23 January 2003
Appointment of expert members to committees
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today (Thursday) announced the appointment of seven expert members to the committees of the Managing Board.
The appointments have been made in line with the recommendations in the Ernst and Young investigation report to strengthen the Managing Board’s role in monitoring the work of KCRC.
To strengthen the monitoring of projects, the following three expert members have been appointed to the Capital Projects Committee:
  •           Dr Greg Wong Chak-yan, a consulting civil engineer;
  •           Ir Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, a Senior Counsel; and
  •           Ir Daniel M. Cheng, an environmental industrialist.
For the Strategic Human Resource Committee, the following two expert members have been appointed to advise the Board in considering pay and conditions, and other major staff issues:
  •           Mrs Paula Ko Wong Chau-mui, a senior human resource executive of a major bank;
  •           Mrs Anita To Yu Ming-chi, a general manager of a multinational company.
The remaining two expert members are Mr Philip Nunn, a lawyer with special expertise in construction and arbitration, and Mr Alfred Li Hung-kwan, a retired Chartered Accountant and former executive director. Mr Nunn has been appointed to the Property Committee, and Mr Li to the Finance Committee.
A KCRC spokesman said, "The expert members have been appointed initially for one year with effect from 1 February 2003. A review will be conducted at the end of this year on the arrangement and any extension of their appointment."
"The expert members will have the same speaking and voting rights as other members on the Committees under the chairmanship of a Board member.
"The committees are responsible for considering issues in detail and for making appropriate recommendations to the Managing Board for decision."
"In matters where a potential conflict of interest may arise, expert members would be expected to make a declaration of interest, or to withdraw from the discussion of the items concerned if the Committee so decides," the spokesman added.
The biodata of the seven expert members are as follows:
Capital Projects Committee
Dr Greg Wong Chak-yan
Dr Wong is a consulting civil engineer and the principal of Greg Wong & Associates Ltd., a HK-based civil, structural and geotechnical consulting engineering firm with specialized engineering skills in deep excavations, large scale site formations and foundations in difficult ground conditions. Dr Wong has worked in Canada, Korea, Brazil and Uruguay on capital projects in addition to 25 years of local experience which include the MTRC.
Dr Wong is currently a member of the Town Planning Board, the Metro Planning Committee, Engineers Registration Board, Liquor Licensing Board, part-time member of the Central Policy Unit of the HKSAR Government, and Vice-President of the HK Institution of Engineers.
Ir Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, SC
Ir Teresa Cheng is a Senior Counsel. She is also a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Arbitrator and an Accredited Mediator. Ir Cheng has been involved in many mediation, arbitration and litigation cases in Hong Kong and abroad including disputes on building contracts, large infrastructure projects and joint venture agreements.
Ir Cheng is a member of the Housing Authority and its Building Committee. She serves as the Chairman of the Appeal Board Panel (Environmental Impact Assessment), Appeal Tribunal (Buildings), and Copyright Tribunal. She is the Deputy Chairman of the HK International Arbitration Centre and a past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch).
Ir Daniel M. Cheng (FHKIE-Env. Div.)
Ir Cheng is the Managing Director of Dunwell Enviro-Tech (Holdings) Ltd. with areas of business ranging from collection and re-refinery of spent oil to design and installation of waste water management systems. He is the winner of The Young Industrialist Awards in 1995, the Innovative Entrepreneur in 1996 and the HK Ten Outstanding Industrial Engineers Award in 1999.
Ir Cheng is a member of the Environmental Campaign Committee, Director of Applied Research Council, member of the Nanotechnology Projects Vetting Committee for HKSAR, Chairman of the Board at the Friends of the Earth, Founding President of HK Environmental Industry Association, and general committee member of the Federation of HK Industries.
Strategic Human Resource Committee
Mrs Paula Ko Wong Chau-mui
Mrs Ko is the Head of Human Resources – Change Management (Group Technology and Operations) of Standard Chartered Bank. She was a part time member of the Central Policy Unit from 1999 to 2001.
Mrs Anita To Yu Ming-chi
Mrs To is currently the General Manager and Director of Gillette Hong Kong Ltd., a subsidiary of the US based manufacturer of Gillette Shaving, Oral-B, Braun and Duracell Batteries.
Previously, Mrs To held management positions in Johnson and Johnson and Nestle China Ltd. She is also a member of the HKANA ECR Hong Kong.
Property Committee
Mr Philip Nunn, JP
Mr Nunn was admitted as a solicitor in England in 1974 and in Hong Kong in 1981. He joined Simmons and Simmons as a partner in 1986 to head the development and construction practice. Before that he worked for the HK Government as a Deputy Principal Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers.
Mr Nunn is a member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority, being the chairman of its Building Committee and a member of its Strategic Planning Committee. He is Co-chairman of the Appeal Tribunal (Buildings), and a member of the Construction Arbitrators’ Panel of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He is also a member of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission Panel of Arbitrators and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board Panel of Arbitrators.
Finance Committee
Mr Alfred Li Hung-kwan
Mr Li is a retired Chartered Accountant. In his former position as the Executive Director of Hang Lung Development Company Ltd., Mr Li was responsible for the Hang Lung Group’s finance and administration as well as its new investment arm in charge of non-real estate investment.
Mr Li is a member of the Listing Committee of The HK Stock Exchange, the Takeovers and Mergers Panel of the Securities and Futures Commission, a fellow member of the HK Society of Accountants and a member of the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants.