Fuller, Smith & Turner, the London brewer and pub operator, has announced that Ron Spinney, senior independent non-executive director and chairman of the remuneration committee, has passed away. The statement from the Board said: “The company has benefited from eight years of wise counsel from Mr Spinney and he will be sorely missed by his Fuller's colleagues.” Nick MacAndrew will takeover as the group’s senior independent non-executive director. The company also added that James Espey, who was due to stand down at the end of next week’s AGM, had agreed to stay on until a replacement was found and would also chair the remuneration committee during this time.