This year’s Women in Treasury London Forum took place on Thursday 14th September at the fabulous venue of Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London. This key industry event is firmly established in the diaries of both female and male corporates and was attended by over 180 people.
The Forum started at noon with a pre-lunch networking drinks reception during which an informative presentation set the scene, outlining some of the key findings of our global 2017 Women in Treasury Study. This was followed by lunch in the ballroom, during which an inspiring and insightful panel discussion took place, moderated by Sophie Jackson, Associate Group Publisher at Treasury Today Group, focusing on some of the broad themes highlighted by the respondents of this year’s Study.
We were delighted to be joined this year by a superb line-up of speakers comprising:
Cornelia Hesse – Head of Controlling, BASF Global Finance Shared Services
Frances Hinden – VP, Treasury Operations, Shell International Ltd
Peter Lay – Head of Global Treasury, Oxfam
Sabine McIntosh – Managing Director, Global Head of Account Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi
Deborah Mur – Head of Global Liquidity and Cash Management, HSBC France
The panel discussion was followed by a lively and informative question and answer session, enabling many members of the audience to pose their own questions to the panel and make their voices heard.
Head of Controlling: BASF Services Europe GmbH
Since the beginning of 2017 Cornelia is the Functional Head of Controlling within BASF Global Finance Shared Services organisation. Before joining BASF SSC Berlin as Head of Cash Management in 2007, Cornelia worked in insurances, risk management and treasury at Apollinaris & Schweppes, Coca-Cola Beverages, Ingram Micro and Veolia Transport Central Europe. In 2012 Cornelia became a member of the board of the Verband Deutscher Treasurer e.V. (VDT), responsible for cash and liquidity. Since 2015 she has represented the VDT on the board of the European Association of Treasurers (EACT).
VP, Treasury Operations: Shell International Ltd
As VP, Treasury Operations, Frances Hinden is responsible for liquidity and foreign exchange, cash management, intra-group financing and treasury advice for the Shell Group. A mathematician by training, she joined Shell in an IT role from Cambridge University in 1994. Frances has since had a variety of roles including financial modelling, MI, planning, and Pensions, joining Treasury in 2006. In her spare time Frances plays bridge to international standard and enjoys skiing and hill walking.
Head of Global Treasury: Oxfam
Managing Director, Global Head of Account Services, Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS): Citi
Head of Global Liquidity and Cash Management: HSBC France
Deborah joined HSBC France in June 2017 as the head of Global Liquidity & Cash Management. She is responsible for the strategy and financial results for the cash management business serving domestic and multinational corporations, financial institutions, and public sector clients. Prior to joining HSBC, Deborah worked for Citi for 26 years across Europe, North America and Asia, most recently in Singapore as the Asia Pacific Sector Head in Treasury & Trade Solutions for Industrials, Energy & Power. Prior to Singapore, Deborah was the head of Treasury & Trade Solutions for Western Europe and also spent three years in China as the Country Sales Head for Treasury & Trade Solutions. She began her career in the US as a cash manager for multinational corporations.
Joint Publisher & Head of Strategic Content: Treasury Today Group
Sophie Jackson is Joint Publisher & Head of Strategic Content at Treasury Today Group and has 12 years experience in publishing. She began her career in a role in cultural publishing at the Dazed Group, coordinating both editorial content and creative partnerships in Europe and the US. After moving to Tokyo in late 2010, Sophie headed up the launch of Treasury Today Asia in 2012. This was followed by a move to Hong Kong in 2014. Treasury Today Asia is now read by 65,000 corporates across Asia-Pacific and our Adam Smith Awards Asia are in their sixth year. Sophie has been an integral force behind our global Women in Treasury initiative and is a passionate proponent of diversity and inclusion. She is a UCL graduate who studied in Paris and London.