It was with huge sadness that I read last week about the recent death of Paul Thomas, chief risk officer at Kensington.
I worked with Paul for a few months before the market crashed in 2007 and was amazed at his encyclopaedic knowledge of the mortgage business, securitisation and the capital markets.
More importantly, Paul was one of the genuinely nice guys in the industry and this was evidenced when our business had to close at the beginning of the crisis.
Despite knowing them for only a few months Paul dealt with all our staff with kindness and compassion even though he had to deliver terrible news.
I recently met Paul again at an awards dinner and it was great to catch up with him and chew the fat on many subjects.
Although our paths crossed only briefly he made a huge impression on myself and my colleagues. The mortgage business as a whole is poorer for his passing and I will miss him greatly.
My thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time.
I worked with Paul at Mortgages PLC and also, briefly, at Unity Homeloans.
I was greatly shocked at hearing of his death – he was definitely one of the good guys.
What impressed me most about Paul was that – unlike some others in his position – he took a genuine interest in all his staff. It was rare then and is even rarer now.
My condolences to his family.
I was shocked to hear the news of Paul sadly passing away, particularly as I too suffered an aneurysm three years ago.
Paul was a real gentleman as many have commented.
When I worked with him at GE Money Home Lending’s igroup he treated everyone around him with genuine kindness and courtesy.
He will be missed by many in the industry and beyond.
GE CAPITAL AUSTRALIA
I worked with Paul for a brief period at Investec and it only took a short time for me to see how much he valued his staff.
Although we were going through a horrendous time in the industry Paul’s sense of humour always shone through.
He had a human touch and warmth that often seems sadly lacking in business, these days.
He often talked fondly of his family, and I enjoyed our many conversations about music.
Paul was highly respected and one of a kind. He will be sadly missed and always remembered.
God bless you, Paul.