Doug Williamson

Practical Finance

Doug Williamson FCA FCT has an encouraging and supportive teaching style which gives his students the confidence to stay engaged in financial decision-making and the courage to say, “I don’t understand”, when they don’t. Doug believes that many financial problems could have been averted if a decision maker had been brave enough to admit that they didn’t understand. This applies equally to commercial and personal finance. For this reason, Doug assumes no prior knowledge or experience when he teaches Essential Finance for You  for Cambridge University.

Doug is a highly experienced finance tutor with Cambridge University and the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). He also has extensive experience in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including KPMG, Virgin Entertainment Group and Abcam plc. Doug is a chartered accountant and corporate treasurer who enjoys distilling his expertise into financial education, executive mentoring and coaching. He is a writer for the ACT’s journal The Treasurer, and principal contributing editor of the Treasurer’s Wiki, an on-line glossary of financial terms:

Doug is also a mentor and trainer for Toastmasters International’s public speaking, communication and leadership programmes. He enjoys helping people to learn and apply their skills in practical and meaningful ways.


Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Advanced Communicator, Toastmasters International
Advanced Driver, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Teacher of the Alexander Technique
MA Law, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Doug’s Testimonials

‘Doug has a deep and incisive understanding of the subjects that he specialises in, and has that rare ability of sharing his clear conceptual understanding with others in a way that they find instantly accessible.”

Vijay Lee

Subject group leader Finance & Financial Management, London South Bank University.

“I was consistently impressed at Doug’s ability to distill complex topics down to easy-to-understand snippets, without over-simplifying the underlying concept.”

Benjamin Melville

Investment Banking Analyst, Goldman Sachs

“Doug’s ability to explain complex ideas clearly and his good humour and patience in doing so, make him a real asset when working with mixed teams.”

Sarah Boyce

Associate Policy & Technical Director, Association of Corporate Treasurers.

“I was so inspired by your approach, and will always look back to those lecture days and my notes for many years to come.”

Rolando S Dela Cruz

Philippines, Business & Entrepreneurship student, Cambridge University