Ex-lawyer to be new president of NCSS

Ms Anita Fam, currently the elected vice-president of NCSS, is active in the areas of disability, palliative care, family, healthcare and mental health.
Ms Anita Fam, currently the elected vice-president of NCSS, is active in the areas of disability, palliative care, family, healthcare and mental health.ST FILE PHOTO

Volunteer Anita Fam takes over National Council of Social Service on Aug 1

Full-time volunteer and former lawyer Anita Fam has been appointed the new president of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) board, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said in a statement yesterday.

Ms Fam, currently the elected vice-president of the board, will take over from current president, Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, when he completes his term on July 31.

Two other appointments have also been made.

Ms Chan Chia Lin, director of private investment firm Holywell, will take over as vice-president, while Mr Phillip Tan, chief financial officer of Citystate Capital Asia, will reprise his role as chairman of Community Chest.

The appointments were made by Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee, and will be effective for a two-year term starting on Aug 1.

MSF said Ms Fam, Ms Chan and Mr Tan are all key members of the current NCSS board and have extensive experience in the social service sector.

Ms Fam, for example, is active in the areas of disability, palliative care, family, healthcare and mental health. She also serves on the boards of various organisations and committees, including as chairman of Assisi Hospice.

Ms Chan, who joined NCSS as a board member in 2012, has advised the board on financial and professional matters. Mr Tan, who completes his term as appointed vice-president of NCSS on July 31, has led efforts to encourage giving through the Care & Share Movement and Share as One initiative, said MSF.

In the MSF statement, Minister Lee expressed his appreciation for Mr Hsieh's dedication and contributions to the NCSS over the six years of his tenure.

"He has laid a strong foundation for the new board to build on, to aid NCSS and the sector in meeting increasingly complex social needs," he added.

He also thanked Ms Fam, Ms Chan and Mr Tan for taking up their new roles.

"Their passion to help the less advantaged, their experience in the social service sector, and their individual professional expertise put them in good stead to lead NCSS and its member voluntary welfare organisations," he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline 'Ex-lawyer to be new president of NCSS'. Print Edition | Subscribe