ACT Diversity and Inclusion Calendar: Bridging the gender gap

Why attending the inaugural event in the ACT Diversity and Inclusion Calendar: ‘Bridging the gender gap’ is essential – a guest blog by Agnes Favillier, Chair of the ACT Future Leaders in Treasury (FLiT) group Rarely does a week pass without diversity being discussed in the public space. In recent weeks, we’ve debated the gender pay gap when the BBC published the salaries of its 96 highest paid employees, President Trump announced he wanted to ban transgender people from the US military, Google fired one of its employees over a memo discussing reasons for gender imbalance in the Silicon Valley workforce,


On 30 June 2017 the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) was awarded Best Association Conference at this year’s Conference Awards (organised by The Global Conference Network) for the ACT Annual Conference 2016, which took place at the ACC Liverpool on 18-20 May 2016. It’s a great achievement and recognition for all the hard work and planning that goes into making this leading treasury event come together – our thanks to all the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, venue and of course, our delegates for helping to make this such a success. OUR ENTRY: Association of Corporate Treasurers – ACT Annual Conference The ACT

#actmebb post event blog – win-win supply chain finance in action

On 23 May in Dubai, we partnered with the DIFC and Kyriba in welcoming a multitude of corporates, suppliers and financiers to join our ACT Middle East breakfast briefing to explore the latest technologies and strategies to reduce risk and deliver real value to the business using supply chain finance programmes. The strong attendance and level of audience interactivity demonstrated that supply chain finance remains a hot topic for treasurers in 2017. If you missed it, check out the breakfast’s key takeaways from Kyriba: Establish your success factors When establishing a supply chain finance programme, companies need to define their

#ACTAC17 post event – over to you!

A year on from Brexit, the Trump Presidency coming out of its first 100 days and a general election in the UK… the pace of global events and market uncertainty were discussed and debated throughout this year’s ACT Annual Conference, 16-17 May in Manchester. The theme of this year’s event, opportunity from uncertainty, was designed to deliver expert knowledge and practical tools for treasury teams to take back to the office and add further value to their organisations. With over 1,000 attendees, 100 speakers and a new two-day format, feedback has been excellent. Highlights included: charismatic keynotes from Lord Michael

Into the wide blue (or red) yonder!

Day two of the ACT Annual Conference 2017 saw us off to a flyer in a busy talkingtreasury session but the 8am start might have defeated a few people! It was just a taster of what was to come. Anyone who thought that they were in for a couple of quiet days out of the office will have found themselves sorely tested. But then that’s the point: you can’t ever have too many interesting topics, too many knowledgeable speakers and too many bacon rolls. Well, perhaps one too many bacon rolls! Our opening keynote, Alex Tatham from Westcoast, challenged treasurers

Off and running

They call it a marathon, not a sprint. No, not the Premier League, but the first day of the ACT Annual Conference! From a charismatic opening by Lord Michael Dobbs, creator of House of Cards, and his optimistic view on the health of the western economies all the way to the highly opinionated and highly experienced businessman and executive mentor, Andrew Garner, today’s delegates packed in as much work as some of us do in a week! Mr Garner’s view of the Brexit referendum as being an unspeakable disaster was at the very least forthright – if not the bitterest

The day before…

It wouldn’t be Manchester if it wasn’t raining and true to form we’re having our fair share today before the ACT Annual Conference 2017! That won’t dampen our spirits though and I am privileged once again to be the Chair and to work with so many talented treasury professionals. I can’t remember a conference time when so much stuff was happening to impact the corporate world. Brexit, President DJ Trump (on the decks?!), difficult elections across the EU in France, Germany and Austria and continuing conflicts in the Middle East and tensions in north Asia. Not to mention the drip-drip of financial

Why treasurers need to up their cyber security game

Cyber security is one of the key themes running throughout the ACT Annual Conference on 16-17 May at Manchester Central. Read why you can’t afford to miss this essential update and join over 1,000 professionals who are doing exactly that! Why treasury professionals need to up their cyber security game The continuing increase in fraud and cybercrime incidents in non-financial companies has raised the bar for cyber security within corporates. With its responsibility for controlling payments – one of the most vulnerable processes to fraud – the corporate treasury is at the very heart of it. It’s not only the