(elected during AGM held on 4 September 2021)
(* denotes hearing)
Mr Steven Lee Chee Phat, PBM *
Mr Steven Chua Cheng Lye
Ms Tang Siew Ngoh *
Ms Margarita Hale*
Mr Martin Marini*
Eric Tseng is the current President of the Singapore Association for the Deaf and previously served as the Vice President of its Community Services committee. He was a former board member of the Singapore Disability Sports Association and the Children’s Charities Association. He was also the Chef-de-Mission for Team Singapore in the 2020 ASEAN Para Games. Mr Tseng served on the steering committee for the Enabling Masterplan 3, a five-year roadmap by MSF to build towards a more inclusive and accessible society. He also contributed to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) parallel report organised by the Disabled People’s Association and was on the 2019 Purple Parade planning committee. Professionally, Eric Tseng has worked in the technology industry for over 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada, and is a Masters of Public Health candidate at Johns Hopkins University.
Vice President, Chairman – Deaf Access Committee
Tay Lay Hong has been Vice President of the Deaf Access Committee for the past four terms. She had also served on the Community Service Committee and School Management Committee-Mountbatten Vocational School previously. She was Chairman of the Social Group of the Deaf (SGD) from 2015 to 2017, and is currently handling publicity matters in SGD as a member. In addition, Lay Hong was Chairman of the International Day of the Deaf committee from 2003 to 2011, including the 60th, 65th and 66th anniversary celebrations. She was also the former Chairman of the Award Vetting Panel. Her other contributions included being a former board member as well as Deputy Chairman of the Children’s Charities Association of Singapore. She is currently a member of and an Inclusion Ambassador with the Disabled People’s Association. Presently, she works as a freelance graphic designer.
Vice President, Chairman – MVS School Management Committee
Gregory Wee has been in the SADeaf for the past six terms. He is currently the Vice-President and chairs the School Management Committee of Mountbatten Vocational School. Gregory has been in the sales line in the safety supply industry for over 20 years. He has a BSc from Aston University, UK.
Vice President, Chairman – Community Services Committee
Amy Ho used to be in the pet care service industry and is now a homemaker. She has GCE ‘N’ level qualifications. Amy is currently the Vice President of SADeaf’s Community Service Committee, as well as chairperson of the association’s Social Group of the Deaf, after serving as its committe member and vice chairperson since 2015.
Vice President, Chairman – Deaf Education
Wong Ee Kean is the CEO of GSUM-Titanland Capital, a corporate finance advisory firm licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore dedicated to helping companies raise funds globally through capital market solutions, including REITs/Business Trusts listings, IPOs, Pre-IPO investments, M&As and secondary fund raisings. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the investment and corporate finance industry in Asia Pacific with a focus on REITs, business trusts, real estate and capital markets. Prior to joining GSUM-Titanland, Ee Kean was a partner with one of the largest law firms in Singapore where she practiced law for over 10 years, representing listed companies and institutional clients on a broad range of corporate transactions including many IPOs, follow-on offerings, block trades and private placements. Ee Kean holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Master of Science in Real Estate from the National University of Singapore. She also currently serves on the board of the Children’s Charities Association of Singapore.
Terry Siow is the current Honorary Secretary of SADeaf. He was co-opted as an Exco member in January 2021 before being elected as Honorary Secretary for the 2021-2023 term. Terry is currently the Chief Transformation Officer in NTUC, and was the Assistant Chief Executive of IMDA before that. He has a Masters degree from Sloan School of Management, MIT.
Eric Tan joined SADeaf as Honorary Treasurer on 4 September 2021. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) degree from NTU. Eric Tan is currently a Public Accountant and also an Adjunct Associate Professor with Nanyang Business School, NTU, with interests in Audit and Assurance, Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Governance. Eric is also a frequent speaker with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) on the auditing of new and complex financial reporting standards, and on ethics and anti-money laundering, among other topics. Prior to that, Eric Tan accumulated more than 10 years of working experience in the public accounting industry with a major public accounting firm. He has much expertise in the areas of financial accounting advisory, capital restructuring as well as the audit of multinationals, local public listed and private companies in various industries.
Honorary Assistant Secretary
Jeremy Chan started volunteering with SADeaf in 2016 as the treasurer of Mountbatten Vocational School, SADeaf’s affiliated school. He was subsequently SADeaf’s Honorary Treasurer for two consecutive terms from 2017 to 2021. During this period, Jeremy also chaired the Admin & Finance Committee, and was acting chairman of the Fund Development Committee. Currently, Jeremy is SADeaf’s Assistant Honorary Secretary and one of two SADeaf representatives to the board of the Children’s Charities Association of Singapore (CCA). Jeremy was the immediate past president of CCA in 2020/2021. Jeremy is a public accountant and an assurance partner with one of the international network professional accounting firms in Singapore. He has accumulated more than 20 years of assurance experience in Singapore and China. Jeremy’s industry experiences range from the audits of financial institutions, public-listed companies, multinationals, and emerging businesses to not-for-profit organisations (NPOs). He had also been involved in several initial public offerings and due diligence assignments.
Honorary Assistant Treasurer
Johnson Chia first joined the Exco as a co-opted member in February 2021 before being elected for the current term. He holds a Diploma in Accountancy and Finance, and is now pursuing Professional Qualification and Degree for Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Johnson is an accounts manager in a group company and oversees the whole spectrum of the Accounts/Finance department. He has accumulated more than 8 years of experience in the accounting industry. Johnson was previously treasurer of Deaf Sports Association (Singapore) for from 2017 to 2019, and had also volunteered with other deaf-related organisations such as RSPHI under NTU Welfare Services Club, Touch Silent Club, and ExtraOrdinary Horizons.
Eunice Huang was first co-opted to the SADeaf Exco in December 2020 and was elected for the current term. She works on public policy issues in the tech industry and was previously with the Singapore Public Service. Eunice holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science from Oxford University.
Chew Mun Kai has served in the SADeaf Exco since 2003 in various capacities. He is currently a member in the Community Service Committee, School Management Committee-Mountbatten Vocational School, and Audit Committee. He is also a former board member of the Disabled People’s Association. Mun Kai has been running a business in children’s kiddie rides and game machines for almost 30 years, which employs more than a dozen Deaf and hard-of-hearing staff.
Valerie Tan is a Chartered Accountant with close to 30 years of grounded financial and governance experience in MNCs and non-profit organisations in both Singapore and the US. Her areas of expertise are in corporate financial planning and analysis, business assessment of corporate entities, financial management, corporate governance, risk evaluation management and business analytics. Valerie is passionate about three things in her professional life: Making sense of numbers, advocacy for good governance and acting on empathy. In view of her interests, she has been actively serving in the social service sector. Since 2003, Valerie has been leveraging on her expertise as a Chartered Accountant to drive best organisational practices as well as an advocate for a culture of good governance and transparency in the organisations that she has been serving. Valerie holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Manchester and is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Co-opted Council Member
(co-opted on 8 September 2022)
Jasmine Yan holds a Bachelor of Law from University of Bristol, UK. She has been admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore. Her area of practice includes civil and commercial disputes, criminal litigation, matrimonial matters, probate matters, and general solicitors’ work.
Sheena is a management consultant with close to 10 years of experience in strategy and operations projects spanning the public sector and financial services. She has significant expertise in business strategy and organisational transformation, and is passionate about tapping this knowledge to contribute to the betterment of SADeaf. Sheena holds a Master of Chemical Engineering degree from Imperial College London, as well as Associateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute.
SADeaf has a policy for board selection and recruitment, and training and evaluation of board effectiveness. SADeaf regularly conducts board evaluation. The last board evaluation was carried out in year 2022.
SADeaf has an Executive Council Succession Planning SOP in place. It also has terms of reference for the Executive Council and its committees. The Nomination Committee oversees its co-option and nomination of members for election.
The next strategic planning of SADeaf will be held in the year 2023.