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A first class CertBALM prizegiving ceremony

Celebrating the success of students achieving a qualification is definitely a perk of my job, and on Wednesday 23 May 2018, I attended the bi-annual CertBALM® prizegiving ceremony, held at the Virgin Money Lounge in the Haymarket. The Certificate of Banking Asset and Liability Management (CertBALM®) qualification was launched in 2016 by the UK’s Asset and Liability Management Association Limited (ALMA). From the very start, the ACT has worked with ALMA to develop and build their qualification, and subsequently we now accredit the qualification. The CertBALM® equips students with the fundamental techniques by which to be able to recognise, interpret

NACT Summer Conference 2018

THE National Association of Corporate Treasurers’ (NACT) summer conference in New York opened this year with a briefing from PwC on interest rates and other regulatory reform. It was my pleasure to join Tom Deas, Chairman, and NACT members at the conference for the interesting programme which included a full ‘open morning’ session with only corporate treasurers. But, back to regulatory reforms – Tom introduced the session and gave an overview of his involvement so far in terms of consultation. He has been there from the beginning, and the NACT is one of 27 financial organisations continuing the work in

The value of an environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) strategy

Your correspondent attended a regularly held symposium at London Business School focused on all things PE. The event was held under the Chatham House rule. Unsurprisingly the world of business rarely changes irrespective of an ownership structure. Market volatility, investor fads, talent management are familiar of course, but what caught my eye was a weighty segment of the day devoted to ESG. The academic perspective featured some LBS research that was illuminating. Corporations not governments can be the agents of change (world’s 10 largest companies by revenue bigger than 180 smallest countries’ combined gdp) All the research suggests that using

Everyone has a mental health story…

Everyone has a mental health story. This was very clear from the frank and open discussion at the mental health and wellbeing fringe session at the recent ACT Annual Conference in Liverpool. This session was very timely as it coincided with Mental Health Awareness week in the UK and it was the latest in the ACT’s Diversity and Inclusion calendar which has already included events on Bridging the gender pay gap and Engaging LGBTQ+ Allies. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Even if you think you will

Leadership skills and your network

When you think about your network who comes to mind? If you were going to do a mind-map of your network who would you include and why? And where do you place them – near you or further away? The position you put yourself in relative to any individual within your network has a direct correlation with how effectively you work with them. Following on from this, the way we interact with them will show how effective our relationship is with them. Inspirational leaders have four main traits: They are sensors for their organisations. They ‘plug in’ to what is

The meeting of treasury minds

Not my first time in Liverpool… but my first ACT Annual Conference in this wonderful city. Things got off to a great start on Monday, Charlotte Morgan our Council member joining me at a meeting at the FCA after which we travelled to Liverpool together. Then shared a taxi with the marketing team to the exhibition centre so I wasn’t ‘billy-no-mates’, discovering along the way that it was Connor’s birthday! On arrival I saw my daughter who’d come up from Uni to help out the events team and then had a walk-around to get a feel for the place. The

ACT Annual Conference 2018 Day 2

A night out? In Liverpool? After the gala dinner? Well, that appeared to be an invitation too good to refuse for many delegates. It didn’t seem to affect enthusiasm though for another packed day of treasury discussion, insight and debate. More old acquaintances renewed, more new relationships nurtured and, of course, a delicious spread for breakfast, lunch and tea! In no particular order, benchmark reform, digital fx management, PSD2, liquidity risk management, green and sustainable finance, even blockchain and plenty more made an appearance. Crucially though delegates continued to demonstrate an appetite for understanding the new drivers of business success,

ACT Annual Conference 2018 Day 1

We’ve all been to those conferences where the sessions stretch out before us like a Roman road disappearing over the far-away hills into the distance.   Even the breaks to be fed and watered look like uphill drudgery. Come on, you know you have. Not today though. Oh no. Today might be the first time I have felt like I sprinted through the day filling every minute with great speakers, even greater content, insight, analysis and sheer love for the job! Starting with the brand new video about the ACT (I’ll miss the old music!) and an opening tour de force from


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