New chief executive appointments at HDB, NEA

Mr Luke Goh, deputy secretary of trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, will succeed Mr Tan as NEA chief executive. NEA chief executive Tan Meng Dui will take over as chief executive of HDB from Feb 26 next year.
NEA chief executive Tan Meng Dui will take over as chief executive of HDB from Feb 26 next year.
Mr Luke Goh, deputy secretary of trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, will succeed Mr Tan as NEA chief executive. NEA chief executive Tan Meng Dui will take over as chief executive of HDB from Feb 26 next year.
Mr Luke Goh, deputy secretary of trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, will succeed Mr Tan as NEA chief executive.

The Housing Board has appointed Mr Tan Meng Dui as its new chief executive, as part of changes in the agency's senior leadership.

Starting Feb 26 next year, he will take over from Dr Cheong Koon Hean, 63, who has been HDB's chief executive since 2010, the Ministry of National Development and HDB said in a statement yesterday.

Mr Tan, 53, is currently the chief executive of the National Environment Agency (NEA), an appointment he has held since October 2018.

From Jan 1 to Feb 25 next year, Mr Fong Chun Wah, HDB's current deputy chief executive of buildings, will be appointed acting chief executive.

Mr Luke Goh, 45, who is currently the deputy secretary of trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, will succeed Mr Tan as NEA's chief executive.

Dr Cheong, who will relinquish her role as HDB's chief executive on Jan 1, oversaw the formulation and review of housing policies and building programmes throughout her decade-long service. These include the Build-To-Order, Enhancement for Active Seniors, Home Improvement Programme and Lift Upgrading Programme.

Trained as an architect-planner, she spearheaded several HDB initiatives, including the expansion of housing options for low-income households and the enhancement of housing grants to benefit more first-time home buyers.

Dr Cheong also introduced the smart HDB town framework, which guides the application of smart technologies to make HDB towns and estates more liveable, and the biophilic town framework, which incorporates aspects of the natural environment into all public housing developments.

She will be succeeded by Mr Tan, who led the SG Clean campaign in February, at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, to galvanise collective action from individuals and businesses in order to keep public premises clean and thus reduce the risk of community transmission.

He also oversaw the rapid development of wastewater-based surveillance capability to assess Covid-19 transmission in foreign worker dormitories, and the formulation of a national strategy for wastewater testing for the purpose of disease surveillance within the community.

During his two years at NEA, he oversaw the development of improved infrastructure to enhance recycling, such as dual chutes for non-landed housing developments and new recycling labels under the National Recycling Programme, reviewed and enhanced the Social Enterprise Hawker Centre model, and implemented Singapore's first no-smoking zone in Orchard Road, among other things.

Under Mr Tan's leadership, NEA led the Government's response to the haze situation last year and managed the record dengue outbreak this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 01, 2020, with the headline 'New chief executive appointments at HDB, NEA'. Print Edition | Subscribe