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New Chief Executive Director for the People's Association

05 Jun 2020


New Chief Executive Director for the People's Association

Mr Lim Hock Yu, currently Deputy Chief Executive of the People’s Association (PA), will be appointed its Chief Executive Director (CED) on 15 June 2020.  He takes over from Mr Desmond Tan Kok Ming, who will be leaving the Singapore Public Service on the same day.  

Mr Desmond Tan Kok Ming 陈国明
Mr Tan was appointed CED, PA on 16 January 2017. During his tenure, Mr Tan led a number of strategic shifts in planning and operational capabilities to realise PA’s Community 2020 workplan. Notably, PA strengthened its Grassroots Movement, introducing Residents’ Networks to encourage greater social mixing, and Youth Networks to enable youths to engage more partners to serve their local communities. Under his leadership, PA reached out to different segments of the community through new initiatives, such as PAssion WaVe, ImPAct@Hong Lim Green, Wisma Geylang Serai, and other national programmes such as Merdeka Generation Package, Embracing Parenthood Movement and NS50.  Mr Tan also fostered greater networking and collaboration between PA and community organisations, corporate partners and other government agencies to better serve the community. He accelerated the adoption of technology under PA’s Digitalisation Roadmap, by making self-help terminals and mobile applications available to better serve residents. More recently, Mr Tan led PA’s ground operations as part of the whole-of-government COVID-19 response. These efforts included mask and hand sanitizer distribution exercises and Temporary Relief Fund application at the CCs and RCs, as well as supporting residents under Quarantine Order and Stay-Home-Notice.

Mr Lim Hock Yu 林福有
Since joining the PA on 1 April 2016, Mr Lim has made significant contributions in strategic planning, operational capabilities development, as well as training and education of staff and grassroots leaders. He strengthened the operational effectiveness of PA HQ and its ground units by institutionalising stronger links and work processes between government, grassroots organisations and the people. He was also responsible for transforming the learning and instructional systems at the National Community Leadership Institute (NACLI), PA’s training arm. In addition, Mr Lim led a project team on stakeholder consultation to lay the foundational works for Community 2025 action plans. 

Mr Lim retired as a Brigadier General from the SAF before joining PA as its Deputy Chief Executive. In his distinguished military career, Mr Lim has held various key appointments, including Commander 9th Singapore Division/Chief Infantry Officer, Commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Chief of Staff (General Staff). He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) – Military for overcoming SARS in 2003 and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military) in 2009. 

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