Industry stalwart Gareth Marr - one time chief executive of national IFA firm Origen - is leaving advice after a 30 year career due to ill health.
Marr first entered the IFA market in 1984 with the founding of his firm Marr & Bradley. As well as heading up Origen, he has also been chief executive of IFA businesses Moores Marr Bradley and Advisory and Brokerage Services.
He founded his last business, The Red House Consulting, in 2007 with long-term colleague Ruth Sturkey, who now becomes managing director with Marr taking on the role of non-executive director.
Marr has also been a significant influence on regulation and policy in financial services. He was deputy chairman of city regulator FIMBRA, and was also chairman of the Association of Pensioneer Trustees (now AMPS) and most recently deputy chairman of The Financial Skills Partnership.
In his client work Marr specialised in complex pensions and financial planning for leading entrepreneurs and creatives. His clients included Nick Mason of the Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Sting, and Lord Foster of Thames Bank.
In the last 10 years Marr has been living with throat cancer and has had numerous operations and treatment.
Marr said: "It has been a privilege to work with so many great colleagues especially when creating new businesses that had at their heart a consistent theme of caring for clients.
"The last seven years have been really special, building The Red House with Ruth and adopting my son, whilst dealing with the challenges that throat cancer regularly dealt me.
"Of all the businesses I've been involved in, I'm most proud of The Red House and the legacy that I leave behind in the very capable hands of Ruth and the rest of the team. I look forward to watching Ruth leading The Red House to even greater success.
"I am now going to focus on my work in the adoption and cancer fields whilst developing my new voice and thinking of a new career in public speaking or leading a Barry White tribute band."
Pick Floyd Drummer Nick Mason said: "Gareth has been one of the really good professionals I have had on my side over the years, and in the dangerous waters of the entertainment industry that has been a real benefit! I wish him well in all his future endeavours."
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