New Appointments to NParks Board
30 Jul 2010
Singapore, 30 July 2010 - The National Parks Board (NParks) welcomes five new members to its Board for a new two-year term, starting from 1 Aug 2010.
The new Board Members bring with them valuable expertise and experience from various fields, including environmental sustainability, planning and development, and community engagement. They will provide useful guidance and counsel towards NParks' efforts at transforming Singapore into a City in a Garden.
The five new Board Members appointed to the Board are Mrs Koh-Lim Wen Gin, Dr Malone-Lee Lai Choo, Mr Ngiam Shih Chun, Mr Seah Kian Peng, and Mr Poon Hong Yuen. Their details can be found in the Annex.
Re-appointment of Chairman and Board Members
The 11th NParks Board, which comprises ten Board Members, will continue to be helmed by incumbent Chairman, Mrs Christina Ong. Mrs Deborah Ong, an existing Board Member, has been appointed as the Deputy Chairman.
Three existing Board Members have also been re-appointed. They include Mr Philip Su, Mr Yatiman Yusof, and Ms Lim Sau Hoong. Details of the re-appointed Board Members can be found in the Annex as well.
Outgoing Board Members
MND and NParks wish to thank the following outgoing Board Members for their invaluable service and guidance during their term of appointment. They are:
- Mrs Theresa Foo, Chairman, The Esplanade Co. Ltd
- Ms Priscylla Shaw, Council Member, Shaw Foundation
- Mr Augustin Lee, Principal Private Secretary to Senior Minister Goh, Prime Minister's Office
- Mr Guy Harvey-Samuel, Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Singapore
- Mr Ng Lang, Chief Executive Officer, National Parks Board (to 31 July 2010)
11th NParks Board - Details of re-appointed Board Members
Mrs Christina Ong
Mrs Ong is Managing Director of Club 21 Pte Ltd, a lifestyle retailer with more than 200 stores worldwide. A leading fashion entrepreneur, Mrs Ong is a recipient of The Italian Fashion Hall of Fame Award 1995 and the Italian Award of Cavaliere De Lavo.Mrs Ong is also a noted luxury hotelier, managing a stable of niche properties under the COMO Hotels brand.
Mrs Deborah Ong
Mrs Ong is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore. Mrs Ong has more than twenty years of public accounting experience, providing audit and advisory services to a wide range of clients. Mrs Ong is also the Firm's Human Capital Leader and has facilitated various people initiatives, including community projects
Mr Philip Su
Mr Su is a member of the National Youth Achievement Award Council, the Singapore Environment Council, and the Employment and Employability Institute Pte Ltd. Mr Su has resigned from JTC Corporation as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer wef 31 July 2010.
Mr Yatiman Yusof
Mr Yatiman has held several key appointments at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. He served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Kampong Kembangan Constituency from 1984 to 1988, and as an MP for the Tampines Group Representation Constituency from 1988 to 2006. Mr Yatiman also held key positions in Berita Harian and Berita Minggu up to 1986. Mr Yatiman is presently Singapore's High Commissioner (Non-Resident) to Kenya and Rwanda.
Miss Lim Sau Hoong
Ms Lim is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Creative Director of 10AM Communications, an advertising agency she founded in 2000. She has sat on the jury for international advertising festivals including Cannes, Clio, ADC Awards, and Times Asia Pacific Advertising Awards. In Singapore, she was on the inaugural jury for the President Design Award. Ms Lim has been nominated as one of Singapore’s top three most influential persons in media, marketing and advertising.
Details of New Board Members
Mrs Koh-Lim Wen Gin
Mrs Koh-Lim Wen Gin was the Chief Planner and Deputy Chief Executive of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) between 2001 and 2008. She played a key role in the strategic planning and design of Singapore's city and urban landscape, as well as the conservation of Singapore's built heritage, through her career with URA which spanned more than 30 years. She was involved in various landmark developments that contributed to Singapore’s growth as a global city and was instrumental in spearheading Singapore's building conservation programme covering more than 6,800 heritage buildings. Mrs Koh-Lim also served on various government boards such as the Hotel Licensing Board, Land Transport Authority Board, Board of Architects, and Preservation of Monuments Board. In addition, shechaired many URA design advisory panels, committees and design competition juries. She continues to serve on the URA, Land Transport Authority, and Public Utilities Board Advisory Panels. She is also an Independant Director of Keppel Land Limited and a Senior Strategic Advisor to the KOP Group Pte Ltd.
Dr Malone-Lee Lai Choo
Dr Malone-Lee Lai Choo is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Real Estate, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore (NUS). Dr Malone-Lee held senior professional and management positions in government planning agencies prior to joining NUS. She has written, lectured and consulted extensively on urban and environmental planning subjects and researched on urban policies and strategies for cities, focusing on sustainability issues.
Mr Ngiam Shih Chun
Mr Ngiam Shih Chun is the Director of Community Relations and Engagement at the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS). He oversees the promotion of community bonding and racial and religious harmony, as well as the development of volunteerism and philanthropy. He is concurrently the Director of the Social Sector Planning Unit at MCYS, and oversees the planning of resources and implementation of programmes for the social service sector. Prior to his posting to MCYS, Mr Ngiam served in the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Education.
Mr Seah Kian Peng
A Member of Parliament for the Marine Parade GRC, Mr Seah Kian Peng is also the Chief Executive Officer (Singapore) of NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Limited. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and also a board member of the International Co-operative Alliance, co-chair of the Social Enterprise Association of Singapore, Vice-President of the Singapore Compact for Corporate Social Responsibility, and a board member of the Centre for Fathering. Mr Seah has worked in both the public and private sectors, and serves in various public and community organisations.
Mr Poon Hong Yuen
Board Member and Chief Executive Officer, National Parks Board
Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of NParks, Mr Poon Hong Yuen was the Director of Economic Programmes at the Ministry of Finance and oversaw budget policies for economic programmes such as research, infrastructure and industry development. He also oversaw the launch of the Job Credits Scheme, which helped companies cope with the recent economic downturn. He joined the Administrative Service in 2006 and has held various appointments in public agencies such as the Economic Development Board (EDB), the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). Mr Poon has also worked as a venture capitalist in the private sector, covering markets in Shanghai and Silicon Valley.