ACT Annual Conference 2019 – programme round-up

So you have enjoyed the light-hearted tone of Peter Matza’s blogs on the ACT Annual Conference 2019 (if you haven’t read them, then these provide a daily tongue-in-cheek summary of each event day, and are available here), but now you have the rather more detailed look at a selection of the key sessions that dominated this year’s Annual Conference on 21-22 May at Manchester Central, another visit to the capital of the north for the UK’s largest treasury event. Following the welcome and opening by ACT Chief Executive, Caroline Stockmann, and conference chair, Peter Matza, the eminent broadcaster and journalist,

The Impact of Brexit: A Treasurer’s Perspective

The latest in the ACT’s Brexit series was our breakfast briefing, hosted by the Falcon Group on 4 April, which looked at the key issues facing treasurers at this time of great uncertainty. With the situation ever-changing and a no-deal Brexit too likely for comfort, which was highlighted by the keynote speaker, Sanjay Raja, although the threat of this has somewhat dissipated through the passing of the Cooper-Letwin amendment requiring the Government to avoid a no-deal by forcing a long extension to be sought. Raja, UK Economist at Deutsche Bank, opened with the appropriately titled presentation ‘A Long Goodbye’, highlighting

Connecting cash in a digital world – conference roundup

The ACT Cash Management Conference was back and packed more talks, discussions and detail in a focused new 1-day format. From regulation and cybersecurity to corporate case studies and liquidity management, the day featured it all, including the one topic that unsurprisingly kept being mentioned: Brexit. Opening the day was Barclays’ Global Head of Transaction Banking, Karen Braithwaite, who began the event with a look at the evolution of cash management including recent developments. Sky’s Assistant Treasurer joined rating agencies, Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings, and Chrysoula Zervoukadis of Edison Investment Research, for a discussion moderated by Barclays’ David

ACT Cash Management Conference speaker Q&A: Austin Matthews, Assistant Treasurer, Sky

On 12 February the ACT will be running the ACT Cash Management Conference in London. This flagship conference provides a unique opportunity to share best practice, hear practical case studies from leading corporates and network with fellow cash management and treasury professionals. We conducted a short Q&A with one of this year’s speakers, Austin Matthews, Assistant Treasurer at Sky and this is what he said; 1. Tell us a little about yourself – how did you first get involved in treasury? After graduating I started working at a telecoms company called Energis in the cash team – performing bank reconciliations