Registration: 5.00pm – 5.30pm
Presentation commences: 5.30pm
Presentation concludes: 6.30pm
Catering and networking: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Event ends: 7.30 pm
Finance and treasury professionals often speak about “getting a seat at the table”, which is shorthand for getting a profile with Executive Management and the Board to influence decision-making.
Executive management and the Board are interested in strategic outcomes. Hence, to pique their interest requires a strategic focus. It should be noted that a strong transactional foundation is a necessary prerequisite to leverage strategic delivery. But where transactional treasury has a negative news bias (only breaches have profile), strategic treasury provides an avenue for positive news bias (support for strategic decision making).
Investing in a treasury management system (TMS) reduces operational risk and provides an opportunity to release resources from high volume / low value-add work, to low volume / high value-add work.
Resource release for high value-add work is crucial because headcount pressures remain even as demand for services increase. TMS provides a key means of making the treasury business scalable to demand in a cost effective manner.
Kurt Smith CFTP (Strategic Treasurer)
Corporate Finance Manager
Kurt Smith is the Corporate Finance Manager at Western Power. Kurt changed the Treasury, Insurance and Corporate Finance businesses from transactional cost centres to centres of strategic value-add. He develops and implements financial risk management, capital management and financeability strategies to support the Board’s corporate strategy, improve financial performance and increase long-term enterprise value.
Prior to Western Power, Kurt held executive positions in financial markets for ~ 20 years. He was the Head of Derivative Trading at Bankwest, a Director in two FinTech start-ups commercialising option pricing and risk management technology, and the Investment Strategist at GESB fund management.
Lee Trewartha CFTP (Snr) (TMS implementation)
Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
Lee Trewartha joined Fortescue Metals Group as Treasury Manager in 2013, where he manages a team principally responsible for Treasury operations and financial risk management. Prior to joining Fortescue, Lee was employed in finance and corporate treasury roles at BHP, QBE Insurance, Genworth Financial, CITIC Pacific and Ausdrill Mining.
As part of Lee’s responsibilities in these roles, Lee has evaluated, implemented and operated various systems to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of his teams.
Lee is a Fellow of CPA Australia, an Associate Member of the ACT and has been a member of the Finance and Treasury Association since 2011.
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