Technology may have transformed many elements of the job, but John Chamberlain believes it also makes things too easy for junior members of the profession. Which is one reason why, when recruiting, he looks for candidates with the ability to continue learning, people who are keen to broaden their knowledge and become ‘effective and sympathetic partners’ within their organisation.
How did you come into treasury and what attracted you to the profession?
I was initially attracted to treasury through conversations with various treasury professionals. The role sounded interesting and challenging. As an auditor, my role was to check the reporting of the performance of a company whereas the role of treasurer has a direct impact on that performance so was inherently appealing to me as it felt more meaningful.
I’ve very much enjoyed making the move into treasury so, in hindsight, I’m pleased I switched.