Dr Ann Marie Sidhu
Ann Marie is a Director of sustainability services. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and a GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Certified Sustainability Professional. She has many years experience in a Big 4 accounting firm reaching senior manager level covering corporate insolvency, audit & assurance services for a variety of clients from manufacturing, banking, hospitality and healthcare. After professional practice Ann Marie moved into academia working for universities in UK, Malaysia and Australia where she engaged in teaching and research in the areas of accounting, finance and economics and more specifically corporate reporting and sustainability accounting. She was also a part time trainer for ICAEW and ACCA and worked on the industry degree programme collaboration between PwC, ICAEW and Newcastle University in the UK.
Ann Marie’s most recent post has been as Programme Director for the Edinburgh Business School MBA at Heriot Watt University. The MBA is geared towards educating the next generation of business leaders primarily from mid level management level of well known international and local corporations. She was responsible for the overall leadership and coordination of the programme including financial management, liaising with industry partners, tailor-made proposals, quality assurance and day to day management. She also taught on the programme in the area of financial decision making.
Her PhD (awarded in 2018) relates to sustainable development through the Clean Development Mechanism in Malaysian companies. As part of her research, Ann Marie spent time interviewing top executives including CEOs and Sustainability Directors to gather data for analysis using the Global Reporting Initiative as part of the analysis framework.
She has presented at international conferences in Portugal, Australia and New Zealand. Her most recent publication in 2021 examined conceptions of sustainability in Malaysian companies and was published by Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal Vol. 34 No. 5, pp. 1220-1245. She has been a guest reviewer for the Journal of Environment and Development in 2020.
More recently, Ann Marie has facilitated workshops on Governance to Board members/national directors of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and has been a panellist on the Future of Corporate Reporting for the Malaysian Institute of Accountant’s Financial Management Conference 2022: Education the key to Sustainable Development. Her current scope of work involves training and advisory to business and government leaders in sustainability reporting.
Ann Marie believes that the key to advancing sustainability outcomes is the capacity building of ESG literate business and government leaders through research, training and advisory support.
Masters Environmental and Business Management
PG Diploma Accounting
BSc (Hons) Accounting
Fellow Chartered Accountant, FCA (Ireland), Chartered Accountant, CA (Malaysia) HRDF Certified Trainer, Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy, Member of Malaysian Institute of Management, Member of Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research UK (CSEAR)