Singapore Chinese Orchestra announces new Board members

Singapore, 12 October 2016 (Wednesday) – The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) has appointed 14 members as Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO)’s Board of Directors for a two-year term with effect from 15 September 2016 to 14 September 2018. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the patron of SCO.

The current Chairman of the SCO Board of Directors, Mr Patrick Lee Kwok Kie, who started serving the orchestra in May 2012, has been reappointed for another two-year term with effect from 15 September 2016.

The four new appointments of the Board of Directors are Mr Chen Hwai Liang, Chinese Editor-in-Chief and Chief PSB Officer of MediaCorp; Ms Michelle Cheo Hui Ning, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Mewah International Inc; Ms Susan Leong, Senior Director of Yeo-Leong & Peh LLC and Mr Anthony Tan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Press Holdings Chinese Media Group and Media Strategy and Analytics Divisions. All Board of Directors will also serve in the eight sub-committees under the purview of SCO Board to bring the orchestra in realizing its vision as a world-renowned Chinese orchestra with a uniquely Singaporean character.

SCO thanks the retiring board members Mr Patrick Goh, Mr Lim Jim Koon, Ms Lim Sau Hoong and Ms Tan Choo Leng for their past contributions and efforts who, together, pushed for the development of SCO today. Without their vision, SCO would not be able to play an active role in enriching the dynamic and creative arts scene in Singapore and beyond.

Since its inception 20 years ago as the national orchestra, SCO has been making continuous efforts to promote a greater appreciation of Chinese orchestral music through its pursuit of excellence and its creative approach to performances. Besides the Chinese music that traditionalists enjoy and mainstream favourites that music novices appreciate, SCO has also extended its repertoire to include music that transcends ethnic boundaries. With bold programming and distinctive style of music, this has enabled SCO to distinguish itself as a representative arts organization in the industry, to achieve our vision to be a world-renowned Chinese orchestra with a uniquely Singaporean character and our mission to inspire Singapore and the world with our music.

SCO Board of Directors 2016-2018:
Patron: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Honorary Chairmen: Mr Chew Keng Juea and Mr Robin Hu Yee Cheng
Chairman: Mr Patrick Lee Kwok Kie

Mr Chen Hwai Liang (new member)
Ms Michelle Cheo Hui Ning (new member)
Mr Choo Thiam Siew
Associate Professor Ho Chee Kong
Mr Lau Kam Yuen
Mr Victor Lye
Mr Ng Siew Quan
Ms Susan Leong (new member)
Mr Seng Han Thong
Mr Anthony Tan (new member)
Mr Paul Tan
Mr Till Vestring
Mr Wu Hsioh Kwang

Introduction of the new Board Members:

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Mr Chen Hwai Liang oversees MediaCorp’s Chinese TV news and current affairs operations, as well as the news department of the Chinese radio stations. He is also the Chief PSB Officer in MediaCorp. He was previously the press secretary to the Prime Minister, and Director of Media Relations Department at the former Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. Prior to that, he was a journalist with Lianhe Zaobao.

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Ms Michelle Cheo is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Mewah International Inc. Ms Cheo joined the Group in 2003 and has been the leading force to get the Group listed on Singapore Exchange and expand the Group into specialty fats, dairy and biodiesel business. Prior to joining the Group, she worked with Exxon Mobil from 1997 to 2003 in Louisiana, USA and Singapore in the Oxo-Alcohol plant as technical support. Ms Cheo graduated in 1997 and holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Imperial College, University of London. She obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from INSEAD in 2004. She is on the committee of Career Women’s Group of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

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Ms Susan Leong is the Senior Director of Yeo-Leong & Peh LLC since April 2002. Ms Leong graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1986 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 1987. She is also on the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales, a member of the Singapore of Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Ms Leong is a board member of Food from the Heart, a non-profit organisation that reaches out to less-fortunate Singaporeans through a food distribution programme. She is also a member of the Singapore Chinese Women’s Association, the oldest Singapore women’s voluntary organisation. Ms Leong co-heads the Asset Recovery & Insolvency Practice Group and heads the Private Clients Practice Group at Yeo-Leong & Peh LLC. Ms Leong was offered a place to study at the prestigious Royal College of Music, London which she had to give up for academia. She is a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music and a Fellow of the Trinity College of Music (London) in Piano Performing. Ms Leong has won many piano competitions in Singapore including the First Prize (Open Section, Pianoforte division) in the First National Music Competition in 1980 and was the winner of the Philips Award (First Prize, Open Section) at the Singapore Musical Society’s Annual Piano Competition.

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Mr Anthony Tan is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Press Holdings. Mr Tan continues to helm the Chinese Media Group (CMG) and Head of the Media Strategy and Analytics (MSA) division. Prior to this role, Mr Tan was the deputy secretary (policy) for the Ministry of Health.


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