Environment council appoints new exec director

Environment council appoints new exec director
Mr Jose Raymond, chief executive of the Singapore Environment Council, has resigned to join the private sector. Mr Raymond, who took over the reins of the council in September 2011, tendered his resignation on 2 January 2015.

The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) has appointed its former director of communications, Mr Edwin Seah, as its new executive director.

Mr Seah had worked in event marketing at the Singapore Tourism Board and corporate communications at the Energy Market Authority before joining the SEC in October last year as its communications director.

He took over as the council's interim executive director in February this year after former chief Jose Raymond stepped down in January to become the Singapore Sports Hub's senior director of corporate communications and stakeholder management.

Mr Seah said in a statement yesterday: "I am deeply honoured that the board has placed its trust in me. I'm confident that with its support and that of a very committed and enthusiastic team, we can carry on the good work... to honour the vision laid out by Singapore's original environmental champion, the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew."

SEC chairman Isabella Loh said a number of qualified candidates had expressed interest in the position, but Mr Seah was chosen for "his proven leadership, operational expertise and ability to galvanise the organisation" during the months he served as interim executive director.

The SEC yesterday also said it had promoted its director of training and education, Mr Gerard Christopher, to the new role of assistant executive director.

Mr Christopher joined the SEC in February after spending 18 years in sports and education. He will retain his training and education portfolio while assisting Mr Seah in overseeing the SEC's outreach programmes, awards and certifications

This article was first published on April 24, 2015.
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