Strategic leaders in the making

Janet and I would like here to reflect a little on the inaugural residential weekend of the Advanced Diploma in Treasury Management – without of course giving away too many secrets! The residential school weekend kicked off with the first day focusing on preparing the students for the dissertation element of their assessment (students could choose whether to attend the dissertation workshop on the Thursday or Sunday). Jon Jeffery, our Advanced Diploma tutor, supported by Paul Cowdell and Monika Kekelikova, presented a high-energy and engaging session split into two parts. In the morning, the presentation focused on key things the
Hand in Hand Kenya

In the field with Hand in Hand

In March I had the pleasure to take a field visit with Mona Lockett, Treasurer of Webcor, to see the ACT-sponsored charity Hand in Hand International’s work on the ground in Kenya. Our own ‘sponsored village’ is just in start-up mode and a four-hour journey from Nairobi where I was hosting our conference, so it was great to see similar programmes but much closer to where we were staying. First of all, we met Teresiah in Kiambu town, who has been part of the programme since last year.  Teresiah ran a tailoring business in her rural homestead, but after training identified a

Meeting members in East Africa

A few weeks ago, I was at our annual East Africa Treasury Forum in Nairobi meeting our members and reinforcing the presence of the ACT and the role of the treasury function in the region. After my short welcome giving the audience an overview about the ACT and what we do, and some opening remarks from our very able chair, Sydney Wechuli of the Nairobi Securities Exchange, we had an exciting and informative opening keynote from Standard Chartered’s Africa Strategist, Eva Wanjiku Otieno, who talked about key economic factors worldwide from the changing strategy of the US Federal Reserve to

Partnering around the world

The last couple of weeks have stood out for me in terms of our strong partnerships around the world.  From the GTR event in Dubai where we ‘host’ a corporate treasury afternoon, to a breakfast supported by ADIB looking at Islamic banking, to member events in Hong Kong and Singapore hosted by PwC and Deloitte respectively.  And it didn’t end there. It was great to see some other old friends again – the ACT Singapore joining our member event, meeting with the IACCT in Hong Kong to talk about our future continuing collaboration, and running a seminar on strategic influencing

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