Governance and Board of Trustees

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund is a Trust governed by a Board of Trustees, supported by a team of full-time staff headed by a General Manager.

* Board members do not hold staff appointments and are not remunerated for their board services.

* The Treasurer and Secretary are appointed for a maximum limit of 4 consecutive years.

* STSPMF has in place a conflict of interest policy that requires, inter alia, that [Trustees], and any staff, volunteer and major donor, declare any interest in contracts of STSPMF or organisations that STSPMF has dealings with, and to abstain from discussion, decision-making and voting on the matter. STSPMF has no related entity.

* STSPMF believes in upholding the highest level of integrity. The fund has a Code of Ethics for Board, staff and volunteers and a whistle-blowing policy.


The Trustees are:

Warren Fernandez

Chairman (since 19 October 2015) and Trustee (since 11 August 2015)

Warren is Editor-in-Chief, The Straits Times & English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, SPH. He joined the newspaper in 1990 as a political reporter and rose to become News Editor. He later also served as Foreign Editor and Deputy Editor. He left to join Royal Dutch Shell in 2008 as a Global Manager for its Future Energy project, before returning to The Straits Times in February 2012 as its Editor. He has served on various national committees, including the Cost Review Committee; the Remaking Singapore Committee; Singapore 21 and COMPASS, the National Education committee. Currently, he is a board member of the National Parks Board, National Heritage Board, SPH Overseas Ltd and Straits Times Press. He graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and also has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Both degrees were obtained on Singapore Press Holdings scholarships.

Arthur Lang

Treasurer (since 19 October 2015) and Trustee (since 16 October 2015)

Arthur Lang is the CEO International of Singapore Telecommunications Limited. He was formerly the Group CFO of CapitaLand Limited, one of Asia’s largest real estate companies.

Prior to joining CapitaLand, he was at Morgan Stanley having been the co-head of the Southeast Asia investment banking division and the Chief Operating Officer for the Asia Pacific investment banking division.

Arthur is also a board member of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, the National Kidney Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University.  

Arthur received the Best CFO of the Year Award for listed companies with market capitalisation of S$1 billion and above at the Singapore Corporate Awards 2015.  

Arthur has a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics (magna cum laude) from Harvard University.


Fiona Chan

Secretary (since 26 April 2016) and Trustee (since 22 March 2016)

Fiona Chan is head of media strategy and analytics at Singapore Press Holdings. She was most recently managing editor of The Straits Times, where she also previously held roles including deputy political editor and assistant business editor. A graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, she was formerly an investment banker at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Fiona is also a board member of Land Transport Authority and Sing Lit Station.



Gerard Ee

Treasurer (till 18 October 2015) and Trustee (since 20 October 2011)

Gerard is Chairman of Charity Council, Chairman of Changi General Hospital and President of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA). He is also a Board Member of the Singapore Accountancy Commission, under the ambit of the Ministry of Finance. On an international front, Gerard serves as a Council Member and Vice-Chair of the ASEAN Federation of Accountants (AFA). He is also the Chair of UNCTAD-ISAR, an United Nation’s organisation.

Gerard is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore with ISCA. Possessing a passion for both the community service and corporate sectors, he had served as the President of the National Council of Social Service, National Kidney Foundation and was a Board Member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority and Council Member of the Accounting Standards Council. He also held chairmanship of the Public Transport Council, Council for Third Age and the Singapore Institute of Management.


Sumiko Tan

Secretary (till 25 April 2016) and Trustee (since 27 April 2012)

Sumiko is Executive Editor of The Straits Times. She has been with the paper since 1985, cutting her teeth as a crime reporter. She then spent eight years on the Political Desk and was later Life! Editor, helping to launch the Life! Theatre Awards. She was also Sunday Times Editor and ST News Editor. She started a fortnightly personal column in The Sunday Times in July 1994. She has written several books including on the 1991 hijack of an SIA plane, and co-authored a book on the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.



Han Jok Kwang

Trustee (since 20 October 2011)

Jok Kwang is Chief Information Officer of Venture Corporation since 2006. He is responsible for the Group IT deployment including corporatewide Enterprise Resource Planning system, Manufacturing Execution Systems, IT infrastructure and software development. He started his career with Shell Petroleum.Then after, he joined Hewlett Packard and acquired experience across a wide spectrum of business disciplines including computer systems work, consultancy, marketing and sales over a 10-year period. He subsequently joined a local Information Technology company for 3 years supporting the CEO directly. Following this, he took a break from the Information Communications Technology industry for 7 years to be the General Manager of a precision measurement instruments company. Prior to his current appointment at Venture Corporation, he was the Director of Information Technology for the Raffles Medical Group.

Sia Cheong Yew

Trustee (since 20 October 2011)

Cheong Yew is a media consultant. He was a journalist with The Straits Times newspaper for more than 40 years before retiring as a senior editor in 2006 on the Money Desk. He chairs The Singapore Exchange's Investor Education Committee which helps to promote better understanding of the financial market for the investing public by funding seminars and other related projects. He was a councillor of the South West CDC for almost 10 years where he chaired its Publications and Publicity committee. He was also a member of the Dover Park Hospice’s fund-raising committee.



Tan Bee Heong

General Manager (since 19 June 2014)

Bee Heong started out her career as a human resource practitioner in the private sector before joining the National Council of Social Service as its Human Resource Director in 2002. She was appointed Director of the Social Service Training Institute in 2004 and was subsequently tasked to oversee Community Chest, Singapore as its General Manager in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, a Graduate Diploma in Training and Development and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Singapore Institute of Management.


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