timthumb-1.phpDear FTA members and fellow finance and treasury professionals,

The FTA Board met this week at FTA’s new Secretariat office in Melbourne for its semi-annual Strategy Day.

For who’s on the Board do have a look here:

The entire Board is energised and enthused about the opportunities for this Association. We are consciously building on our existing strengths, such as our “4 Pillars” events, while capitalising on commercial and other partnership opportunities in which we now have greater ability to participate.

FTA’s Board has been listening its members.

Discussed in detail at the meeting was the Beaton Consulting Annual Professions Survey, which many of you have completed for us each year in November. Results from this Survey allow us to benchmark ourselves against other like associations. Together with member qualitative feedback these are key inputs into our new strategy, particularly in the areas of member communications and events, and in catering better to different demographic segments within our membership.

With our recent events and our new website we hope you are already seeing some of the fruits.

Shortly, you will be seeing more outcomes including a networking events across Australia, more webinars, and new opportunities to interacting with your fellow members using social media.

To quote FTA President Ross McKean CFTP(Snr), “The Finance and Treasury Association continues to have an important role to play in providing information, education forums and a peer network for our members. We actively advocate on behalf of our profession with many stakeholders, including government. 2015 marks an exciting watershed year for FTA as we have reclaimed full control of our own destiny across all aspects of the association.”

From me, the Board and I encourage you to get involved with FTA. Our Association is a community collaboration and the home of the treasury and finance profession in Australia; we hope you feel a part of it.

There are already a variety of ways to get more involved with FTA including:

  • Joining your local Chapter committeeand helping to organise local events.
  • We are always looks for presenters to FTA events, and particularly corporate case studies.
  • And, I will shortly be putting out a call for interest to join a newly created Professional Development Committeewhich will take the ideas from our Technical Committee, and Professional Development Survey, and help turn them into seminars and webinars for us.

Contact me if you wish to build your resume and contacts and join a committee and/or volunteer to speak to the Congress.

So how does the upcoming The Essential Treasurer event fit in?

Essential Treasurer is one of FTA’s annual “4 Pillars” events.

In my view, if you are truly interested in staying on top of your profession, it is your best one-stop shop (aside of course from the Annual Congress) for corporate treasury case studies, technical, regulatory and professional updates.

Attending any FTA event, but particularly this one, is one way you demonstrate your commitment to your finance and treasury career by claiming CPD points toward your CFTP post-nominal – and by networking with your peers.

For FTA members in Victoria and NSW attending The Essential Treasurer will cost you $130 incl. GST.

Members from outside of those states may attend for free; you just need to get yourself there.

And, non-members, wherever you may reside, can register to the event and package in an FTA membership, just for the price of an FTA membership. … So do yourself a favour and get yourself along next Friday May 29th in Melbourne and Tuesday June 2nd in Sydney.

Cheers, David

David Michell CFTP (Snr)
CEO, The Finance and Treasury Association