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

Cash management experts in the making

I attended my very first Certificate in International Cash Management (CertCM) residential course for two days in January, and loved every minute of it! The tuition from Michèle Allman-Ward was excellent, as expected, considering Michèle’s extensive experience in the financial markets as well as in training. Michèle quickly built a rapport with the students, who seemed a great group. A mix of corporate, financial institution and consultancy backgrounds, the course presented a great opportunity to network and build relationships which will hold for the future. Michèle not only helped the students in terms of technical content, but focused also on

ACTME career development workshop for professional women

On 20 November White & Case Dubai hosted for the second year in a row a workshop for finance and other professional women. Following on from the successful ACTME Women in Finance Workshop with guest speaker Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE last February, once again numbers were capped to ensure this really was an intimate working session for around 20 ladies. The feedback received so far suggests it was yet another ACT Middle East Women’s Network (ACTME) success. Thank you again, White & Case! We started with a keynote speech from Larisa Miller. Larissa is the Business Development Manager and

Green finance – so much more than green bonds

There’s lots of talk of all things green at the moment in the financial world, but it’s hard to assess how seriously treasurers are taking it. We have some clear activity in the bond area (Unilever, Anglian Water – well done, Michel Pinto and Jane Pilcher!), but then it’s otherwise a bit ‘quiet’. Having been previously involved with HRH The Prince of Wales’ Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) initiative, I’m now again talking to Jessica Fries, who heads it up, about how the ACT can better support them as well as our members. I was invited to speak at the opening

Green finance and a sustainable future

I was at the City of London Green Summit which took place on 31 May – 1 June and was asked by Sir Roger Gifford (SEB) to give a few opening words on the second day. The audience was comprised of the ‘already converted’ or ‘evangelists’ as one person called them, so I was asked to challenge them (a little 😊). In summary, I had the following to say: My teenage daughter’s view is ‘tell them people are dying, we need to do more!’ (I get that). Awareness is still low, and green finance is not a ‘hot topic’ in the

An emerging theme

There is a common theme which emerges as I meet more and more treasurers, and more and more of our external stakeholders, inside and outside the UK… a lack of understanding of the role of treasury. This is particularly true in those organisations who are not large enough to have a full-blown treasury function, or who have grown and never really understood the need for specific treasury expertise. In the UK it seems a challenge for SMEs, and where I recently visited, in the Middle East, it is a potential issue for the many family-owned businesses. This may be nothing

Two months in

Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, reflects on what she’s been hearing since she joined the ACT in February… Today has been a very exciting day for me as I’ve got to meet lots of treasurers in a more intimate setting than I have experienced since I started. A meeting with Shell’s Group Treasurer, Russell O’Brien, as part of my induction programme, was really helpful, and at the time of writing this, I had just come out of the South West region’s annual meeting. The group is very active, often gathering more than once in the year. Topics discussed spanned from TM systems

Tips for managing remote teams

Managing a finance team that is spread out across various locations can present challenges, even for the most experienced person. The geographical dispersion of teams has become increasingly common in the modern workplace, but how do you help remote workers feel part of a team? Setting up global virtual teams who were fully part of building (and then delivering) a finance strategy falls within my working experience, as does building a sense of inclusion for a large shared service centre located far from business operations. Here are a few useful tips from what I’ve learnt over the years to help