Ex-NMP Mildred Tan made chairman of National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre

The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) will have a new chairman from April and is looking for a new chief executive to replace Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Laurence Lien.  

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Here is the full press release from the Ministry of Culture, Community and the Youth:

New Chairman for the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) has appointed Mrs Mildred Tan-Sim Beng Mei as Chairman of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) for a two-year term starting from 1 April 2014. Mrs Mildred Tan, Managing Director of Ernst & Young Advisory Pte Ltd and a Board member of NVPC, will succeed Mr Stanley Tan Poh Leng who will be stepping down from the Board.

Mr Stanley Tan Poh Leng

Mr Stanley Tan first joined as a Board member on 1 September 2005, when NVPC was still in its earlier form as a committee under the National Council of Social Service (NCSS). He was appointed Chairman on 1 November 2007 and continued to serve as Chairman when NVPC was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee on 1 September 2008. Under his leadership, NVPC cemented its standing as the national body promoting volunteerism and philanthropy in Singapore and successfully rolled out signature programmes such as Singapore Cares (SG Cares1) and Singapore Gives (SG Gives2). These programmes helped to generate more public awareness of giving, as evidenced in the volunteer participation rate of 32.3%, a record high, and a donor participation rate of 91% in 2012.

3 In his letter of appreciation to Mr Tan, Mr Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, said, "NVPC has benefited significantly from your guidance and personal involvement. You have helped to build up the organisation into an enabler and leader for the non-profit sector in Singapore. Your passion and dedicated service have put NVPC on a strong foundation to support the further growth of volunteerism and philanthropy across all sectors and at all levels of society".

Mrs Mildred Tan-Sim Beng Mei

Mrs Mildred Tan has an accomplished history of service in the public and people sectors. She is currently the Chairperson of the Diversity Task Force and the Businesses for Families Council. Mrs Tan is a council member of the Singapore Cancer Society and the YMCA of Singapore Advisory Council. She is also a board member of the Esplanade Co Ltd, Gardens by the Bay, Media Development Authority of Singapore and Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism (under the Ministry of Education). Mrs Tan was conferred Justice of the Peace in 2008 and was a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2009 to 2011.

Mrs Tan said, "The Board of NVPC is deeply grateful to Stanley for his invaluable leadership and selfless contribution to the organisation. We will continue to build on his good work and bring NVPC to greater heights. As Chairman of NVPC, I hope to work closely with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth so that collectively we can grow a stronger culture of contribution in Singapore."

Board Members and Other Organisational Changes

With the above changes, the NVPC Board now comprises the following representatives from the people, private and public sectors:

a. Mrs Mildred Tan, Managing Director, Ernst & Young Advisory Pte Ltd (Chairman)

b. Mr Eugene Seow, Executive Director, TOUCH Community Services (Vice-Chairman)

c. Ms Janet Ang, Managing Director, IBM Singapore Pte Ltd

d. Mr Philip Chan, Corporate Financial Advisor

e. Mr Philbert Chin, Founding Member, RSVP Singapore

f. Ms Theresa Goh, Managing Partner, Three Sixty Partnership

g. Mr Jonathan Kua, Director, Biomedical Research Council, A*STAR

h. Ms Trina Liang-Lin, President, Singapore Committee for UN Women

i. Mr Lim Soon Hock, Centre for Fathering and Halogen Foundation Singapore

j. Mr Tim Oei, Chief Executive Officer, Asian Women's Welfare Association

k. Mr Kelvin Wong, Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP

l. Mr Hugh Lim, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

m. Mr Sim Gim Guan, Chief Executive Officer, National Council of Social Service

The NVPC Board has informed MCCY that it has commenced the search for a new Chief Executive Officer to succeed Mr Laurence Lien, who had indicated his intention to step down since last year. Mr Lien, who has given almost six years of committed service as CEO, will continue to serve in his present capacity until his successor is appointed.