ACT Career Hub – a tool for professional development

As a member of the Future Leaders working group I wanted to look at some of the member benefits offered and understand how relevant/ useful they were to me. I’ve written a diary of my month using the ACT Career Hub – I hope it inspires you to take a look at this member benefit. As an AMCT who attends events and reads The Treasurer, I was keen to see what added value there was in accessing the career hub. I’m not looking for a new job, so I didn’t want to use the CV aspects of the career hub,

Peter Hayman, Founding Member and Honorary Fellow (1925 – 2016)

He had huge charm, a wicked sense of humour and great backbone.” Mike Northeast   Peter was one of the ACT ‘Pioneers’ and was instrumental in the formation of the ACT in 1979 and the early development of the treasury profession. He was a member of the very first Council and Chairman of Council from 1982-84. His professional career was shaped by the first ever B.Com course at Birmingham University. Following the war, where he served as an infantryman in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and quickly established a taste for business turnarounds. Looking beyond

Transforming careers in treasury and finance

For over ten years, the ACT Educational Trust has been supporting individuals in developing countries who wish to forge a career in treasury but are unable to gain sponsorship to study towards an ACT qualification. We are delighted to share the success of one such individual, who has recently completed the CertTF qualification and is just about to start his CertT studies, all with the help of the Trust’s bursary scheme. Gildas Katro Digbeu, Senior Accountant – Account Receivables, Global Travel Alliance, South Africa tells us his story: Working as a Corporate Finance Executive has always been my passion since

Supporting future leaders

We’re delighted to share the success of an inspirational bursary holder based in Botswana, who recently passed CertTF with a distinction and has now already moved onto the Certificate in Treasury. What our bursary holder had to say Thato Tshipinare, Accounts Assistant, Outsource IT (PTY) Limited ‘After studying for my degree in Accounting and Finance, I decided I wanted to go into treasury. Still in its infancy here in Botswana, I saw this as an opportunity. Dealing with foreign markets and corporate clients would give me an edge over my peers who also had university degrees, but I also felt I needed a professional

Backing future leaders

To promote growth within the treasury profession, the ACT Educational Trust charity offers a bursary scheme to provide financial assistance for students from developing countries who are unable to fund or gain sponsorship for their ACT studies. We recently caught up with Wisdom Akakpo, Money Market Dealer, Barclays Bank Ghana Ltd. We’re delighted to say, Wisdom achieved a distinction for the Certificate in Treasury Fundamentals (CertTF) and is currently studying the Certificate in Treasury (CertT). What Wisdom had to say It all began during the summer of my year of graduation. I was selected for the SEO Career Program and was placed at Barclays. I had

Supporting future leaders

To promote growth within the treasury profession, the ACT Educational Trust charity offers a bursary scheme to provide financial assistance for students from developing countries who are unable to fund or gain sponsorship for their ACT studies. We’re delighted to share the success of one such inspirational bursary holder based in Malawi, who recently passed CertTF with a distinction: Chikondano Faith Chisala, Senior Treasury Dealer, NBS Bank Limited ‘I entered a career in treasury as part of a two-year management trainee program at NBS Bank and I had rotated at the treasury department. I have passion for financial markets and found that while the

Walter Van Den Broeck, regional finance director MENAI at CH2M, “It was when I got into the finance side of things that I really started to touch on treasury,”

Operating in the Middle East creates certain challenges for treasurers. Walter Van Den Broeck shares his thoughts based on his experience of heading up the regional finance function for global corporation CH2M. Ben Poole reports. Engineering success in the Middle East “It was a fairly straightforward career path,” says Walter Van Den Broeck, regional finance director MENAI at CH2M, reflecting on how he came to work in finance. Having a Master’s degree in economic sciences, his working life started off in accounting, gradually progressing to finance and administration management roles either for joint ventures or for national operations. “It was

Speaker blog: Sophisticated treasurer – the art of excelling in communication

Consideration of your audience is fundamental to the success of any message: understanding how your audience thinks and what your audience needs, greatly enhances your chances of successful communication. Having worked in both multinational corporations and with family run businesses, I have observed a few key nuances in communicating successfully, which are good skills to transfer to most situations. How to influence business executives and steer company strategy The first nuance, which is intrinsically linked to trust, is the necessity to divulge everything and be completely transparent. Related to this, is ensuring you present all possible options, even those you