2019 – The year of learning

As the new year kicks off, now is the perfect time to reflect and review your learning and development needs for this year (we know you have been meaning to do it). WE CAN HELP We train over a hundred of treasury and finance professionals every year and our face-to-face courses are the ideal way to learn valuable skills in a very short space of time – and action them as soon as you return to your desk. View all our courses at treasurers.org/training 2019 TRAINING SCHEDULE The A-Z of Corporate Treasury | 28-31 January 2019, Zurich   Advanced Cash

Season’s greetings

The year might be drawing to a close, but we are continuing to look forward. Over the past few months, we have been working hard to continually improve the ACT learning experience and are looking forward to sharing the changes with you. CHANGES HAVE BEEN IN THE MAKING Early in the new year we will be enhancing the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals, the Certificate in Treasury and the Diploma in Treasury Management study materials with additional webinars. Student feedback has indicated that the existing webinars are really useful in providing another perspective on challenging topic areas, so we hope you

The benefit of volunteering

In the spirit of International Volunteering Day on 5 December, you might be interested in the results of the recent NED and volunteering snap poll. The poll was part of a wider initiative looking at how members volunteer and followed a discussion at a recent volunteering member evening. As qualified treasurers, ACT members have a unique mix of experience and knowledge, underpinned by their ACT membership. Finance and treasury skills are in high demand from boards of both corporates and not-for-profits. Snap poll: The NED and volunteering snap poll was completed by 70 members and showed: Overall, there is a

Neuroscience and Resilience

Are you resilient or not? Resilience is our ability to bounce back when things don’t go as planned. It’s a quality that we all possess to some degree, but some of us can draw on it more easily than others can. Resilience is important because it keeps us on track until we reach our goals, it allows us to deal with difficult situations, and it helps us to grow by encouraging us to look at the positives and to manage stress. Neuroscience helps us to understand that the level of resilience we have is depended on our experiences and the

Non-executive directorships

Non-executive directors are essentially guardians of good corporate governance. They need to be aware of legal and regulatory issues, culture and business ethics, disclosure and transparency, risk management, monitoring, communication and trust as well as understanding and appointing the board of directors and committees. Being an NED is not a linear process, but a dynamic one. You need to be involved in all areas and focus on the strategy and direction of the company while not getting too focussed in the mechanics. Your role is to act as a sense check to the Board. The boardroom framework is made up

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

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

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