Industry commemorates Thomas

The mortgage industry is being invited to pay tribute to Kensington’s chief risk officer Paul Thomas, who suffered an aneurysm and passed away last month.

Kensington is to hold a commemoration service to celebrate his life at the RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall next Tuesday, May 11.

Thomas was well known in the industry and worked at several firms including mortgage lenders Mortgages plc and GE Money Home Lending.

e joined Kensington in 1995 at its launch before leaving to become chief operating officer of Mplc. He joined GEMHL in 2004.

In August 2007 Thomas joined Investec Bank as head of mortgage relationships before returning to Kensington as chief risk officer following its acquisition by Investec. He also played an active role in the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

Mortgage Strategy Online has received several messages of condolence, all praising Thomas’ work in the mortgage market.

Keith Street, head of Kensington, says: “In whatever capacity we came to know Paul he always came across as a true gentleman and was supportive in the pursuit of all his objectives, either personal or as part of a team.

“Over the past decades he was an ever present figure in the mortgage world, and will be sadly missed as a colleague and true friend.”

He adds: “This commemoration at the RAC Club is intended to be a celebration of Paul’s life and achievements, and anyone who knew him who would like to attend will be most welcome.”

Those wishing to attend should email merie.bridges@