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Death of pension pioneer Neil Marsh

Hornbuckle Mitchell managing director Neil Marsh died last week aged 47 after a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

He was a pioneer of specialist pension provision and worked in financial services for over 24 years, with the last 17 years at Hornbuckle Mitchell. He started his career as a trainee at Norwich Union but after a year joined the army and was posted to Kenya and Northern Ireland. He returned to NU before joining Allied Dunbar as a broker consultant in 1989, moving to Hornbuckle Mitchell in 1991 where he worked his way up from an adviser to managing director.

Hornbuckle Mitchell director Dave White says: “Neil was an inspirational leader with original vision and a brilliant understanding of pensions. He always brought warmth and professionalism to the business. He was passionate about what he did and this passion was infectious.

“He was instrumental in building Hornbuckle Mitchell into the strong and profitable business it is today. He leaves a tremendous record of achievement and an accomplished management team who are committed to pursuing his strategic vision. We will miss him very much.”

Advisers say they admired Marsh’s outspoken presence in the self-administered pensions market. Richard Jacobs Pensions and Trustee Services managing director Richard Jacobs says: “Neil was a very honest and active person in the industry. He was always prepared to challenge conventional thinking. This is very sad news.”

Syndaxi Financial Planning managing director Robert Reid says: “Neil was someone truly committed to making self-administered pensions as accessible as possible and lobbying against various injustices in the industry. This is very sad.”

Winterthur Life pensions strategy manager Mike Morrison says: “He will be sorely missed. Neil was a very good technician, a very good speaker and passionately involved in his subject.”

Mr Marsh is survived by his wife and two young daughters.

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