Founder & CEO, Starling Bank
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, Anne 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 offers ground-breaking B2B banking and payments services.
Today Starling has opened more than 2.7 million customer accounts and holds £8.4 billion on deposit. It has been voted Best British Bank 4 years in a row in 2018-2021 and Anne was awarded an MBE for services to financial technology in 2018.
Despite the success of digital banks rising to fame in recent years, Anne addresses the subject of why not all are profitable.