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 Fernandez is Editor-In-Chief of The Straits Times and the English/Malay/Tamil Media Group of the Singapore Press Holding. The Straits Times is Singapore's largest selling English daily newspaper. He joined the paper 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 paper in February 2012 as its editor.

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.

Currently he is a board member of the National Parks Board (NParks), National Heritage Board (NHB), SPH (Overseas) Ltd, Straits Times Press Pte Ltd, The Straits Times Press (1975) Ltd, The World Newspaper Association (WAN), Asia News Network (ANN) and Chairman of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

 

Arthur Lang

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

Mr Arthur Lang, 46, joined Singtel on 9 January 2017, as Chief Executive Officer, International (Designate) and became Chief Executive Officer, International on 1 April 2017.  His main responsibilities are to oversee the growth of the Group’s regional associates across India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, strengthen its relationship with overseas partners, and drive regional initiatives for scale and synergies.

Prior to joining Singtel, Arthur was Group Chief Financial Officer of CapitaLand Limited, where he directly oversaw the functions of treasury, financial reporting and controls, risk management, strategic projects, tax, investor relations and private equity fund management.  As Group CFO of CapitaLand, Arthur received the Best CFO of the Year Award for listed companies with market capitalization of S$1 billion and above at the Singapore Corporate Awards 2015.

Prior to CapitaLand, Arthur was at Morgan Stanley where he was co-head of the Southeast Asia investment banking division and prior to that, Chief Operating Officer for the Asia Pacific investment banking division.

Arthur is a board member of Globe Telecom, Bharti Infratel Limited, Netlink Trust, the Land Transport Authority of Singapore and the National Kidney Foundation.

Arthur holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts 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, Sing Lit Station and Singapore Media Exchange. 

  

 

 

Gerard Ee

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

Gerard is Chairman of Charity Council, Deputy Chairman of SingHealth and President of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA). He is also the Deputy Chairman of Agency for Integrated Care.

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 and Managing Editor of the English/Malay/Tamil Media Group. 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 and co-authored a book on the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. In 2017, she came out with a book compiling her columns. 
 

 

 

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)

Prior to joining The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, Bee Heong was the General Manager of Community Chest, Singapore. She started out her career as a human resource practitioner in the private sector and subsequently joined the National Council of Social Service as its Director of Human Resource and the Social Service Training Institute. Bee Heong has more than 15 years of experience in the social service sector. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree 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.

CONTACT US

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