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

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