Deals of the Year Awards 2019
Martyn Smith

Martyn Smith, Director, Metal Choirs

Martyn qualified with the ACT in 1987. He was elected to Council in 2009 and was President for 2014/15. He was a long-standing member of the ACT’s Programme committee is now on the Policy & Technical panel.

Martyn trained as a Chartered accountant with Touche Ross in Bristol. He then worked in various Bristol- then London-based finance roles with Tyndall group, Ætna Life, Midland Bank, Grand Metropolitan, Kingfisher, and Delta group before joining Dyson in Malmesbury in 2001 as Director of Tax & Treasury. From 2013 to 2017 Martyn worked for Weybourne Partners (the Dyson Family Office) as Chief Financial Officer, based in Malmesbury. He now has his own consultancy business and has several roles with not-for-profit organisations.

Bente Salt

Bente Salt, Group Treasurer, Rentokil Initial

Bente joined Rentokil Initial plc in December 2015, where she is responsible for all treasury and financing activities of the group. Prior to joining Rentokil she has held various senior Treasury positions in Ceona, Virgin Management & Acergy. She is a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.



Henryk Wuppermann, Vice President Corporate Finance, E.ON SE

Henryk joint E.ON in 2008 to head the corporate finance team which is inter alia responsible for E.ON’s capital market transactions, corporate ratings and Debt IR. Henryk has led finance workstreams in E.ON’s major M&A transactions such as the recent takeover of innogy SE and the prior spin-off of Uniper SE. He has gained extensive experience in large-scale bond and bank financings, liability management, equity and equity-linked transactions as well as rating projects.

Prior to this, Henryk worked 7 years for Bayer as head of capital markets and before head of structured finance. Before joining Bayer, Henryk worked for several financial institutions specializing in structured finance.

Henryk received a Master of Business Administration from Munich’s LMU in 1994.


Joanna Hawkes, Group Treasurer, M&S

Joanna Hawkes has been Group Treasurer of M&S for the past 6 years. She manages Global treasury through a team of 10 (direct and indirect) and leads the negotiation with the Trustee on investment strategy and hedging of the £11bn pensions scheme. She sits on the Operating Committee of M&S Bank and the Groups Captive Insurer and supports the M&S Energy business from finance perspective. She has been a Board Member and Finance Committee Chair at Southern Housing Group for the last two years and is Chair of the DB Pensions scheme at Finastra. Prior to that she was Group Treasurer at Misys (now Finastra) and previously held a number of Treasury, corporate finance and commercial finance roles in other listed entities.

She is a Maths graduate and accountant and long-time member having been passed her MCT exams about 25 years ago!.


Mona Lockett

Mona Lockett,  Group Treasurer, Webcor Group

Mona Lockett has a career spanning 17 years in treasury where she has worked in various treasury roles across the UK, USA, Africa, and the Middle East, she has led and driven the setup of treasury functions as well as centralizing key treasury operations and implementation of treasury software.

Mona was appointed Group Treasurer at Webcor Group in 2014 where she initiated the reshaping of the decentralised treasury and successfully set up a treasury center.

Mona is a member of the Association of Corporate treasurers UK and the Middle East.

Mark Venner

Mark Venner, Treasurer Operations, BAE Systems

Following 10 years in investment banking, Mark joined BAE Systems Group Treasury in 2004. In his current position, reporting to the Group Treasurer, Mark is responsible for cash management, bank account management, IT systems, foreign exchange, and interest rate hedging and back-office activities. Mark holds an MBA and is a chartered accountant.

Richard Sedlacek

Richard Sedlacek, Managing Director, Debt Advisory, Rothschild & Co, and Co-Head, Corporate Debt Advisory

Richard Sedlacek is a Managing Director in Debt Advisory at Rothschild & Co and Co-Head of Corporate Debt Advisory.  He is based in London.

Richard joined Rothschild & Co in 2008 having previously worked at Deutsche Bank for 19 years and prior to that 3 years at HSBC.  Richard has over 25 years of experience in the debt markets where his clients span the full range of the FTSE-100 and FTSE-250, together with private and overseas corporates.  He advises clients on capital structure, financing options and their execution.

The Debt Advisory Group at Rothschild & Co provides independent advice on the raising and refinancing of debt.  This covers borrowers across all sectors, the full credit spectrum and debt market alternatives including advice on credit ratings, hedging and derivatives and liability management.  The Debt Advisory Group undertake approximately 150 completed assignments every year representing circa €100bn of debt raising/refinancing.  

Paul Watters

Paul Watters, CFA, Head of EMEA Credit Research, S&P Global Ratings

Paul Watters is Head of Credit Research for S&P Global Ratings in EMEA.  He currently chairs S&P’s EMEA Credit Conditions Committee that focuses on emerging global and regional risks, and leads the Brexit analytical focus group.  

Prior to his current role, Paul has held various senior roles within S&P’s Leveraged Finance Group since joining S&P in January 2002, which included being a primary analyst for a portfolio of high yield credits in the metals and mining, chemicals and oil and gas sectors. 

Previous to S&P, Paul spent almost fifteen years working in debt capital markets in various senior trading and research roles with both Lehman Brothers and Nomura International. 

Paul is a CFA Charterholder, and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

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