Chris Collis, managing director of Turner Duckworth, was found dead at his home on Monday.
Collis, aged 31, joined the consultancy from Wickens Tutt Southgate some 18 months ago.
Says Bruce Duckworth: ‘Chris contributed enormously to our business and to the industry as a whole.’ WTS chairman Mark Wickens adds: ‘Chris was as good as they come. He was passionate about the business. He was our first ever employee [at WTS] and we wouldn’t have got to where we are without him.’