Kensington to hold commemoration for Paul Thomas

Kensington is to hold a commemoration service for its chief risk officer Paul Thomas after he suffered an aneurysm and passed away last month.

The commemoration service will celebrate his life and be held at the RAC Club on Tuesday 11 May.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact merie.bridges@investec.co.uk

Thomas was born in 1955 in Worcester. After studying economics, he began his career in banking with Lloyds Bank, following his time with Lloyds he spent a number of years with the Anglia Building Society, Lloyds Bowmaker and RBS before joining Kensington Mortgages in 1995 at its launch.

In 1997, he left to become chief operating officer for another start-up venture and was instrumental in the successes at Mortgages plc, before moving to GE Money Home Lending in 2004. 

He joined Investec Bank in August 2007 as head of mortgage relationships before accepting a senior role and therefore returning to Kensington as chief risk officer following the company’s acquisition by Investec.

He was a member of the Institute of Directors, The International Association of Business Leaders, and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as playing an active role in the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

He was a classical music enthusiast, especially Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak, and his pursuits included hill walking, photography, golf, and collecting historical sailing ship models. He was also partial to real ale and malt whisky from time to time. 

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

“The commemoration is intended to be a celebration of Paul’s life and achievements and if you would like to attend you will be most welcome.”