Veteran civil servant is new NAC chief

Mrs Rosa Huey Daniel oversees policy formulation and implementation in the arts and cultural sector in her current role in MCCY.
Mrs Rosa Huey Daniel oversees policy formulation and implementation in the arts and cultural sector in her current role in MCCY.

Mrs Rosa Huey Daniel will be the new chief executive officer of the National Arts Council (NAC), the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) announced yesterday.

The 53-year-old will take on the role from March 1.

NAC deputy CEO Paul Tan is currently the covering CEO, after Ms Kathy Lai completed her tenure at the council on Oct 31 last year.

Mrs Daniel has been in public service for more than 30 years and has been posted to various ministries. As the current deputy secretary (culture) in MCCY, she oversees policy formulation and implementation in the arts and cultural sector.

She was involved in major developments in the sector, including the opening of the National Gallery Singapore, the setting up of Arts House Limited to run the Singapore International Festival of Arts, and the launch of the Cultural Matching Fund, which encourages private cash donations to arts and heritage charities and Institutions of a Public Character by matching them dollar for dollar.

The release by MCCY noted that Mrs Daniel "has a strong interest in arts and heritage, and a strong ability to connect with diverse stakeholders" .

It also stated that her concurrent appointment in MCCY would "provide greater synergy between the ministry's role in shaping the wider cultural and heritage landscape, and NAC's role in taking the Singapore arts scene forward".

Mrs Daniel will continue as CEO of the National Heritage Board and will oversee the completion of its key projects until a new chief executive is appointed.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2017, with the headline 'Veteran civil servant is new NAC chief'. Print Edition | Subscribe