Coconut – the smart current account for freelancers and the self-employed – has appointed Anthony Browne (pictured above) to its board.
Anthony was previously the CEO of the British Bankers’ Association, which merged with five other trade associations to become UK Finance in 2017.
“Coconut is leading the charge to support the fast-growing freelance and self-employed community, which is largely ignored by traditional banks,” said Anthony.
“I became an early Coconut customer and was impressed by how the product helps its customers solve their painful tax and accounting problems.
“The team has done a fantastic job on building this product, which [as] well as being very practical, is easy and fun to use.
“Coconut is a perfect example of new technology and innovation helping customers by disrupting traditional markets.”
In April 2018, Coconut celebrated its 800th-customer milestone.
Sam O’Connor, CEO at Coconut, added: “Anthony brings a phenomenal amount of banking sector, regulatory and governance experience to the team.
“Following launch, we’re seeing a lot of excitement about our product and we have very ambitious plans over the next few years.
“Anthony was first and foremost a customer of Coconut and a big fan, so he’s perfectly placed to support us in transforming banking and accounting for the freelance and self-employed community.
“Beyond the Coconut product, we want to make sure the needs of our community are felt in public policy, particularly around financial wellbeing.”
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