Louise Mewett

Louise Mewett | Starling Bank

Louise Mewett

Louise graduated from the university of Warwick, where she studied Economics.

After university she took a year out to work for three different startups including London based Creative Nature and London Shared, and a startup in Malaysia. It was during this year that Louise discovered how technology facilitated new ideas and business models. During this year she was also selected to participate in the Code First scheme by Entrepreneur First.

Louise spent 5 years at Deloitte working with Financial Services institutions on large scale transformation programs that helped banks build new products and propositions. At Deloitte she led the internal publication The Banking Innovation Series, which annually profiled how 70 institutions leveraged technology to deliver innovative customer propositions and transform their internal operations.

Since joining Starling Bank one year ago, Louise has worked on the launches of various products such as the Euro Business Account, the Business Toolkit and the US Dollar Business Account. She has worked across functions and teams, ensuring the internal systems and processes were in place to support these high profile launches. She also made sure that the customer proposition met customers needs and that it was clearly articulated and supported by Customer Service. Recently, Louise’s focus has switched to working on improving the existing customer journeys and building more new exciting products. This involves speaking to customers to understand their needs, working with designers and engineering teams to discuss how to use technology to build the best possible solution to meet customer needs and deliver something truly new and innovative.

Stacey Gower

Stacey Gower | Starling Bank

Stacey Gower

I joined Starling in July 2019 as a Technology Project Manager with a background in data rationalisation at J.P. Morgan and machine learning for customer onboarding at Credit Suisse.

In my current role, I am the linchpin between engineering, operations, design, marketing & legal teams to bring Starling’s technology projects to life, from conception to launch.

I began my career as an accountant working in reinsurance, which regularly involved hours and hours of manual spreadsheet updates. My lightbulb moment came after one particularly tough month where I had worked 19 days straight (weekends included!) on a reconciliation piece. After that, I took a deep dive into spreadsheet modelling and looked for ways to automate processes, run more regular checks and leverage technology to ensure we had minimal month end surprises. I was hooked and haven't looked back since.

Alison Choy

Alison Choy | Starling Bank

Alison Choy

I didn’t mean to get into software engineering.

I started out as a chemist and did a PhD in cheminformatics, applying machine learning and data mining techniques to predict drug absorption and metabolism. As part of my PhD I had to learn programming, so I taught myself how to code by watching YouTube videos. I enjoyed creating software so much that I created an application based on the scientific methodologies that I developed for my PhD. The software enabled a user to investigate the stability of specific drug candidate structures. If undesirable properties were detected, the application suggested strategies to improve the drug candidate’s profile.

Programming turned out to be what I enjoyed the most, there was no question if I was going to pursue a career in software engineering. I worked as a software engineer for Alfa, a financial technology company operating in the asset finance market. I was instrumental in transforming Alfa's culture from that of a management consultancy to that of a tech company by organising their first two company hackathons. Alfa’s CEO described it as the best conference in the organisation’s 25 year history. This set in motion a chain of innovation projects that have been sustained even after I left the company.

I moved from Alfa to Starling Bank in 2018. My role initially consisted of integrating the bank’s backend application with other financial services providers to offer customers the ability to transfer their data securely from one to the other. I have since moved into a data science / data engineering role within Starling, where I am responsible for gathering and fulfilling the organisation’s data requirements from compliance and regulatory reports to financial reconciliations and investor documents. I am implementing a data warehouse so business users can obtain the data they require and carry out their own data visualisation without any technical knowledge. Now as Starling’s head of machine learning, I am working to improve upon the organisation’s data foundation, to accelerate data driven decisions and work towards using AI to improve our customer’s experience and their financial lives.

Alison Choy

Alison Choy | Starling Bank

I didn’t mean to get into engineering, I started out as a chemist and did a PhD in cheminformatics, applying machine learning and statistics techniques to predict human drug metabolism. As part of my PhD, I had to learn programming, so I taught myself how to code from watching YouTube videos and I’ve never looked back. On top of my PhD research, I have created an software application which enables a user to investigate the stability a drug candidate structure of interest. If undesirable properties are detected, the application is also capable of suggesting strategies to improve the drug candidate’s profile.

Programming turned out to be what I enjoyed the most, so much so that I decided to pursue a career in software engineering. I went to work as a backend Java developer for Alfa , an asset finance software provider which also offer consulting services.

I moved from Alfa to Starling Bank in 2018 as a software engineer. My role initially consisted of integrating the bank’s backend application with other financial services providers to offer customers a better banking experience. I have since moved onto a data science/ data engineering role, using analytics to help the organisation understand our customers better, to better inform business decisions and with the aim to improve customer’s financial health.

Araminta Russell

Araminta Russell | Starling Bank

I started my career at Accenture, a world leading Technology and Consulting organisation, as an Analyst on their graduate scheme and was promoted to Consultant within 2 years. Specialising in Financial Services, I worked on several global Operational Transformation programmes alongside teams in Mumbai, Manila and the UK. I gained knowledge of retail banking systems on a major divestment programme, learning first-hand the complexities of legacy banking.

In 2017, Opening Banking and PSD2 initiatives became the focus of Financial Services and I decided I wanted to be closer to the action. Starling built its technology stack from scratch and is the leading mobile-only bank offering personal, joint and business accounts. As a Project Manager, I have been lucky enough to lead a number of high profile programmes including our technical integration with a UK payments scheme and the introduction of Fitbit Pay digital wallet, a UK banking first. My current focus is on scaling operations - both what technology we can develop internally and working with external providers to help us scale at pace.

Mariam Ogunbambi

Mariam Ogunbambi | Starling Bank

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.