Industry mourns loss of Pure Panel Management founder David Gillam

Pure Panel Management has sadly announced the passing of its founder, David Gillam (pictured above).

David worked for General Accident Valuation and Survey (which later became e.surv) throughout the 1990s, before becoming sales director at xit2/Valuation Exchange.

He then launched his own businesses, Spinnaka and Pure Panel Management, which he ran for 20 years. 

Over the past few years, David had taken a step back from the day-to-day running of the business and had shown immense trust in the team at Pure Panel Management, allowing them to get on with what they do best.

Newly appointed managing director James Gillam commented: “It’s a very sad time for the team here at Pure, as everyone knows David was not only a big bloke, but a big personality. He will be hugely missed by everyone here – as a boss and as a great friend. 

“The support and messages we have had from clients who have become good friends over the years has been immense and greatly appreciated.” 

A new board of directors has been put in place and, as well as James, it will comprise Helen Scorer, Lynne Wilkinson, and Alistair Gillam. 

In addition, chartered accountant Mai Mak — who has been closely associated with Pure Panel Management since its inception — has been named as chief financial officer. 

Tributes from the financial services industry have poured in following the announcement.

John Archbold, head of property risk at Aldermore Bank, said in a post on LinkedIn: “David was a giant of the residential valuation world, whether from his days with GAVS, xit2 or, more latterly, his own company, Pure Panel Management.

“He was larger than life in every way and was the undisputed king of the corporate entertainment event, where he would effortlessly hold court with lenders, brokers and solicitors etc, often finishing the evening with his trademark rendition of ‘running bear’.

“He was one of a kind and so many of us have a David Gillam story; we could easily fill a book with his antics. 

“I had the privilege of spending two years under his tutelage as a trainee surveyor with Mann & Co, many years ago. 

“Looking back, I’m not sure how much I learnt much about surveying, but we had a lot of laughs, and I learnt a lot about lunching… but, on a serious note, he was a big influence on my career, as I know he was for lots [of] people.

“My condolences go out to his boys, James and Alistair, who worked with him at Pure.”

Richard Tugwell, director of mortgage distribution at Vida Homeloans, commented: “So sad. I have had many a day/night/dinner/event with David — a generous man, great company, and always entertaining. 

“A meeting with David was always one to look forward to.

“My thoughts are with his family. He will be missed.”

Shane Tibbits, head of strategic partnerships at Fluent Money, added: “We were blessed to have known David, and he will be sadly missed.”

James Briggs, specialist account manager (national) at Together, stated: “David was a fun loving, generous and all-round great guy. He will be sorely missed.” 

Steve Hardwich, technical director at Gateway Surveyors, said: “Dave was larger than life in every respect, always had time for people [and] always made sure they felt relaxed and welcome. 

“A lovely man. My sincere condolences and very best wishes to his family.”

As part of the Pure Panel Management’s ongoing strategy, it is looking to recruit a RICS consultant to work alongside the management team and this appointment.

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