Touching base with our UK treasury network in the South West

The ACT treasury network (South West England) met in Cirencester in May and I was invited to attend and share what the Policy and Technical team have been working on. It was my first meeting with the group and I found it a highly informative session. There were members from a range of organisations – including US inbound businesses, manufacturing and retailers, with teams as large as 8 and as low as 1! A number of topics were discussed at the meeting and it was great to see members sharing their experiences to help others and offer support with materials

ACT Annual Dinner 2018 – Thank you for supporting us

A huge thank you to all those who came to the ACT Annual Dinner yesterday at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London – it was a huge success and we hope that you all enjoyed the night! The Dinner provided a fantastic opportunity to network with treasury and finance peers whilst enjoying a superb 3-course meal, fine wine and entertainment in one of the most prestigious venues in London. As the night evolved guests welcomed the after dinner speaker, Sandi Toksvig, who received a fantastic reception. With 1500+ guests, the event raised over £60,000 for the Hand in Hand international charity,

Meeting members in Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland

The last few weeks have been a real global experience for me – meeting members from Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland as well as colleagues from other National Treasury Associations. First up were meetings of the European Association of Corporate Treasurers (EACT) and the international equivalent group, IGTA – of which I am now Deputy Chair.  Sharing developments in the payments space, LIBOR replacement and recent research carried out on treasury teams, we spent a good couple of days together. Then the ACT held its annual Asia Treasury Leaders’ forum, in Hong King, which had 220 attendees – the largest

ACT Diversity & Inclusion events

It was great to get together with members on 16 July 2018 for the fourth event on our ACT Diversity and Inclusion Calendar, hosted by Mark Tweedie and Citi. Calendar is a series of events developed with the aim to provide an inclusive platform for all treasury professionals to share their experience on engaging and empowering underrepresented groups in corporate treasury. Gender matters, LGBT allies and mental health and wellbeing were our first three events in the calendar, and we felt the overarching theme of unconscious bias was a great topic for July. Unconscious bias impacts everyone’s decision making, and

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

ACT Ones to Watch networking evening

I hate to start this blog on a sombre note, but stick with me, it’ll come good, I promise! The negativity bias theory goes that humans have a propensity to focus on and remember negative experiences more easily. Some may claim they are “glass-half-full” types, but the counter-claim to anyone who says this is that there’s an evolutionary mechanism inside us all that means our minds hold onto the bad memories in order learn a lesson to try and avoid it happening again. So, if we’re all happy to accept this slightly bleak notion, let’s now focus on how we

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

Challenges and opportunities for the year ahead

The opening keynote speaker at the ACT Europe Conference 2016 in Düsseldorf, 9 March, Peter Llewellyn-Davies discusses challenges and opportunities for the year ahead. Peter is Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Medigene AG. What is your top concern for 2016? As a Brit living and working in Europe I see the impending referendum as early as June on whether the country should remain in the EU or leave as a major concern. This will be a seminal moment, not just for the UK, but for the EU as a whole. It will have economic influences as