Well, I can’t start this without saying, Conference, wow!
What a fantastic time we had in Melbourne – the program was first class and valuable, a big well done and thanks for those responsible for the planning and delivery. And, the networking was just awesome. I loved catching up with so many people that I hadn’t seen for a long time, or met before! The Welcome Drinks, Dinner and Breakfast were what we have all been missing for so long. A huge thanks firstly to everyone who attended and made the event what it was. But we couldn’t have done it without our partners, thank you so much, your ongoing support is so greatly appreciated.
As we are now accustomed to, the year is flying by. I know in my professional life the issues of the past two years are still as relevant and impactful as they were at the start of the pandemic, I have no doubt most of you are feeling the same way.
From an ACTA point of view, we have an action filled agenda for the year ahead, where we hope to build both momentum and excitement.
Our immediate priorities and focuses are now our newly created Certificate in Corporate Treasury and continuing the momentum from Conference into our face to face networking events.
What we hope will be one of the flagship’s for our association is the commencement of our very own Certificate of Corporate Treasury that we developed with Macquarie University. It is now up and running, with our first students starting their journey. I have reviewed the course content and it is fabulous – focused on practical learning, case studies of some of our largest Australian corporates and also the fundamentals that you just need to know in the complex land of treasury. The course has been designed as ‘Foundation’ and ‘Advanced’, the modules available are part of the ‘Foundation’ platform.
The ‘Foundation’ program has been designed primarily for those starting or wanting to start their Treasury career, but also has value for those of us who just want to refresh our knowledge, or fill some gaps. The course also great for those across advisory and banking sphere’s as it gives people an appreciate of the varied topic’s that Treasury professionals manage. Basically there is something for everyone. Subjects can be taken as a whole, or individually. Again, your support is vital, please check it out Certificate in Corporate Treasury
I’m also really excited to know that we are beginning to get back to face to face functions. While virtual will always be a part of what we do, we know that networking in person is a very valuable part of what ACTA can provide our members. We recently held our Annual Loan Market update events around the country and got a great response, although the final numbers attending compared to registering were disappointing. We know this is still a strange time in some respects, but do ask that you consider the time and cost going into these days before deciding to not attend after registering.
We also have just held a fantastic networking function in Melbourne, and about to hold another in Sydney, with planning elsewhere underway. In addition, we are planning Women in Treasury events, as well as our always popular and important Essential Treasurer sessions in November. Please watch your emails, social media and website to stay up to date.
Lastly, I would like to thank our Board who have supported me so strongly since I commenced my role as President late last year. A special call out to our new Directors – Hope Gatis, Uri Gordon and Richard Humphreys. The quality of people on our Board is a real credit to the organisation, and I look forward to continuing to build and deliver on our strategy towards becoming the organisation you can all be proud of as Australia’s Treasury Community.
See you at our functions!
Alice Van Der Geest