Kensington’s new lender attracts Whittaker

The Kensington Group is to launch a new lending brand to market and myhomemove corporate sales director Adrian Whittaker has been brought on board, Mortgage Strategy understands.

There are no details about the new lender at this time except its name: New Street Mortgages.

Former Barclays intermediary chief David Finlay, who is thought to be heading up the new lender, declined to comment.

Myhomemove announced Whittaker’s departure last week although it did not name his destination. He joined the conveyancer two years ago from Santander, where he was key accounts director.

Myhomemove group sales director Dev Malle says: “Adrian has played a key role in helping to build our multi-channel distribution strategy and has brought a great level of skill and knowledge to the organisation. Clearly he goes with our best wishes and I know he will be a success as he takes up his next challenge.”

Whittaker says: “Myhomemove is a fantastic business and one that I have had the privilege of introducing to many new business partners in the UK new-build, estate agency, mortgage and financial services markets.

“Its success is down to its people, a brilliant senior management team, an award-winning customer journey and putting the customer at the heart of everything it does. I wish [chief executive] Doug [Crawford], Dev and the team continued success.”

BlackRock and TPG purchased Kensington Mortgages for £180m in September last year.