ACT Annual Dinner 2018 – Thank you for supporting us

A huge thank you to all those who came to the ACT Annual Dinner yesterday at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London – it was a huge success and we hope that you all enjoyed the night! The Dinner provided a fantastic opportunity to network with treasury and finance peers whilst enjoying a superb 3-course meal, fine wine and entertainment in one of the most prestigious venues in London. As the night evolved guests welcomed the after dinner speaker, Sandi Toksvig, who received a fantastic reception. With 1500+ guests, the event raised over £60,000 for the Hand in Hand international charity,

How treasury makes a difference

I have been a member of the ACT almost since inception having joined in 1980. It is remarkable to see the strides taken by treasury since that time. In those days, the treasury function was regarded very much as the back-office accountants who dealt with investing large sums or making borrowing arrangements. In the eighties I always thought that there was a certain mystery behind the really big “treasury” departments! In practice, big or small, these departments, and the people who ran them, had a significant role to play. In my opinion there are three key areas and I have

10 years of the ACT in the Middle East

Our biggest and best event yet, with 550 registrations, our Middle East Treasury Summit at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, had a real buzz about it. With the exhibition hall full, and the greatest number of delegates to date (467), it was not surprising. Of course the content as ever was the thing we pride ourselves on, and our sessions on Islamic banking, cybercrime and leadership (which I was involved in) were all really well-received, as well as keynotes on Islamic banking and an economic update, with a great finale being a look with members of our Middles East Advisory Panel

National Mentoring Day

National Mentoring Day takes place on 27 October and provides a timely reminder of the benefits of mentoring. National Mentoring day was launched to celebrate mentoring with a key focus on recognising excellence and raising awareness on the significant benefits of mentoring to encourage more people to get involved in mentoring. The day was founded by Chelsey Baker, an award-winning business mentor to help recognise and celebrate mentoring in all its forms. For more information about National Mentoring Day visit nationalmentoringday.org. Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship, usually over a set period of time, in which an established professional (mentor) provides consistent

ACT Middle East Prizewinners

As the ACT Middle East network grows, so does the number of professionals in the region looking to expand their skill set and ensure they meet global benchmark treasury standards. ACT qualifications are rooted in the ACT Competency Framework. The framework defines the competencies treasurers need to operate successfully in global business today. Whether you are looking to take your first steps into treasury, are heading up a global treasury department, providing banking, financial or consultancy services or need to recruit or train a treasury team, the competency framework offers you guidance on what the global standards are for successful

…..when there’s so much to do

The Middle East Treasury Summit, October 16 2018, Day 2 Lots more to talk about? Tick. Lots more old friends to greet? Tick. More new friends to make? Tick. More to discuss, to share and to learn? Absolutely tick. Day two at the Summit offered delegates all this and plenty more featuring much on transformation, on the journeys that individuals, treasury teams, and the profession have made in the region in the past 10 years and where the direction of travel will take treasury in the next 10, 20 or 30 years. In particular two short, but key, presentations given

Time flies…

The Middle East Treasury Summit, 16 October 2018, Day 1 Although the ACT Middle East (ACTME) is 10 years old, technically the annual summit (nee conference) is just behind, by 1 year. This year we’re back in the lovely Madinat Jumeirah -talk about déjà vu all over again! Your correspondent has been attending and writing on ACTME events for almost the same length of time. Does this year’s event give us any pointers to what’s happened over that period? Well, yes and no. On the no side, national budgets, social spending and economic stimulus remain tethered to the price of

Time management for the digital age

What makes you more productive and are there any golden rules to ensuring you maximise your time? Everyone wants to be better at managing their time. There are occasions when things feel out of control or un-manageable, but some simple techniques can help you to feel more in control. Time management is a skill. And because it is a skill it can be developed and improved. By practising good time management, you can ingrain this as a new behaviour and make a permanent change. The holiday phenomenon. People are more productive in the run up to their holiday. The day