Steve Treagust

Steve is Vice President of Industries Program Management, specializing in Finance, Human Capital Management and Strategy at IFS.  Central to his role is his ability to take challenges and make them into opportunities. Through thought leadership, communication and development of ideas across operations, his specialism is transformation. Whether working at a company or project level, he’s best placed to advise on best practice, current research, people management, financial control and business strategy. Steve’s work covers a range of areas including construction, energy, manufacturing, service and defense.  Key to his position is data – sifting it, turning it into information, gleaning intelligence and bringing it to life through strategy and skills development.  He brings considerable and diverse experience to the role. Having joined IFS in 2015, he’s been working in the focus industries since 2000. At Babcock International, he was Transformation Programme Manager and previously Financial Controller, and he also spent some time as Lead Finance & Project Controller at Alstom Power. Earlier roles in finance, project management and IT in fields including aerospace and energy also lend weight to the skillset and experience he puts into daily play at IFS.  Steve believes that effective systems should be ethical and environmentally conscious too. Real, effective sustainability requires strong leadership at the corporate level. He’s well known for being precise, unafraid of change and a mine of new ideas.  Having studied at the University of Central Lancashire, he graduated with a degree in Building Surveying and an MBA. A qualified accountant, Steve is currently studying towards an MSc in Major program management at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. 

| | 3 minutes | Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure, Strategy
The 4 Pillars of Commercial Finance in Projects
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Project commercial finance connects customers and contractors with operations, accounts and risk management. With construction and infrastructure margins so low,…

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| | 8 minutes | Finance, Strategy
2020: The year technology finally acts as a true enabler
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Finance and human capital management (HCM) are the foundations of global business operations, and they are being affected by regular and unpredictable changes to business models,…

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| | 3 minutes | Business Technology, Digital Transformation, Finance
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Project financial control is often complex, multi-dimensional and prone to the unexpected, then why do project controllers rely so heavily…

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| | 4 minutes | Business Technology, Digital Transformation, Strategy, Transform Your Business
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In part one of this blog, I explored the recent ECJ ruling re-enforcing the recording of hours worked and breaks…

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| | 3 minutes | Business Technology, Strategy, Transform Your Business
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The old-fashioned chore of clocking in and out is the last thing you think about in a modern digitized business…

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| | 3 minutes | Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure, Strategy, Transform Your Business
3 tips for attaining project financial control in the construction industry
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Project financial control involves more than summing historic values, it needs the controller to map the consequences of potential events…

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| | 3 minutes | Oil & Gas, Strategy, Transform Your Business
The 6 S’s of success for Oil & Gas CFO’s navigating Globalization 4.0
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As we enter an era of hyper connectivity, trillion-dollar corporations and artificial intelligence, industries and companies must adapt to accommodate…

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| | 3 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Strategy, Transform Your Business
Strategic resonance is the 3rd of the 3 cornerstones reinforcing business longevity
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Sustainable, balanced and ethical practices are driving new opportunities for corporate strategy to resonate with stakeholder demands as global culture…

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| | 3 minutes | Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Manufacturing, Strategy, Transform Your Business
Strategic positioning is the 2nd of the 3 cornerstones reinforcing business longevity
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The King is dead, long live the King! With change and renewal being the only long-term constant, business positioning and…

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| | 3 minutes | Business Agility, Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Strategy, Transform Your Business
Strategic timing is 1 of the 3 cornerstones reinforcing business longevity
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Future relevance requires a strategy. No-one can predict the future except to say that it will be different from the…

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| | 7 minutes | Business Technology, Creativity & Innovation, Finance, Strategy, Transform Your Business
Industry predictions – How will technology triumph over turbulence in 2019 and beyond?
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2019 is already shaping up to be a turbulent year when finance departments take a more strategic role. After 10…

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| | 5 minutes | Digital Transformation, Strategy
Blockchain & cryptocurrencies: a tale of two halves in digital assets
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Blockchain and cryptocurrencies represent two halves of a maturing digital asset class.   While Blockchain projects continue to grow in volume,…

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