The Impact of Brexit: A Treasurer’s Perspective

The latest in the ACT’s Brexit series was our breakfast briefing, hosted by the Falcon Group on 4 April, which looked at the key issues facing treasurers at this time of great uncertainty. With the situation ever-changing and a no-deal Brexit too likely for comfort, which was highlighted by the keynote speaker, Sanjay Raja, although the threat of this has somewhat dissipated through the passing of the Cooper-Letwin amendment requiring the Government to avoid a no-deal by forcing a long extension to be sought. Raja, UK Economist at Deutsche Bank, opened with the appropriately titled presentation ‘A Long Goodbye’, highlighting

Tackling cyber risks in treasury

On 14 January 2019, the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) alongside the European Association of Corporate Treasurers Cyber Security Working Group hosted an event at Barclays’ head office to discuss current trends in the cyber security space and ways of mitigating cyber risks. The event featured a panel session with a line-up of speakers from companies including the City of London Police, Standard Chartered, Global Cyber Alliance, Steelcase and Barclays.   The source of many headaches As companies continue to evolve digitally, they also become increasingly more vulnerable to cybercriminals deploying more sophisticated attack methods. Daniel Piper, Detective Inspector from

Governance review

We have undertaken a governance review in order to ensure up-to-date arrangements are in place to facilitate good strategic leadership, accountability and a framework that encourages diversity and inclusion. Early last year, all voting members (FCT and AMCT) received an email from our then President, Peter Goshawk, explaining that the ACT was undertaking a governance review in order to ensure it has up-to-date arrangements in place to facilitate good strategic leadership, accountability and a framework that encourages diversity and inclusion. Peter informed members of a small interim change, ahead of the conclusion of the full review, reducing the maximum size

“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

#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 past and present – a glimpse behind the scenes

Behind the scenes You probably know that the ACT runs events. Quite a few of them, as it happens. And that we have a flagship annual conference that is fondly known as ACTAC. Or TTC if you’ve known us for a (very) long time.  And the raison d’être for ACTAC? Well, as our good friend and Fellow of the ACT Gary Slawther says, As a professional body it is only right that the ACT has a ‎professionally organised and presented conference, that’s what attracts the quality of attendees, exhibitors and speakers.” We could tell you that as an independent and