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

#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

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

Your questions answered: ACT Annual Conference

A lot is going to happen between now and May that will affect the environment that treasurers are operating in, which is why this year’s ACT Annual Conference couldn’t be more timely for making sure you’re up to speed! This year’s theme is all about realising opportunity from uncertainty, embracing change and finding new solutions. All of which can be done under one roof on 16-17 May at Manchester Central. And, if you’re still undecided, these useful FAQs will help. Q. WHO CAN YOU EXPECT TO MEET? A. 1,000+ senior treasury and finance professionals representing 300+ companies, including group treasurers

How to get the best from learning online

Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher, ACT’s Director of Learning shares her tips on how to learn online. More and more companies are using eLearning as a cost effective and easy way to train their employees. Whilst this brings great advantages to the employer, eLearning can sometimes feel a bit daunting for us learners. Here are some ways to make the most of learning online: Tip 1: make a study plan Think about what skills you need to develop and make a note of these before you start learning. Have a think about why you want to learn them and once you’ve completed your