Anne Boden

Founder and CEO of Starling Bank

Anne Boden is founder and CEO of Starling, a digital bank targeting millions of users who live their lives on their phones. After a distinguished career working in senior leadership at some of the world’s best-known financial heavyweights, among them Allied Irish Banks, Royal Bank of Scotland and ABN AMRO, she set out to build her own mobile bank from scratch in 2014.

A computer scientist by training, she worked with the team at Starling to build a banking app loaded with smart money management tools that would help customers control their finances and track their spending and saving in real time. Starling also has a Marketplace, allowing customers in-app access to a curated selection of third-party financial services and has a ground-breaking B2B business offering payments services and banking-as-a-service. Today Starling is on track to have one million customers and to hold £1 billion on deposit before the end of 2019. It was voted Best British Bank in 2018 and 2019 and Anne was awarded an MBE for services to financial technology in 2018.

She formerly served on the board of governors at Middlesex University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Chartered Institute of IT and a member of the FinTech Strategy Group, created by Innovate Finance and City of London Corporation.

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