Former Origen chief Gareth Marr passes away


Former Origen chief executive and co-founder of The Red House Gareth Marr has died after a long battle with cancer.

Marr retired in 2013 after an operation to treat throat cancer after 30 years in the industry. In 2014 he received a Money Marketing outstanding contribution to the industry award.

Aside from leading Aegon-owned network Origen, he founded The Red House, Marr & Bradley. He was also chief executive of Moores Marr Bradley, Advisory & Brokerage.

He also was deputy chairman of city regulator Fimbra, chairman of the Association of Pensioner Trustees and appeared before the Treasury Select Committee.

He had a host of famous clients including Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, singers Peter Gabriel and Sting and renowned architect Lord Norman Foster of Thames Bank.

In a note to clients The Red House co-founder and managing director Ruth Sturkey says: “Gareth will be sorely missed by many but in particular his wife Jane and children Morgan and Sian.

“I will miss him, his optimism, his creativity, his lust for life and passion. Passion for his family, his many businesses, the people and causes he cared about, yoga and music.”