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MSF Appoints New Board Members for the National Council of Social Service

Type: Press Releases

Topic(s): Other Updates

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) announced today key appointment holders to the Board of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), and the re-appointment of the Board President. In addition to the appointments made by Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Health, Mr Masagos Zulkifli, other Board members were elected at NCSS’ Annual General Meeting held on 13 July 2022 or appointed by the Board President, all of whom will serve a two-year term from 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2024.

New Key Appointment Holders and Re-appointment of President

2          Ms Anita Fam, has been re-appointed to the Board as President, NCSS. The following members have been appointed or elected to take up key appointments on the Board
Mr Eugene Seow, Vice-President, NCSS
Clinical Associate Prof Kevin Lim, Vice-President, NCSS
Mr Chew Sutat, Chairman, Community Chest

More information on the four key appointment holders can be found in Annex 2.

3          As members of the current NCSS Board and Community Chest Committee, Ms Fam, Mr Seow, A/P Kelvin Lim and Mr Chew have been actively working with the sector to drive efforts aligned with the Social Service Sector Strategic Thrusts (4ST). These efforts will continue with a refreshed 4ST that was unveiled at the recent Social Service Summit on 13 July.

4          Mr Masagos Zulkifli said, “I thank Ms Anita Fam for her continued service as well as Mr Eugene Seow, A/P Kevin Lim and Mr Chew Sutat for taking up their respective appointments. Their passion to help those in need, their experience in the social service sector and their professional expertise put them in good stead to lead NCSS to support and develop the social service sector.”

Out-going members

5          Mr Seow and Mr Chew take over from Ms Chan Chia Lin and Mr Phillip Tan respectively. Ms Chan has served 10 years on the NCSS Board, including a four-year term as Vice-President from 2018 to 2022; while Mr Tan has served 30 years on the NCSS Board, including a nine-year term as the Chairman of Community Chest from 2013 to 2022. More details on their contributions can be found in Annex 1.

6          Acknowledging outgoing Board members' contributions to the social service sector during their terms, Minister Masagos Zulkifli said “I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Ms Chan Chia Lin and Mr Phillip Tan, for their dedication and contributions to NCSS and the social service sector over the years. They have built a strong foundation which will enable NCSS and the sector to meet increasingly complex social needs in a post-pandemic world. A big thank you to all other outgoing Board members for joining us on our journey to uplift those in need, and to nurture and build lives together.”

7          The remaining NCSS Board members were also appointed by the Board President, or elected at the NCSS’ Annual General Meeting on 13 July 2022 for a two-year term from 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2024. More information on the new Board Members can be found in Annex 2.


Annex 1 Contributions of out-going members

Annex 2 NCSS Board Members (from 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2024) [679kb]

Annex 1

Ms Chan Chia Lin

Ms Chan Chia Lin, who joined the NCSS Board in 2012, will be stepping down from her fifth term. As the Chairman of NCSS Investment Committee since 2013, Ms Chan drew on her wealth of investment experiences to recommend appropriate investment policies and strategies to the NCSS Board.

With her expertise and dedication to serve the sector, Ms Chan was also appointed as the Vice-President of NCSS since 2018, where she has been contributing actively to strategic and organisational matters such as workplans, budgets as well as policy matters relating to members. She also provided valuable inputs to the implementation of 4ST. Ms Chan was awarded the “Friends of MSF” award in 2016 and subsequently the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2021.

Mr Phillip Tan

Mr Phillip Tan, who has served as Community Chest Chairman since joining the NCSS Board in 2013, will also be stepping down from his fourth term. Mr Tan has led Community Chest to drive donations and volunteering in the social service sector and has been pivotal in strengthening partnerships across the people-public-private sectors to cultivate holistic philanthropic giving in Singapore.

Under his leadership, the Care & Share Movement under SG50 raised a historic record of $1.3 billion in donations and government matching grant, which benefitted over 240 charities. During the pandemic, he spearheaded the establishment of the Community Chest Emergency Fund and mobilised resources for COVID-19 related funds. Community Chest raised more than $87 million, of which $32 million was quickly channelled towards COVID-19 related efforts. In 2022, Mr Tan was recognised with the Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award at the MSF Volunteer & Partner Awards, presented to individuals or organisations who have consistently partnered with MSF over 30 or more years to better the lives of others.