ACT Annual Conference 2020
Monday 5 October
9:50 - 10:00

Chair's opening remarks

10:00 - 10:45

Keynote discussion: The economics and politics of Brexit

Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman, Cicero/AMO

Charles Grant, Director, Centre for European Reform
Deborah Mattinson,
Founding Partner, BritainThinks
Sir Ivan Rogers,
Former UK Permanent Representative to the European Union

11:30 - 12:15

Stage 1: ESG compliant funding and investment strategies

Naresh Aggarwal, Associate Director – Policy & Technical, ACT


George Duncan, Head of Group Funding, SSE

Robert King, Head of Sustainable Finance, Structured Finance, HSBC

Martin McNamara, EMEA Liquidity Product Specialist, Global Asset Management, HSBC

12:30 - 13:00

Exhibition tour and networking

13:30 - 14:15 Treasury Lab 1 Treasury Lab 2 Treasury Lab 3

APIs and today's digital treasury


Empowering social responsible investment post COVID-19

Treasury technology: how to increase visibility and efficiency in risk management


14:30 - 15:15

Stage 2: Journey to automation: today and tomorrow


Marion Laboure, Macro Strategist, Deutsche Bank

John Meehan, Head of Treasury, Froneri

Anita Polzhofer, Head of Treasury, Arup

Michael Turner, Head of Cash Management Corporates UK, Ireland & Nordics, Deutsche Bank

15:30 - 16:15

Stage 3: Are we there yet? Looking at the recovery and ratings

Speaker: Richard Hunter, Global Head of Corporate Ratings, Fitch Ratings

16:15 - 17:15

Virtual Networking



Corporate case study: Is it all about cutting cost? 


Dino Nicolaides, Managing Director, Redbridge Debt & Treasury Advisory


Sacha Kenny, Group Treasurer, Smiths Group

Hillary Oonge, Group Treasury Manager, M-KOPA Solar

Corporate case study: Why working capital gain wasn’t the first priority for Co-op


Tuesday 6 October
09:50 - 10.00

Chair's opening remarks

10:00 - 10:45

Stage 4: Taking control of your sustainability narrative: ESG reporting and ratings

Adrian Sargent, Founder and Managing Director, ESG Treasury

Vicky Bullivant,
Head of Sustainable Business, Drax Group
Arthur Krebbers,
Head of Sustainable Finance, NatWest Markets
Varun Sarda,
Head of ESG Advisory, NatWest

11:30 - 12:15 Treasury Lab 4 Treasury Lab 5 Treasury Lab 6

Supporting the sustainability agenda through supply chain finance



SWIFT for Corporates: The Global Treasury of the Future



The tech-led way to mitigate FX risks: Automated FX risk management and hedge portfolio optimisation in practice

12:30 - 13:15

Corporate Case Study: Shining a light on the sustainable finance revolution


Helen Slinger, Executive Director, The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S)


Alexandra Lewis, Group Treasurer, National Grid

David Gregg, Head of Corporate Finance, Yorkshire Water

13:30 - 14:15

Keynote address with the Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond

William, Baron Hague of Richmond will speak on the current geopolitical environment, including his thoughts on the impacts and opportunities of Brexit. He will share his unique perspective from an extensive political career including positions as Leader of the UK Conservative Party and Foreign Secretary.

14:30 - 15:15

Stage 5: Managing liquidity in a low or negative rate environment


Andrew Alabaster, Director, Cash Management, BlackRock Investment Management

Yera Hagopian, Head of Liquidity Services, Barclays

Jason Macdonald, Director, Liquidity Solutions, Barclays

Eric Pinn, Head of UK Distribution, Barclays Private Bank

Alain Stangroome, Global Head of Liquidity, Legal & General

15:30 - 16:15

Stage 6: Navigating Uncertainty: The Path to Recovery

Sarah Boyce, Associate Director – Policy & Technical, ACT

Amit Goyal, Director, Corporate Solutions, Lloyds Bank
Sam Hill,
Head of Market Insights, Lloyds Bank
Gregory Meier,
Head of Capital Structure Advisory, Lloyds Bank

16:15 - 17:15

Virtual Networking

18:00 - 20:00 National Association of Corporate Treasurers (closed door)



Sustainability risks and how they will impact treasurers

Celebrating our students' success

Wednesday 7 October
09:50 - 10:00

Chair's opening remarks

10:00 - 10:45

Panel discussion: An update on the transition from LIBOR

Sarah Boyce, Associate Director, Policy & Technical, ACT

Olivier Gayno, CIO Wealth & EMEA Liquidity, HSBC Global Asset Management 
David McNally, IBOR Transition Director, Corporate Banking, Deutsche Bank
Edwin Schooling Latter, Director Markets and Wholesale Policy, Financial Conduct Authority
Jamieson Thrower, Commercial & Private Banking Business Lead for LIBOR Transition, NatWest

11:30 - 12:15 Treasury Lab 7 Treasury Lab 8 Treasury Lab 9

Reflecting on the impact of COVID on FX risk management


Short term cash forecasting under a crisis situation


Adjusting to new dynamics in counterparty credit risk management


12:15 - 13:00

Exhibition tour and networking

13:30 - 14:15

Keynote panel: From recovery to reset - the impact of the global pandemic on the global economy

Facilitator: Rebecca Harding, CEO & Founder, Coriolis Technologies


Tom Orlik, Chief Economist, Bloomberg Economics

Nikiforos Vidalis, Senior Adviser, Directorate General Economics, European Central Bank

Anjalika Bardalai, Chief Economist, TheCityUK

Curtis Dubay, Senior Economist, US Chamber of Commerce


LIBOR phaseout – how should investors prepare for the transition?

Why diversity and inclusion still matters during COVID-19

In conversation with US Fed and Bank of England - IBOR transition

The return to the office- what’s the future of office working?


Thursday 8 October
09:50 - 10:00

Chair's opening remarks

10:00 - 10:45

Stage 8: The long view: a view from a ratings agency on the role of ESG in corporate ratings over the long term

James Winterton, Associate Director, Policy & Technical, ACT 

Michael Wilkins, Global Head of Sustainable Finance Analytics & Research, S&P Global Ratings
Florence Devevey,
Director & Head of Steering, Sustainable Finance, S&P Global Ratings

11:30 - 12:15 Treasury Lab 10 Treasury Lab 11 Treasury Lab 12

Corporate Hybrids, cheap Equity or expensive Debt?


International finance in the second phase of COVID: availability, terms and stakeholder dynamics  

Click and Connect to banks - Is this a pipe dream?


12:15 - 13:00 Exhibition tour and networking
13:30 - 14:15

Stage 9: Journeys to Treasury discussion

Francois Masquelier,
Chief Executive Officer, Simply Treasury

14:30 - 15:15 Treasury Lab 13 Treasury Lab 14  
TMS technology corner  Revolving credit facilities using risk-free rates: a case study from GSK  
15:30 - 16:15

Closing keynote: Aftershocks and opportunities: surviving and thriving in a rapidly changing reality

In this fast-paced session, global futurist and award-winning speaker Rohit Talwar will share scenarios to drive our planning over the next two years and practical strategies for how to evolve our operations in the face of uncertainty and turbulence. He will draw on the new book Aftershocks and Opportunities - Scenarios for a Post-Pandemic Future in which he and 24 other future thinkers from around the world explore how to seize the positives and adapt to the unfolding global situation. 

Rohit Talwar, CEO, Fast Future



Corporate case study: Keeping strategic minds amid geopolitical risks


Charlotte Morgan, Non-executive Director, Audit Committee Chair, Sumitomo Mitsui


Ian Chisholm, Group Treasurer, Grosvenor

Atif Hafeez, Country Head, CFO, Ibex

Andrew Koss, Head of UK, Sembcorp

Corporate case study: Advancing your career in the remote working environment


Caroline Stockmann, Chief Executive, ACT


Roshun Tulkens, Group Treasurer, Mantrac Group

Karen Van den Driessche, Group Treasurer, Ontex

Allen Geller, Managing Director, Raines International

Zonika Ramsey, Head of Commercial Treasury, Rio Tinto

A treasurer’s guide to equity in a COVID-19 world – what are shareholders looking for in 2020?

Accelerating the move to digital


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