Keith Street is departing from Kensington at the end of the year after nearly 16 years with the specialist lender.
Street (pictured), who is head of Kensington Mortgages and vice chairman of group lending at its parent The Northview Group, took to LinkedIn to announce his departure last night.
He wrote: “TIME TO MOVE ON [sic]. Well after what will be nearly 16 years with Kensington I shall be leaving at the end of this year.
“I will be sad to depart as I have enjoyed my time and it’s been a pleasure to work with so many good people, and achieve so much.
“Who knows what the future holds but I shall always have great memories of the past 16 years.”
Street joined Kensington initially as head of sales in 2002 from another lender, The Mortgage Business.
He started working at Barclays International as a teenager, after which he went to CitiGroup and former building society Bristol & West.
A number of well-wishers reacted to his announcement on LinkedIn.
Richard Tugwell, commercial director at CHL, wrote: “Good luck Keith in whatever you do next, especially if it is taking more time to watch the mighty Spurs!”
David George, equity release specialist at Responsible Equity Release, wrote: “The very best of luck Keith in whatever you turn your hand to next.”
Fran Green, business development manager at Secure Trust Bank, wrote: “Wishing you the best Keith. We’ve all had a crazy 10 years. I’m sure you’ll make a great success of whatever you do next.”
And Mark Harrison, head of business development at Seneca Bridging, wrote: “I wish you well Keith. You are a true gentleman and guaranteed to be a success in whatever you do next. Best of luck my friend.”
Kensington has seen significant change in the past two years.
What was known as Kensington Group was purchased by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and TPG Special Situations Partners in 2015, with it then rebranding to The Northview Group in early 2016.
It now operates through two mortgage brands in Kensington and New Street.
A Northview Group spokesperson said: “Keith Street… has decided to retire at the end of 2017 from his full time operational role, after 15 years with the company.
“The group has initiated a search for a head of sales and marketing to take on the strategy and management of the sales and marketing functions covering both the Kensington and New Street brands.”