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.

ACT Annual Conference 2018 Day 2

A night out? In Liverpool? After the gala dinner? Well, that appeared to be an invitation too good to refuse for many delegates. It didn’t seem to affect enthusiasm though for another packed day of treasury discussion, insight and debate. More old acquaintances renewed, more new relationships nurtured and, of course, a delicious spread for breakfast, lunch and tea! In no particular order, benchmark reform, digital fx management, PSD2, liquidity risk management, green and sustainable finance, even blockchain and plenty more made an appearance. Crucially though delegates continued to demonstrate an appetite for understanding the new drivers of business success,

ACT Annual Conference 2018 Day 1

We’ve all been to those conferences where the sessions stretch out before us like a Roman road disappearing over the far-away hills into the distance.   Even the breaks to be fed and watered look like uphill drudgery. Come on, you know you have. Not today though. Oh no. Today might be the first time I have felt like I sprinted through the day filling every minute with great speakers, even greater content, insight, analysis and sheer love for the job! Starting with the brand new video about the ACT (I’ll miss the old music!) and an opening tour de force from

“I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time..”

“I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time..” Paul Mccartney, John Lennon, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967) Supposedly McCartney was walking his dog when this song came to him, musing on the joys of life. On the other hand John Lennon’s contribution was rather more philosophical, talking about his becoming a better person as he matured. Both though taking a positive, upbeat view of life. And so it is with the ACT Annual Conference! There’s been much to concern the treasury profession worldwide over the past few years. The aftermath of the financial

Seven sessions not to be missed at the ACT Annual Conference 2018

The ACT’s Policy & Technical team’s top picks for the ACT Annual Conference taking place in Liverpool on 15-16 May 2018. 1) Brexit Day 1, 10:00 Prominently on the agenda as the very first session of the conference, the ACT events team either decided not to waste time addressing the elephant in the room, or to get over with it quickly. Either way, this opening keynote promises to be an interesting start to the event: Sir Ivan Rogers, former UK Permanent Representative to the EU and one of the best-informed voices on UK-EU relations, will share his inside knowledge on

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

ACT Smart Cash Management Conference roundup

Everyone’s familiar with the saying ‘too much of a good thing’ but when it comes to looking after the lifeblood of an organisation, its cash, is it true? Well no, I don’t happen to think so. The ACT’s recent Smart Cash Management Conference 2018 rather made my point. Exciting start to #smartcash18 with opening remark from Chair Peter Matza @actupdate pic.twitter.com/VZlib5TELj — Bandhu P. Das (@ibpdas) March 14, 2018 Can you have too many smart people working through a range of workshop problems on international cash management, sharing experiences and offering innovative ideas and solutions? Doubt it. Can there be

#ACTAF18: treasury highlights from Kenya

With an abundance of new technologies, a shifting political and economic landscape and new ways of working, the environment in which we are working in East Africa is changing rapidly. With the influence of the treasury community growing in scope, the challenge of the ACT East Africa Treasury Forum was to answer how we can maximise our impact, value and efficiency in this setting – a challenge which was met with overwhelming positivity on 7 February when over 100 treasury, finance and risk professionals met in Nairobi. Highlights  an informative opening keynote from Ignatius Chica from Citi. With the overall macroeconomic outlook