Hugh Lim appointed new BCA chief exec

Hugh Lim, deputy secretary (community, youth and sports) of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), will take over from John Keung at the helm of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

The BCA and the Ministry of National Development on Monday said that Dr Keung, chief executive officer of BCA, will relinquish his position on June 1, 2017. He will become the dean of BCA Academy.

Mr Lim will be appointed as BCA's CEO-designate on April 1, 2017, before taking on the appointment as the CEO on June 1, 2017.

In his ministry role, Mr Lim co-chaired the Vision 2030 Implementation Committee. Initiatives under the committee include the Sports Facilities Master Plan that will provide greater public access to sports facilities, as well as ActiveSG, a collaboration with schools and associations to create sports programmes for the public.

Mr Lim, 51, was also part of the 2015 steering committee for the South-east Asian (SEA) Games and the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) Para Games.

He had previously held positions in the Singapore Armed Forces and the Ministry of Law.

As Chief of Staff (General Staff), Mr Lim oversaw the setting up of the Army's Capability Development Hub. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Military) in 2004.

During his tenure at the law ministry, he helped develop Singapore as a global intellectual property (IP) hub.

Said the national development ministry: "Mr Lim's leadership will be vital in steering the construction industry towards greater innovation to uplift the industry's standards and productivity."

The ministry also thanked Dr Keung for his 11 years as CEO of the BCA.

Dr Keung was conferred the prestigious Chairman's Award by the World Green Building Council in 2015 - the first recipient from South-east Asia since the inception of the award in 2011.

He had implemented various Green Building Master Plans to accelerate the sustainability movement in Singapore, said the ministry.

The BCA had forecast in January that a surge in public sector construction in 2017 would raise the value of construction contracts to be awarded to between S$28 billion and S$35 billion.

This is higher than last year's construction demand of S$26.1 billion, according to preliminary estimates.

The BCA had also announced in February the formation of a new committee to review wages and training in the lift and elevator industry, in line with its estimation that around 1,000 additional technicians will be needed in the next three years.

chongkmc@sph.com.sg

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This article was first published on March 22, 2017.
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