UK financial services professional joins Skills Council board

27 June 2005

Gareth Marr, chief executive of Origen, a top twenty national financial advice company, has joined the board of the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC).

The board of the FSSC leads on the Skills Council’s pioneering work to improve productivity and business performance across the industry. Gareth said: "I am delighted to be joining the FSSC at this very exciting time in its development and look forward to working with the board to address the skills issues facing the financial services industry."

Gareth, who has led Origen since its formation in 2004, has more than 30 years of financial services experience. He started his career with Phoenix Assurance Company in the 1970s and went on to form his own advisory business, Marr & Bradley in the 1980’s. He then became CEO of Advisory & Brokerage Services (A&B) in the City of London in 1999, A&B was acquired by Aegon in 2002 and merged with four other IFA businesses as Origen this year. He has been deputy chairman of the Financial Intermediaries, Managers and Brokers Regulatory Association (FIMBRA) and chairman of the Association of Pensioneer Trustees, and has worked with a range of committees for the FSA, the SIB and the PIA.

Teresa Sayers, chief executive of the FSSC, said: "Gareth’s knowledge and experience of working within financial services will be invaluable as the FSSC continues to represent the views of employers across all areas of the financial services industry."

The board of the Financial Services Skills Council is chaired by the Group Chief Executive of Legal & General, Sir David Prosser, and includes directors of banks and building societies as well as representation from trade unions and H.M. Treasury. The FSSC will work in partnership with employers to provide strategic leadership for training and education and to develop the skills that UK business needs.

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