Dear Members,

The year is flying by, we are all I’m sure well and truly into end of year work, budgets and planning.   No different at FTA as we look to keep building on the work to deliver great service to you.

One of the really important pieces of feedback I’m hearing, including from meeting a lot of you at the recent Essential Treasurer series, is that we need to improve on what we are providing with regards to CPD and information.  To that end we’re working hard to put in place a calendar of CPD for the 18/19 that will incorporate more regular webinars, as well as our quarterly networking events in each State where we hope to add a guest speaker element.  These coupled with some more one off special events such as the Women In Treasury lunch in Sydney next week will see us have a fuller calendar than the past year.

We also need to improve our communication.  These newsletters form a part of that, and in the past so have our quarterly magazines.  At this time the magazine is under review as it is not a financially viable product for us and is heavily resource driven.  We are certainly looking at options, and one of those is a one off later this year to showcase our Conference.  Without that magazine, the monthly newsletter becomes more important, and I certainly encourage our members to get involved by providing topical articles for potential use here.

Continuing the feedback theme, we recently asked members for feedback on our Conference.  We had a good response to the survey and it told us that the Gold Coast is a location that resonates with people, but also that moving around to the bigger centres would also be a positive.  To that end we will now look to share the venue around, maintaining Gold Coast in the rotation for all that it brings, but not being in the same venue year on year.  We also heard that networking is an important element of the Conference, but the Program is the thing that drives people to attend.  We are working on that right now, and you will be starting to see parts of that released in our communications – with registrations now open and early bird having around five weeks to run.

Finally, I’m really pleased to say that we had a good take up on our Mentor program – both from mentors and mentees – we will be advising the pairings over the next short while and look forward to hearing from those involved.  This is a key in us offering more to our younger or less experienced members and I would love to see those mentees form the basis of a working group that helps us plan what else is needed in that space.


Ben Leaver
Finance & Treasury Association