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Former Origen chief Gareth Marr retires after 30-year advice career

The Red House director and former Origen chief executive Gareth Marr has retired after 30 years in the adviser market.

Marr is stepping down after a 10-year battle with throat cancer and will become a non-executive director of financial planning firm The Red House, which he founded in 2007. Co-founder Ruth Sturkey becomes managing director.

He has 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.

The 62 year old founded Marr & Bradley in 1984 and held a number of chief executive posts including Moores Marr Bradley, Advisory and Brokerage Services and Origen.

Marr was deputy chairman of City regulator Fimbra and chairman of the Association of Pensioneer Trustees, now Amps. He was also deputy chairman of The Financial Skills Partnership.

Marr says: “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.

“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.”

Sturkey has taken over as managing director

Sturkey says: “It has been tough yet inspiring to watch Gareth fight and live with cancer over the last 10 years. His positivity is extraordinary and I have no doubt that he will have a long, fulfilling and rewarding next phase of his life.”

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason says: “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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  1. My best wishes go with Gareth. I knew him as client at A&B and The Red House is a great firm. Ruth will continue to be very successful, I’m sure.

  2. I bet you’ll be looking at the comments.

    I had no idea that you had been ill and I just hope you are winning that battle and will enjoy whatever you decide to do in retirement. Try not very much: it’s still working for me. I recall our many conversations with great pleasure and massive respect. If you ever come down to The Bell again, please remember that we are just two miles down the lane.

  3. A top man. Gareth is one of the best financial advisers I have ever had the privilege to meet over the years. Great for a story. Great for a gossip. And great, great fun. People like Gareth don’t come along very often. I hope he enjoys his retirement.

  4. Now put your pipe and slippers on Gareth and stop reading these comments! Seriously, good luck in your retirement and enjoy spending quality time watching Morgan grow up. Ruth is fantastic and with such a strong team behind her The Red House is set for great success. See you soon hopefully to raise a glass or three to both our career aspirations!

  5. Hi Gareth

    I told my Board a story this morning of my memory of you 40 years ago in The Merchant Venturer Pub Redcliff Hill, Bristol of a fight breaking out (football related I believe) but I couldn’t remember if you started or stopped it!!!

    Probably stood you in good stead for your time at FIMBRA

    I hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement


  6. The previous comments surpass anything I can say Gareth – but you were an inspiration to many when you were fighting the cause of SSASs – today the SIPP industry could do with some of your magic and charisma. Good luck for the future – and you’ll always be most welcome at The Pensions Network.

  7. Thanks for the kind words. They mean a lot from those I admire! Nick you must have the longest memory. 1974! I probably started the fight, I used to get angry then. All of you make a difference. Keep on doing it!

  8. I have many memories of; occasionally sharing platforms; regularly debating issues; arguing over detail but having a long friendship with a fellow man from la mancha – keep in touch

  9. Hi Gareth,
    Thanks for taking the time to respond to the comments.
    Best of luck in retirement and many thanks on behalf of the MM team for all the help you’ve provided us with over the years.

  10. Roland Rawicz-Szczerbo 9th January 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Gareth

    Best of luck in retirement and enjoy yourself. You have always been a pleasure to deal with and I wanted to wish you every success in the time ahead. Good luck to Ruth.

    Kind regards,


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