Obituary: Richard Fuller, Head of Governance, Responsible Investment business, Mercer

Responsible Investor is saddened to report the death of Dr Richard Fuller, Head of Governance in the Responsible Investment business at Mercer, the consulting firm. Fuller was based in Melbourne, Australia and worked on ESG issues and project work alongside a number of pension, insurance and banking clients in Australia and Asia. Prior to joining Mercer he was an Investments Analyst (PRI) at HESTA Super Fund involved in the development and implementation across all asset classes of policies and programs for ESG factors as well as share voting and company engagement in Australia and internationally. Fuller previously worked as a company secretary at AWB Limited, the former Australian Wheat Board, and prior to that as a Senior Manager/Secretary to the Board at the Victorian WorkCover Authority, which included policy liaison with the Victorian Minister for Finance and Department of Treasury.A statement from the Mercer Responsible Investment team reads: “We are terribly saddened by the loss of our dear and esteemed friend and colleague Dr Richard Fuller, Head of Governance in Mercer’s Responsible Investment business who passed away on 17 December 2013 following a sudden episode of ill health. We take this opportunity to express our deepest sympathy to Richard’s family Di, Grace and Hugo. We wish to acknowledge Richard’s vision for fiduciary practice and for his thought leadership most recently seen in his work published in the Rotman Journal. Richard pushed us to do better and make the world – and the investment sector- a better place and always with a mischievous twinkle in his eye. We wish to carry on his vision, and honour the many contributions Richard made to our industry, to our thinking and the deep commitment he made to our team and our investment colleagues. He was kind and gentle, a big brain, and a man of great modesty. Richard is acutely missed.”