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Anne Boden handed government advisory role

Starling Bank’s CEO and founder, Anne Boden will sit on the government’s Board of Trade.

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On Friday last week, the Department for International Trade announced its long-awaited list of board members for the new post-Brexit Board of Trade which included fintech big-hitter, Anne Boden.

The members of the board will hold meetings every quarter and will help the government to “forge a stronger global consensus for free trade at a time of increased protectionism.” 

Other members on the list include Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, the Rt Hon Greg Hands, Minister for Trade and Lord Grimstone, Minister for Investment. 

The CEO and founder of Starling Bank will sit on the board alongside controversial former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. 

In a

, which has been liked over 2,200 times, Boden said she was “pleased to be advising the Board of Trade” while making a slight dig at Abbott by referencing a confrontation by Australian MP Julia Gillard in which the controversy-ridden PM was accused of misogyny. 

Boden also commented: “It is important that we have challenging voices at such an important body.” 

In June of this year, Boden was appointed to the board of UK Finance in the latest wave of appointments to the industry body. 

Starling Bank has gone from strength to strength in 2020, with total lending now sitting at around £1bn, including £903m through the CBILS and Bounce Back loan schemes and the digital bank looks set to reach profitability by the end of the year.  

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