The digital bank, which is currently building out its in-house business lending, has also recently been funding loans on the Zopa platform as it looks to scale its lending operations.
Ford launched Funding Options in 2011 and was CEO for eight years building the small business finance broker and seeing it win £5m in the RBS Competition Remedies fund. He stepped back in September last year, keen to explore new horizons.
A spokesman for Starling Bank said that Ford was helping the firm build out its SME banking operation which recently hit a milestone of 100,000 business customers. Starling also recently annouced that it would be originating loans in-house of up to £250k for business customers.