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

Meeting members in Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland

The last few weeks have been a real global experience for me – meeting members from Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland as well as colleagues from other National Treasury Associations. First up were meetings of the European Association of Corporate Treasurers (EACT) and the international equivalent group, IGTA – of which I am now Deputy Chair.  Sharing developments in the payments space, LIBOR replacement and recent research carried out on treasury teams, we spent a good couple of days together. Then the ACT held its annual Asia Treasury Leaders’ forum, in Hong King, which had 220 attendees – the largest

ACT Diversity & Inclusion events

It was great to get together with members on 16 July 2018 for the fourth event on our ACT Diversity and Inclusion Calendar, hosted by Mark Tweedie and Citi. Calendar is a series of events developed with the aim to provide an inclusive platform for all treasury professionals to share their experience on engaging and empowering underrepresented groups in corporate treasury. Gender matters, LGBT allies and mental health and wellbeing were our first three events in the calendar, and we felt the overarching theme of unconscious bias was a great topic for July. Unconscious bias impacts everyone’s decision making, and

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 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

Postcard from Asia

Last week I spent time in both Hong Kong and Singapore, touching base with our members as well as current and potential stakeholders. It was fantastic to meet so many people who have been part of the ACT in Asia in one way or another over the last 10 years, especially hearing from them how much they value us as their association, or indeed as a partner. What came home to me was our uniqueness – because we are the leading advocate for treasurers globally, and we support our members when things get tough, our members are loyal to us,

From Brussels to New York (via Dubai)

It has been a busy few weeks with work travel, and I wanted to share with you a few of the key insights that I have gained from the many conversations I have been having. Mid-March saw me participate in the European ACT’s Treasury Summit in Brussels – which brought together corporate treasurers from across Europe. A great event, and thanks in particular to those ACT members who participated in the sessions. A key focus was FinTech, and we also talked about Brexit, leadership/development, innovation and diversity, and. sustainable finance. Key insight: treasurers are going to have to innovate in

Engaging LGBT+ Allies

It was a real privilege to be part of the panel at our Engaging LGBT+ Allies event, hosted by Barclays on 23 January. Alongside Tamoor Ali (BP) and Yera Hagopian (Barclays) and moderated by James Allan (Barclays), we talked about why we are all passionate members of either the LGBT+ community or its allies. Points of discussion included tips on becoming  effective allies, as well as a debate on what level of ‘banter’ can, or should be, tolerated. Hannah Bernard (Barclays) opened the evening with a memorable quote by Out & Equal Executive Director Selisse Berry: “I believe that no