He added gravitas and a certain amount of kudos to the group as people were impressed that a former Cabinet minister wanted to play an active part in the group's affairs. At the time, of course, the subject matter of the group coincided neatly with some of his directorships, not least as chairman of Laurentian Financial Management. There were several occasions when his advice to trade associations and firms looking to bend the ear of government on some policy point streered them in a more sensible and productive direction as he brought his direct knowledge of how Whitehall worked to bear.
Unlike some who have held high office - even once being hotly tipped as a future Labour Prime Minister - Richard Marsh was never aloof, stuffy or unapproachable, something that comes through in the obituaries of him that have already appeared. Indeed, his lack of undue respect for high office seems to have been behind his falling out with the Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson in 1969.
- Cost of motor claims hits highest ever level
- Ombudsman launches review following undercover investigation
- Munich Re to cut 900 jobs as reinsurer targets profits surge in 2018
- Analysis: A healthy mind: Providing mental healthcare in PMI
- Axa denies U-turn after customer has excess refunded from Liverpool car park fire
- MCE to pull out of Ireland following ‘incredibly disappointing’ loss of passporting
- Blog: 'Beast from the East' hits farms hard