Mariam Ogunbambi

Before joining Starling Bank, I was a consultant with just over four years’ experience working in the delivery phase on three high profile projects in the Public Sector and Financial Services Industry.

As a consultant, I was exposed to the technology industry with my professional career commencing at IBM, one of the best and largest technology companies in the world. I joined IBM on the Graduate Scheme and attained early promotion out of the two-year programme.

During this time, I assumed a variety of roles at the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) and the challenger bank, Williams & Glyn (W&G). The latter project afforded me the opportunity to learn about the financial industry, the technology behind building a bank and to gain first-hand experience of the limitations of legacy banking systems. During my time on the project I was recognised in my specific project area and the wider W&G team for my contributions. I consequently received an award from the IBM senior leadership team.

Following W&G, I felt the urge to share all the skills and experience gained from working for a global company with a smaller management consultancy firm. This is how I became acquainted with Starling Bank, which I initially joined as a consultant to help build the bank in its early days.

I am extremely passionate about what Starling Bank wants to achieve within the banking industry and for its consumers. Fortunately for me, this shone through and I was offered the opportunity to join the company as a full-time member of the team. I am now a Programme Manager, responsible for delivering the integration between Starling’s own systems and the wider banking, payments and finance landscape; working with everyone from new fintech startups to National Central Banks.