Ocean Park executive chief to quit after 12 years of service; New head of HKETO London appointed.
Ocean Park Chief Executive set to leave as contract expires
Mr Tom Mehrmann, current Chief Executive of Ocean Park, revealed his intention to not renew his employment contract with the Park after almost 12 years, with effect on August 16, 2016. The search process for Mr Mehrmann’s successor has already commenced.
Mehrmann noted that it is time for him to step down to begin pursuing other career development and personal interests with ten years of capital programming laid out ahead for the Park. The Ocean Park Board is offering him an advisory role as he will be staying in Hong Kong (suggesting he won’t be going to Disney – Ed.).
New head for London ETO
Ms Priscilla To (杜潔麗) assumed office as the new Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London on October 19, replacing the outgoing Director-General, Ms Erica Ng (吳麗敏).
To joined the Government in 1995 and had served in various bureaux and departments, including the former Industry Department, the Correctional Services Department, the former Health and Welfare Branch, the former Information Technology and Broadcasting Bureau, the former Environment and Food Bureau, the former Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau and the Education Bureau. She was Principal Assistant Secretary in the Civil Service Bureau before being appointed to the current post.
As Director-General of the HKETO London, To is also responsible to representing the administration in Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic states.
New term of Consumer Goods Safety Appeal Board Panel announced
The Government announced the appointments and re-appointments to the Consumer Goods Safety Appeal Board Panel with effect from October 20, 2015.
Mr Anthony Siu Yat-fung (蕭一峰) and Ms Eleanor Yeung Yee-na (楊綺娜) were appointed as the new chairman and deputy-chairman respectively. Other new members included consumer goods experts Professor Che Chi-ming (支志明) and Ms Miranda Kwan Ching-yi (關靜儀), and Wanchai District Councillor Ms Peggy Lee Pik-yee (李碧儀).
The Appeal Board is responsible for hearing appeals against enforcement decisions or actions taken by the Commissioner of Customs and Excise under the Consumer Goods Safety Ordinance.
Deputy-Chairman of MPFSAB appointed
Ms Giovanna Kwong Fung-ping (鄺鳳萍) was appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Appeal Board (MPFSAB) for a term of two years from October 25, 2015. Other new appointments were Ms Miranda So Man-wah (蘇雯華) and Ms Cecilia Lee Sau-wai (李秀慧) as panel members.
Kwong is a solicitor by profession and is also Deputy Chairman of the Occupational Retirement Schemes Appeal Board. She will replace the outgoing Deputy Chairman Mr Paul Shieh Wing-tai (石永泰).