Ex-NMP Mildred Tan made chairman of National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre

The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) will have a new chairman from April and is looking for a new chief executive to replace Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Laurence Lien.

Mrs Mildred Tan, managing director of Ernst & Young Advisory and a board member of NVPC, will take over from Mr Stanley Tan as NVPC's chairman.

Appointed for a two-year term, Mrs Tan also chairs the Diversity Task Force, which addresses gender diversity issues at the workplace and is a council member of the Singapore Cancer Society. She was also an NMP from 2009 to 2011.

Said Mrs Tan: "The Board of NVPC is deeply grateful to Stanley for his invaluable leadership and selfless contribution to the organisation. We will continue to build on his good work and bring NVPC to greater heights."

Her predecessor, Mr Tan, joined the board in 2005 and was appointed chairman in 2007. In a letter of appreciation to Mr Tan, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said, "Your passion and dedicated service have put NVPC on a strong foundation to support the further growth of volunteerism and philanthropy across all sectors and at all levels of society."

In a statement on Monday, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth also said the NVPC Board has begun the search for a new chief executive to succeed Mr Lien. Mr Lien, who has been NVPC's chief executive for almost six years, had indicated his intention to step down since last year.