Depending on whether you/Bronze wanted Linus to be an antagonist to Kiran or perhaps a way to delve into Kiran’s character: Maybe Linus used to be Velan? Maybe he too feels the pull of his House joining the STO and what that means for his current loyalties.
Might be neat. I could definitely seeing someone from House Vela being hired by Trilliant to take over operations for a massive new spaceport/logistics hub. Might also explain why he knew to import the tea from Haqani.