund investing in European commercial property, and another in the US.
Scott Tyler, Senior Partner, Allsop said: “David will be truly missed by all those that knew him, and the loss will be keenly felt here at Allsop. Even at the ripe old age of 96, at the beginning of the pandemic last year, he called me to offer his advice and support. A true measure of the man, who in his last year, still shared great passion and enthusiasm for the firm and all those within it.”
David was known for his ability to motivate and inspire those around him. He did this best by encouraging continued development and learning, including facilitating the attendance of training courses by his staff and being a keen listener of their learnings. He always believed in residential as an asset class, not just as something agents bought and sold. A legacy that lives on today.
David passed away in May 2021 at 96-years-old.