Board of Directors
Board of Directors of the Manager
The Board of Directors of the Manager is committed to ensuring that the highest standards of corporate governance are practiced throughout the Manager and the Trust, as a fundamental part of its responsibility to protect and enhance Unitholders' value and the financial performance of the Trust.
The Manager has general powers of management of the assets of the Trust. The Manager's main responsibility is to manage the Trust's assets and liabilities for the benefit of Unitholders and it will ensure that the business of the Trust is carried on and conducted in a proper and efficient manner, and will conduct all transactions with or for the Trust at arm's length.
The Board is responsible for the overall corporate governance of the Manager including establishing goals for the management of the Trust and monitoring of the achievement of these goals. The Board is also responsible for the strategic business direction and risk management of the Trust.
George Wang Chairman, Non-Executive Non-Independent Director and Member of the Nominating and Remuneration CommitteeView Profile
Mr Wang was first appointed as Chairman on 7 August 2009. Mr Wang is the founding Executive Chairman of AIMS Financial Group and an active participant in Asia Pacific financial services industries. Established in 1991, AIMS Financial Group is a diversified financial services and investment group, active in the areas of mortgage lending, securitisation, investment banking, funds management, property investment, private equity, venture capital and high-tech investment and is the owner of the Sydney Stock Exchange.
Mr Wang is a Director of the Sydney Stock Exchange, and the Executive Chairman of AIMS Fund Management Limited, the responsible entity for AIMS Property Securities Fund, a diversified real estate securities fund, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and the Singapore Stock Exchange. Mr Wang is the President of the AustChina Finance & Investment Council. As the President of AustChina Finance & Investment Council, Mr Wang has been laying the foundations for the financial bridge between Australia and Asia for many years, closely following the development of the Asia Pacific financial sector, at the same time building a professional team. Mr Wang is also a patron of the Taronga Foundation which is affiliated with the Taronga Zoo based in Sydney, Australia which operates wildlife conservation programs.
Ko Kheng Hwa Non-Executive Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Nominating and Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance CommitteeView Profile
Mr Ko Kheng Hwa was appointed as a Director on 21 January 2019 and Chairman of the Nominating and Remuneration Committee on 20 February 2019. He was also designated as the Non-Executive Lead Independent Director on 29 March 2019.
He is currently Chairman of Envision Digital International Pte Ltd and Senior Advisor to Envision Digital Group. Headquartered in Singapore, the group provides Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) digital platform and solutions for smart energy and smart city globally. He is an Independent Director of public listed Ho Bee Land Limited. He also serves as Senior or Expert Advisor to several companies.
Public sector leadership positions previously held by Mr Ko included Managing Director of Economic Development Board, CEO of JTC Corporation and CEO of National Computer Board. Business sector leadership appointments held included CEO of Singbridge International Singapore Pte Ltd (a Temasek-linked company), CEO of Sustainable Development & Living Business Division of Keppel Corporation Ltd, Director of China-incorporated joint venture companies which master-developed the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City and Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, and Chairman of former NASDAQ-listed Pacific Internet Ltd.
Mr Ko’s academic background includes Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School; Masters in Management, MIT; and BA (Honours) in Civil Engineering, Cambridge University. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore and a Fellow of the Singapore Computer Society. A President Scholar, he was also conferred the Public Administration Gold Medal by the Singapore Government.
Peter Michael HengNon-Executive Independent Director, Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and Member of the Nominating and Remuneration CommitteeView Profile
Mr Heng was appointed as a Director on 31 March 2017.
Mr Heng has over 31 years of investment management experience. Before this appointment, Mr Heng held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at NTUC Income Co-operative from 2009 until his retirement in 2015. Prior to that, Mr Heng served as the Chief Investment Officer of Manulife Asset Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. and Straits Lion Asset Management Ltd..
Mr Heng holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Steven Chong Teck SinNon-Executive Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance CommitteeView Profile
Mr Chong was appointed as a Director on 1 October 2018 and the Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee on 29 March 2019.
Mr Chong has 32 years of experience in technology, business, finance and general management. From 1986 to 2004, Mr Chong served in various directorial and management positions with Seksun Corporation Ltd (subsequently known as Enporis Greenz Limited), Glaxo Wellcome Asia Pacific, China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Development Co., Ltd, Standard Chartered Bank and the Economic Development Board. He has also served as a board member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (“ACRA”) from 2004-2010 and the National Kidney Foundation from 2008-2010, and as ACRA’s Investment Committee Chairman.
Mr Chong has over 19 years of experience as an independent director and currently serves as independent director and Audit Committee Chairman for Civmec Limited and InnoTek Ltd. He is also an independent director of Changan Minsheng APLL Logistics Co., Ltd, a leading automobile logistics firm in China which is listed on the mainboard of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He has also served as independent director of various companies listed on the Singapore and Australia stock exchanges.
Mr Chong holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and a Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.
Vivienne Zhaohui YuNon-Executive Independent Director, Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and Member of the Nominating and Remuneration CommitteeView Profile
Ms Yu was appointed as a Director on 1 February 2023.
Ms Yu has more than 20 years of leadership and managerial experience within the banking and financial sector in Australia and Asia, spanning investment management, treasury management, mergers and acquisition and real estate finance.
Ms Yu was China CEO and Executive General Manager of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). Prior to that, Ms Yu was seconded from CBA to Bank of Hangzhou as the Deputy CEO responsible for both retail and business banking. Ms Yu is currently a Non-Executive Director in various organisations in Australia, including the Australia China Business Council NSW, National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) and Bridge Housing Limited.
Ms Yu holds a Master of Business Administration from Australian Graduate School of Management, a Master of Real Estate from University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Economics from Renmin University of China. She is a fellow member of CPA Australia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chia Nam ToonNon-Executive Independent Director, Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and Member of the Nominating and Remuneration CommitteeView Profile
Mr Chia was appointed as a Director on 8 February 2023.
Mr Chia has more than 30 years of commercial and financial experience with approximately 15 years in senior management roles within the real estate industry. He was the CEO of the Manager of Ascendas REIT, one of the largest Singapore listed REITs, and held several senior roles within the Group, including Group CFO and Group Assistant CEO. He was also most recently the Assistant Group CEO of ARA Asset Management Ltd where he was responsible for the business and operations of ARA’s REIT Division.
Mr Chia is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.