Street joined The Mortgage Lender in 2018 to support its growth ambitions which led, in January this year, to the provider being acquired by Shawbrook Bank.
Chief executive Peter Beaumont said: “Keith has been a great asset to The Mortgage Lender, our senior leadership team and a huge support for me personally, not to mention a visionary for the specialist lending sector as a whole.
“As a competitor, a friend for 30 years and latterly a colleague he will be sorely missed, but like any great leader, he has built a team around him that will ensure the values and attitude that have made him so valuable to The Mortgage Lender endure in the team he leaves behind as he looks forward to a well-deserved retirement.”
Keith started working at Barclays International as a teenager, followed by a move to Citi Group and former building society Bristol & West. He has held a number of high-profile roles at TMB, Kensington Mortgages and The North View Group, where he delivered market-leading growth and successfully steered Kensington through the financial crash of 2009.
Chief commercial officer Keith Street said: “I feel very privileged to have worked in a dynamic industry with great people, I’ve had a fantastic time and enjoyed my career. But now is the time for me to retire. I’m looking forward to working alongside the team until the end of the year and catching up with colleagues, old and new, in person now we are allowed to.”
Speaking to Mortgage Solutions, which asked for a career highlight, Street said he’d enjoyed every career step but that being CEO at Kensington with all the business had achieved was a very fulfilling journey and had been “very special”
He added the unexpected chance to help TML on its journey to acquisition by Shawbrook had also been a great experience.
Street’s plans include his work on two non executive directorships (NED) for Goodholm Finance and Gemini Associates and he said determinedly, he has no plans to “go back into anything mortgage-related”.
Steve Griffiths, sales and product director, said: “I have worked with Keith for nearly 20 years, and it is not an understatement to say that he has changed my life. Very few people will have experienced the benefits of having a mentor like Keith.
“He has affected and dealt with unprecedented change within our businesses and the wider market and has consistently delivered for his team and his customers. I wish him every health and happiness in a long and fulfilling retirement.”