Ask questions, refuse to be pigeonholed and keep a sense of humour, these are just three pieces of advice to newcomers to the profession from Garry Beardshall. And when his head isn’t deep into treasury management, Garry can be found testing himself with off-road enduro biking across mountain ranges or simply fishing off the end of a jetty.
How did you come into treasury and what attracted you to the profession?
I first started my career in the early 1980s, working for a UK clearing bank in the payments section, creating authenticated telex payments, feeding ticker tapes through a telex machine. I was presented with the opportunity to move to the bank’s offshore asset and liability management (ALM) treasury division, which was primarily a group funding operation. I was immediately attracted to the profession given the strict and exacting deadlines one had to work to, with no two days being the same, and the daily communication with the various divisions within the group.
How has your career progressed through to the role that you hold today?
I have been very fortunate during my career to have worked for a variety of financial institutions, starting with a high street bank. After some time I was drawn to the idea of trading and worked as an arbitrage trader for an investment bank. Following that role and, having moved banks again, I eventually went into treasury, becoming the treasurer operating in three offshore locations. From there, I went on to run the offshore treasury division of one of Europe’s largest hedge fund managers for a number of years. I then moved into my current role overseeing the treasury function of an asset manager. I have had the opportunity to work in a number of jurisdictions alongside colleagues from many cultures, but have always been drawn back to the nine-by-five-mile rock called Jersey. I like to be close to the sea so I can enjoy my passion for water sports, including boating and paddle boarding or just a simple bit of fishing off a jetty.