Anne Boden: Starling Bank Founder & CEO, an Innovative Challenger Bank That’s Exciting the Market

Growing up in Swansea with two hard-working parents, Anne Boden couldn’t have dreamt of the future ahead of her. After going on to study Chemistry and Computer Sciences at Swansea University, she made the big move to London to work for Lloyds Bank.

Jump forward 35 years and positions at UBS, RBS and ABN AMRO, Anne has put herself out there as a forward-thinking banker who has spotted huge potential in the world of digital banking.

Unable to have her vision realized as Allied Irish Banks’ Chief Operating Officer, Anne broke away and developed Starling, an innovative and exciting new way for customers to bank.

We chat to Anne about:

  • Quitting her job in traditional banking, moving to London and deciding to start her own bank
  • Raising money as a female founder for her unusual initiative
  • The type of culture and ethos they are trying to build
  • Her ambitions with Starling in the future
  • A typical day for Anne
  • Her advice to entrepreneurs


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