NSS Sustainability Forum

NSS Sustainability Forum Chair

Seema Jamil-O'Neill is the Technical Director of the UK Endorsement Board. Between January 2017 to April 2020, Seema worked at the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as the Head of Accounting and Reporting Policy, where she led the team responsible for maintaining the integrity of UK’s Accounting and Reporting Framework as the UK exited the EU. In that role, she also represented the UK at the European Commission’s Accounting Regulatory Committee, European Council working groups, the UN’s Accounting Expert Group and at numerous UN conferences. Prior to that, Seema worked as an accounting standard setter at the FRC, specialising in the development of financial instrument and insurance standards. She started her career as an auditor and is a fellow of the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

NSS Sustainability Forum Members

Bee Leng Tan – Executive Director, Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB)

Bee Leng Tan is the Executive Director of the Malaysian Accounting Standards Board (MASB). She has more than 30 years of work experience and prior to joining the national standard-setter board, she had been involved in public practice as well as in commerce and industry where she served in senior management roles in publicly listed companies. Internationally, she currently represents the MASB in the IFRS Advisory Council and the IASB Emerging Economies Group. She retired from the IASB SME Implementation Group on 30 June 2022, after having served two terms of 3-year since 1 July 2019. On the professional front, she serves as a member of the ACCA Global Forum for Corporate Reporting as well as the Technical Advisory Group of IFR4NPO (International Financial Reporting for Non-Profit Organisations) project that is managed by a partnership between Humentum and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Katharine Christopoulos – Accounting Standards Director, Accounting Standards Board of Canada (AcSB)

Katharine Christopoulos is Director of the Accounting Standards Board (AcSB) in Canada. The AcSB is an independent body with the authority to establish accounting standards for use by all Canadian entities outside the public sector. The AcSB serves the public interest by establishing standards for financial reporting by all Canadian private sector entities and by contributing to the development of internationally accepted financial reporting standards. Katharine has been a member of the AcSB staff for over a decade. Prior to that, she worked in practice dealing with complex accounting issues and assisting companies in the transition to IFRS. Katharine is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Nikole Gyles – Technical Director, Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB)

Nikole Gyles has over 20 years of experience in policy development and industry-focused research roles. Her roles include extensive standard-setting expertise, technical accounting, and advisory at Big 4 accounting firms in Australia and the UK. As AASB Technical Director, Nikole leads the AASB staff in developing and delivering standard-setting projects. A key responsibility of the role is managing and developing relationships with significant Australian and international stakeholders from the accounting, business, investment, regulatory and standard-setting communities. Nikole was previously appointed as an Enterprise Fellow at the University of Melbourne, leading University-Industry linkages and partnerships, including developing the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants professional program. Nikole is a member of CPA Australia’s External Reporting Centre of Excellence and has acted as a subject matter expert for the professional program for CPA Australia since 2004.

Siobhan Hammond – Acting Sustainability Reporting Director, Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB)

Siobhan Hammond, as Acting Director, leads the AASB Sustainability Reporting staff in the development of sustainability reporting standard-setting projects. Prior to joining the AASB, Siobhan worked as a project manager at the International Accounting Standards Board where she was responsible for the Definition of Material, Disclosure of Accounting Policies and Extractive Activities projects and assisted on a number of Disclosure Initiative projects. She was also responsible for the delivery of the annual publication of required and issued IFRS Standards. As part of that experience Siobhan developed a strong understanding of international technical accounting and reporting issues and standard-setting.