Dr Tan Wee Kiat Retires as Chief Executive Officer, National Parks Board
27 Jan 2006
Dr Tan Wee Kiat, CEO of NParks is retiring on 15 February 2006. He will be succeeded by Mr Ng Lang.
Dr Tan joined the Civil Service in 1983. He was Executive Director of the former National Parks Board in 1990 and was appointed CEO of the reconstituted National Parks Board in July 1996. Under his helm, Dr Tan charted new directions for NParks by initiating several key projects such as the Streetscape Greenery Masterplan and Skyrise Greenery. To ensure that we can sustain our Garden City, Dr Tan embarked on the upgrading of the local horticultural and landscape industry through worker skills training and development, job redesign and mechanisation.
Dr Tan takes a passionate interest in the conservation of nature and biodiversity and through his tireless advocacy efforts, was able to raise the level of awareness amongst Singaporeans towards environmental issues. Under his stewardship, accessibility to nature areas like the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Pulau Ubin was improved, and amenities like the MacRitchie Boardwalk and TreeTop Walk were put in place to enable the public to better appreciate our natural heritage.
A founding member of the Singapore Environment Council, Dr Tan sits on the Board of the National Environment Agency and is also a member of the Changi Airport Landscaping Advisory Committee.
For his distinguished service, Dr Tan has been awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold). A recognised authority on Orchidaceae, Dr Tan is also a recipient of the American Orchid Society?s Gold Medal of Achievement Award, Orchid Society of South East Asia?s Fellowship of OSSEA Award and the Royal Horticulture Society?s Gold Memorial Medal (UK).
MND and NParks would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Dr Tan for leading NParks and transforming NParks from a government department concerned primarily with green infrastructure provision to a progressive statutory board whose core mission is to meet the lifestyle and green recreation needs of Singaporeans.
Prof Leo Tan, Chairman, NParks said, ?The Board and Management of NParks would like to express our deep appreciation for Dr Tan?s immense contribution and total dedication to sustaining our Garden City and bringing it to the next level. With his characteristic wit and candour, Dr Tan has been unstinting in his advice and support and in inspiring us to fulfil our vision of a City in a Garden. Over the last 20 years, NParks has benefited from his expertise, network and experience which have been invaluable in providing insights and fresh perspectives in our efforts to provide an unparalleled green environment for Singapore residents to live, work and play in?.
To tap on his years of valuable experience, the Government has requested Dr Tan to remain as Advisor to NParks as well as to lend his solid professional skills in leading a multidisciplinary team to spearhead the Gardens by the Bay project at the Marina Bay. Dr Tan has kindly acceded to the request and will be taking on two new portfolios, as Advisor to NParks & Project Director, Gardens by the Bay.
Mr Ng Lang, who will be taking over as the new CEO was a former PSC scholar under Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He subsequently joined NTUC INCOME, where he was Head of Department overseeing several non-insurance business units. Prior to joining NParks, he was the Chief Human Resource Officer at the National Healthcare Group.
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