ABOUT KENSINGTON

When it comes to specialist mortgages, there's not much we don't know.

With a 25-year heritage, Kensington has long been one of the UK's leading specialist mortgage lenders. We serve fast-growing segments such as the self-employed, those with multiple incomes and the over 55s - people the high street is not always set up to cater for.

We make specialist mortgages, special

When you've been around for as long as we have, you soon learn that putting people into neat little boxes is an approach that doesn't work.

We prefer to look beneath the surface and go deeper than the mainstream lenders where all too often the 'computer says no'. Our mantra is to look for ways to say yes, so that we can help as many people as possible get the mortgages they need.

DATA AND ANALYTICS ARE
EMBEDDED IN OUR DNA

All Kensington mortgages are powered by VECTOR, our proprietary and hugely powerful analytical model that is embedded into all phases of the mortgage lifecycle.

VECTOR is supported by a unique dataset comprising over 400k mortgage accounts spanning all UK geographies, housing types, mortgage types and credit loan parameters for the last 20 years, and has driven the development of a number of in-house analytical tools and reporting capabilities that are key to the unique way in which we assess and manage mortgage credit risk.

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FINANCIAL STRENGTH AND SCALE

With assets under management of over £11 billion, Kensington is one of the UK's leading non-bank specialist mortgage lenders, including servicing of c£5.5 billion assets for third parties.

We originated c£1.5 billion of new mortgages in 2019 representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of more than 25% over the last 4 years.

We are one of the largest issuers of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) in the UK having sponsored 21 securitisations totalling over £11.5 billion since 2015.

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We originated c£1.5 billion of new mortgages in 2019.

A formidable team

The Kensington senior management team, with an average of more than 20 years’ experience in their field, bring extensive industry experience and knowledge to the business.

Their expertise encompasses building, acquiring, running and managing successful businesses having forged their careers at some of the premier players in the European and US mortgage space, including Nationwide, Deutsche Bank, RBS, GE and Barclays. 

Alexander Filshie
Chief Financial Officer
Amir Mehr
Credit Data & Analytics Director
Richard Cull
General Counsel
Alex Maddox
Capital Market & Digital Director
Richard Nightingale
HR Director
Vicki Harris
Chief Commercial Officer
Craig McKinlay
New Business Director
Kirstie Caneparo
Compliance Director & MLRO Compliance
Rupert Carlton
Chief Risk Officer
Mark Foulsham
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Arnold
Chief Executive Officer

Alexander Filshie

Chief Financial Officer

Alexander joined Kensington as Chief Financial Officer in December 2020 and is responsible for financial direction, budgeting, capital investment and M&A activity. He also oversees internal and external reporting across the business.  Alexander brings over 25 years of global and domestic experience in multinational listed and private equity-owned fintech, international payment and financial services institutions. Prior to joining Kensington, Alexander was CFO at Visa Payments and Earthport (now Visa Payments) which followed CFO positions at CLS Group, American Express and Barclays. 

In addition to his CFO roles, Alexander was a Non-Executive Director at FundingXchange, a UK-based digital marketplace for providers and SME users of debt finance, between 2015-2019.

Amir Mehr

Credit Data & Analytics Director

Amir has been working in the financial services industry across New York and London since 1992. Since 2015, he has worked for Kensington Mortgages as Credit and Analytics Director. Amir is responsible for credit risk and policy, asset management and portfolio strategy. He and his team are also responsible for developing and maintaining the various analytics tools used for funding, operations and portfolio acquisitions for the Group.

Prior to that, Amir's experience was primarily in fixed income capital markets with investment banks in New York and London where he worked as a managing director responsible for structuring of ABS/MBS. Amir received a BA in Accounting in 1992. He also received his MBA from New York University Stern School of Business in 1999.

Richard Cull

General Counsel
Richard joined Kensington in August 2018.  He qualified as a lawyer whilst working for Dechert LLP and then moved to GAM UK in 2005, latterly as General Counsel (UK and Continental Europe), assuming responsibility for the compliance, company secretarial and legal functions leading a team of legal, compliance and company secretarial professionals.

Alex Maddox

Capital Market & Digital Director

Alex Maddox is responsible for Capital Markets and Digital Strategy for Kensington. He and his team are responsible for all aspects of wholesale funding, interest rate risk management and treasury. Alex has been at Kensington since the change of ownership in 2015.

Prior to that he was Head of European Residential Mortgage Trading or Securitised Products at several investment banks and hedge funds including Deutsche Bank and Citadel Investment Group. He has a master’s in engineering from Oxford University.

Richard Nightingale

HR Director

Richard joined Kensington as HR Director in 2014 and is responsible for recruitment, development, reward, engagement and organisation design and culture.

Prior to joining Kensington, Richard was the UK HR Director for Sun Life Financial of Canada. Previously, Richard held HR Director roles with Investec Bank, Marlborough Stirling and WSP.

Vicki Harris

Chief Commercial Officer

Vicki joined Kensington in April 2018 and as Chief Commercial Officer is responsible for group strategy, product development and delivery, pricing, customer experience, brand and marketing.

Prior to joining Kensington, Vicki was Group Head of Strategy and Marketing at Aldermore, driving growth and product development across the Bank.  She was also heavily involved in the company’s IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2015.

Vicki previously spent 11 years across a variety of roles in GE Capital and 4 years as a consultant at McKinsey.  She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Craig McKinlay

New Business Director

Craig joined the sales team in October 2017 as New Business Director responsible for Sales & Distribution Strategy across existing and New Channels.

Prior to this, Craig was Commercial and Channels Director at Lloyds Banking Group, with responsibility for analytics, pricing, customer experience, business development and channel engagement across retail and commercial banking.

Until April 2016, Craig was Mortgage New Business Director, responsible for overseeing mortgage sales across Lloyds Banking Group. He also previously held senior positions at Homeserve as Director of Marketing, as well as RAC and Aviva as Head of Sales and Marketing.

Kirstie Caneparo

Compliance Director & MLRO Compliance

Kirstie has more than 20 years’ experience in financial services regulation and compliance including 7 years at the Financial Services Authority supervising retail banks and insurers.

In 2006, she joined Aviva as Group Compliance Director, responsible for regulatory compliance across the group’s global insurance and asset management operations. In 2010, she became the Chief Risk Officer for Resolution Limited and oversaw the risk and compliance aspects of the acquisition of the UK life assurance businesses of AXA and BUPA and their integration with Friends Provident to create the Friends Life business.

Kirstie joined Kensington to lead its compliance and financial crime prevention teams in October 2016 and oversees compliance and financial crime advice to support business development and compliance with new regulatory requirements, monitoring of mortgage lending and servicing processes, PEP and Sanctions screening and fraud investigation.

Rupert Carlton

Chief Risk Officer

Rupert joined Kensington at the end of 2019 as Chief Risk Officer. Rupert has worked in financial services since 2001 holding roles across all 3 lines of defence as well as time spent within the consulting arm of one of the big 4 accountancy firms, although the vast majority of his career has been spent in 2nd line roles.

At the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008 he joined the supervision division of the Financial Services Authority in the UK working as a supervisor of a major UK Banking Group. At Kensington, Rupert is responsible for the day to day operation of the 2nd line risk management operations, where he and his team run and oversee the Enterprise-wide Risk framework working closely with the senior management team.

Mark Foulsham

Chief Operating Officer

Mark has more than 30 years’ experience in driving transformative change and digital innovation within various sectors, most recently Financial Services. He has primarily worked with Fintechs, start-ups and digitally led organisations, with a particular focus on those aiming to pioneer market-leading initiatives.

Mark joined Kensington in 2019 taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for lending operations, servicing, technology and change and procurement. In previous roles, he has led similar functions for esure, GoCompare, Macquarie Bank and Bouygues. Mark sits on Advisory Boards for Winmark and CIONET, has authored books on data protection and has been a Non-Executive Director for cloud-solutions business, Cobweb.

Mark Arnold

Chief Executive Officer

Mark joined Kensington as Group Chief Executive Officer in April 2018. Prior to taking up the position at Kensington, Mark was Executive in Residence at Centerbridge Partners, a private equity firm, with a focus on investments in the Financial Services Sector. He previously spent 18 years with GE Capital in a variety of senior management level roles, including Six Sigma Director for GE Consumer Finance UK, CEO positions at GE Money (Portugal and Romania), Budapest Bank (Hungary), GE Global Banking Asia and Bank of Ayudhya (Thailand).

In January 2013, Mark was appointed CEO of Sberbank Europe, responsible for the growth and development of their banking business across eight Central and Eastern European markets and served in this capacity until December 2014.

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