About the ACT
ACT - leading treasury professionals
The Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) sets the benchmark for international treasury excellence. As the chartered body for treasury, we lead the profession through our internationally recognised suite of treasury qualifications, by defining standards and championing continuing professional development. We are the authentic voice of the treasury profession representing the interests of the real economy and educating, supporting and leading the treasurers of today and tomorrow.
What can the ACT do for you?
We provide a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities centred around:
- professional qualifications and training courses
- conferences, briefings and thought-leadership events
- publications, technical updates, guidance and dialogue.
We also work in partnership with leading accountancy bodies to offer a fast-track programme for qualified accountants who wish to gain the AMCT Diploma in Treasury:
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)
Council is the governing body of the ACT. It is ultimately responsible for the stewardship and management of the ACT’s affairs and accountable to the members. Day-to-day management is delegated to the Chief Executive and, through him to the Executive team.
Council consists of up to nine elected members who serve a three-year term, four Officers – President, Deputy President, Vice President and Immediate Past President – and the Chief Executive. The normal succession route for Officers is Vice President, Deputy President, President and finally, Immediate Past President with each post lasting one year.
For further information about Council and its committees see Guidelines for Council
Council members for the term commencing 1 May 2013
Officers and elected members cannot be contacted via the ACT. To speak to a member of the executive team please see the Contact Us page.
Global Head of Corporate Finance, Rio Tinto
Director of Tax and Treasury, Dyson
Immediate Past President
Regional Finance Director
- Charles Barlow FCT, Group Treasurer, Coats
- Roger Burge FCT, Director of Treasury and Corporate Finance, Arqiva
- Ian Chisholm MCT, Vice President Financial Markets, Shell
- Fiona Crisp FCT, Treasury Consultant, Crisp Consultants
- Lesley Flowerdew MCT, Tax & Treasury Director, WS Atkins
- Peter Goshawk FCT
- Dominic Jaques FCT, Managing Director, Tresauris
- Alison Stevens MCT, Deputy Group Treasurer, Phoenix Group
- Colin Tyler
- Richard Dakin, Managing Director and Head of Corporate Real Estate, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets
- Paul Reynolds, Managing Director, Head of Debt and Equity, Rothschild (Middle East) Ltd
Committee chairs (attend Council meetings)
- Lucy Fuller, Group Treasurer, Smith & Nephew
Education Advisory Board
- Matthew Hurn, Executive Director, Group Treasury, Mubadala Development Company
ACT Middle East Committee
The Council is supported by a number of voluntary committees:
- Education Advisory Board
- Events and Publishing
- Member Services
- Policy and Technical
Each committee has a chairman who works closely with the appropriate department in the central office.
The Advisory Board, currently chaired by Chris Jones, a former President of the ACT, consists of members drawn from senior positions in finance and commerce, including financial journalists and regulators. No serving member of Council may be a member of the Board. The Board meets at least once a year to discuss and advise on matters of importance to the ACT and its members, including commenting on the ACT's policies, governance and strategic plan. The chairman of the Board makes an annual presentation to Council.
The current members of the Advisory Board are:
- Chris Jones, PwC, Financial Services Leader, EMEA (Chairman)
- Andrew Bailey, Executive Director of the Bank of England and Head of the Prudential Business Unit
- Paul Boyle, OBE, Aviva plc, Chief Audit Officer
- Alastair Clark, CBE Senior Adviser for financial stability
- Philippa Foster Back, OBE Director, Institute of Business Ethics
- Richard Gillingwater, CBE Chairman of CDC Group
- Michael Kirkwood, CMG Chairman, Ondra Partners
- Mark Morris, Finance Director, Rolls Royce
- John Plender, Leader & Feature Writer, Financial Times
- Ian Plenderleith, Chairman, BH Macro, former DG, South African Reserve Bank
- Dr Tony Watson, CBE Non Executive Director, Vodafone Group
- Rebecca Worthington
For further information about our Advisory Board members click here
Appointments, Remuneration and Audit Committee (ARAC)
ARAC is chaired by the Immediate Past President and consists of the President and up to three other non-Officer members of Council. In addition there may be up to three non-Council members. ARAC members are appointed by Council with at least one member being a qualified accountant. It meets four times a year and more frequently as required; at least once a year ARAC meets with the auditors without members of the executive team present.
The current members of ARAC are:
- Fiona Crisp, Treasury Consultant, Crisp Consultants
- Lucy Fuller, Group Treasurer, Smith & Nephew
- Jonathan Slade, Global Head of Corporate Finance, Rio Tinto
- David Swann
- Yann Umbricht, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Bob Williams (Chairman), Regional Finance Director, Barratt Dvelopments
The executive team
For contact details for every member of staff, visit the contact us page.
- Melissa Brittain, Head of HR and Facilities
- Pauline Coulter, Commercial Director
- Charles Cresswell, Head of Information Systems
- John Grout, Policy & Technical Director
- Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher, Director of Education
- James Lockyer, Development Director
- Peter Matza, Engagement Director
- Denis Murphy, Sponsorship Director
- Tony McIntyre, Interim Head of Finance
- Sharon Newell, Head of Marketing and Communications
- Ria Robinson, Director of Membership & Company Secretary
- Colin Tyler, Chief Executive
There are a number of regional groups in the UK and other countries. Through regular meetings, they provide support to members, students and other interested parties. Each group is run by one or more members - Regional Group Organisers (RGOs).