Interview – Monique Ebell, NIESR

Can you please introduce yourself? I am an Associate Research Director at the National Institute of Economic & Social Research (NIESR), and I cover the areas of international trade, productivity and labour markets. Over the past couple of years I have been leading our work assessing the long-term economic impact of Brexit on the UK economy. The Brexit vote has added to already high levels of uncertainty and has raised a number of questions for businesses in the UK. What steps should businesses take to adapt to further changes and reduce risk in the current climate? My job is more

Interview – Rick Martin, Gas Log

Can you please introduce yourself? I am the Group Treasurer at GasLog – one of the largest non-state shippers of LNG in the world. We also have an interest in our master limited partnership GasLog Partners. The theme of the ACT Annual Conference 2017 is opportunity from uncertainty. What do you think is causing uncertainty for treasurers today? I have four factors on this one. First would be geopolitical risk, for example the first round of the French elections coming up on 23 April, as well as a number of other European elections including the German and now UK general

ACT Middle East: UAE-China trade, supply chain finance, annual summit

What do treasurers in the Middle East have to look forward to this year? With the rapid pace of change in the Middle East, the ACT, as the only Chartered body for treasury, already has a busy calendar of events for treasurers in 2017: 04 May Webinar: The desert and the dragon The UAE is China’s most important non-oil trade partner among the GCC countries and their trading and investment relationship is accelerating rapidly, particularly against the backdrop of China’s One Belt One Road strategy. The treasurer’s role is becoming increasingly important in multinational organisations and this webinar will develop

#ACTAC17 Highlights from the Conference Chair

Peter Matza is the ACT Speakers’ Chair. His experience, with over 30 years in treasury, ensures the focus is always on debate and discussion which directly benefits corporate treasurers. Peter will be leading the conversations at this year’s ACT Annual Conference on 16-17 May in Manchester and we caught up with him to ask what he thinks this year’s highlights will be and why treasurers, finance and business leaders should attend. What is your role as the ACT Annual Conference chair? The ACT Annual Conference chair, as any conference chair, has two roles: the first is the smooth running of a large

#ACTAC 17 Day two annual conference preview

Last week we previewed day one of this year’s ACT Annual Conference in Manchester, 16-17 May, and I asked what treasurers need to know. With the onset of the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union and President Trump meeting his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, there is a prevailing undercurrent of uncertainty on the international stage. What does this mean for us as a treasury community? As the Chartered professional body for treasury, it’s vital we ask treasurers what they want to get from an ACT event. It’s why we spend many weeks of research talking directly to treasurers

#ACTAC17 Day one annual conference preview

What do I need to know? It’s a question I’m constantly asking myself since recently joining the ACT events team. From bank relationships to the evolving role of the treasurer, I’m beginning to appreciate there is a lot of opportunity for treasurers to improve their day-to-day working and provide more value to the business. Concurrently, there’s also plenty of uncertainty – I think we can all agree the pace of recent global events and market volatility have had an impact on how we’re now working in the treasury space. Which leads me to ask – what do we need to

Rolling on

Dusseldorf, March 2017 At the start of last year’s ACT Europe Conference, we asked delegates about Brexit. Overwhelmingly they wanted the UK to stay in and didn’t want anyone else to think about leaving. Well, like the Rhein that inexorably flows through this city on its way to the North Sea, a lot of water has passed under quite a few bridges since then! Treasurers though must be prepared to help their businesses prosper in all circumstances and for that they need to understand the issues that really matter. @PeterMatza testing the level of optimism. Everyone is slightly equivocal after

Telling your treasury story

Are you a treasury professional with an interesting story, experience or case study to share? Don’t keep it to yourself! In 2017 we have a multitude of events in the calendar and we’re actively looking for new speakers. If you’re a veteran or completely new to speaking, check out why getting involved at an ACT event is business critical this year: 1. Speaking is prestigious and gets you noticed From raising your profile to showing off the success of your company, speaking at an ACT event gets you noticed. As the only Chartered body for treasury, we’re the definitive voice