Friend quits Opus to move closer to home

Kevin Friend, formerly director of sales at Scotland-based Opus, has left to pursue other opportunities.

He joined the firm as sales director at the beginning of 2004, having helped set up The Mortgage Intermediaries’ Alliance Scotland with Colin McCallum. Opus was part of MIAS.

Friend cut his teeth in the financial services industry at The Mortgage Operation, which he helped set up with Frank Butler and Mortgage PLC’s Trevor Pothecary in 1993. In 1999 he helped set up emfinance.com as the UK’s first online brokerage.

He says: “I’ve had nearly two years at Opus and have thoroughly enjoyed myself. I’m now considering opportunities nearer my home in England.”