Philip Jeyaretnam to take over as Sota chairman

Lawyer and writer Philip Jeyaretnam will take over as chairman of the board for School of the Arts (Sota) in January. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Lawyer and writer Philip Jeyaretnam will take over as chairman of the board for School of the Arts (Sota) in January. -- ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - Lawyer and writer Philip Jeyaretnam will take over as chairman of the board for School of the Arts (Sota) on Jan 31.

He replaces Mr Lee Tzu Yang, who is replacing Theresa Foo as chairman of the Esplanade.

The appointments were announced on Friday by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) in a statement.

"Philip's vast experience in various leading cultural initiatives will put him in a good position to lead the board in charting Sota's next stage of development. I look forward to the Esplanade's and Sota's continued contributions towards making Singapore a leading city for the arts," said Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister of Culture, Community and Youth.

Mr Jeyaretnam, 50, who co-chairs the SG50 committee driving the culture and community events, is managing partner of law firm Rodyk & Davidson LLP. He is also a senior counsel and critically acclaimed writer.

He was a member of the National Arts Council from 2000 to 2008 and has chaired the steering committee for the Singapore Writers' Festival since 2007.

Mr Lee, 59, former chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore and an Esplanade board member since 2003, will head the arts centre's board from Jan 1.

He was the founder chairman of Sota in 2005 and also led the Arts and Culture Strategic Review in 2012, a high-level committee charting Singapore's cutural policy.