About the ACT

ACT - leading treasury professionals

The Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) sets the global benchmark for treasury excellence. As the chartered professional body for treasury, we lead the profession through our internationally-recognised suite of treasury qualifications, by defining standards and championing continuous professional development.

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Educating | Supporting | Leading

ACT enables and supports treasury professionals throughout their careers by:

  • providing clear treasury leadership and a trusted dynamic global network of experts
  • raising the profile of the profession, growing its influence and championing its success
  • having high-level real economy influence with policy makers and regulators

We educate

through our competency framework, qualifications, training and structured learning programmes

We grow networks

through events, conferences and regional groups

We guide, inform and support

through our policy and technical work, our webinars and publications (including The Treasurer magazine) and our membership services.

Our vision

 Our vision is to support the growth of high-potential, well-rewarded, skilled and experienced treasury professionals who operate at the heart of the most successful companies and shape the financial health of their organisations; to inspire talented individuals to choose an exciting, valuable, varied and rewarding career as the treasurers of tomorrow. COLIN TYLER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Our structure

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 2016

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.


Fiona Crisp

Fiona Crisp FCT
Treasury Consultant, Crisp Consultants

Peter Goshawk new

Peter Goshawk FCT
Deputy President

Ian Chisolm

Ian Chisholm FCT
Vice President

Yann Umbricht

Yann Umbricht AMCT
Immediate Past President
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Elected members

Antony Barnes

Antony Barnes FCT
Director of Corporate Finance, Experian

David Blackwood

David Blackwood FCT

David Brent

David Brent FCT


Agnes Favillier AMCT
Head of Front Office, Capita

John Jackson

John Jackson FCT
Group Treasurer, Severn Trent

Joe Peka

Joseph Peka AMCT

Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds Hon FCT
Managing Director, Rothschild

Neil Wadey

Neil Wadey FCT
Group Treasurer, British American Tobacco

Peter Walker-Smith

Peter Walker-Smith FCT
Treasury Manager (Front Office), Astra Zeneca

Co-opted members


Rob Alexander


Karen Anderson FCT
Treasury Associate, WS Atkins


Tony Frost
IT Consultant, Lakeside Lodge Consultancy Services

Chief Executive

  • Colin Tyler MCT

Committee chairs (attend Council meetings)

Matthew Hurn

Matthew Hurn FCT
Executive Director, Group Treasury, Mubadala Development Company
ACT Middle East Committee

Alison Stevens

Alison Stevens FCT
Deputy Group Treasurer, Phoenix Group
Chair: Policy & Technical Committee

Committees and Forums

The Council is supported by a number of voluntary committees and forums:

  • Events and Publishing
  • Membership Development
  • Policy and Technical

Each committee has a chairman who works closely with the appropriate department in the central office.

Advisory Board

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 (Chairman)
  • Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive, FCA
  • Paul Boyle OBE, Chief Audit Officer, Aviva plc
  • Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director, Institute of Business Ethics
  • Richard Gillingwater CBE, Chairman, SSE plc & Henderson Group plc
  • Michael Kirkwood, Senior Advisor, Ondra Partners LLP
  • Mark Morris, Chief Financial Officer, Seadrill Partners LLP
  • John Plender, Leader & Feature Writer, Financial Times
  • Ian Plenderleith CBE, Chairman, BH Macro & Morgan Stanley Bank International Ltd
  • Dr Tony Watson CBE, Senior Independent Director, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Rebecca Worthington, Chief Financial Officer, Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd

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:

  • Yann Umbricht (Chair), Partner, PwC
  • Ian Chisholm
  • Fiona Crisp, Treasury Consultant, Crisp Consultants
  • Peter Goshawk
  • Stevan Rolls, Partner, Global Talent, Deloitte
  • David Swann
  • Laura Worboyes, Head of Investment Operations, Amlin Investment Management Ltd

You can download the ARAC Terms of Reference and the ARAC Control Schedule (Appendix A).

The executive team

For contact details for every member of staff, visit the contact us page.

  • Melissa Brittain, Head of HR and Facilities
  • Charles Cresswell, Head of Information Systems
  • 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

Regional Groups

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).

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