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Police watchdog Sec-Gen set to leave; FHB Deputy Sec take up new post in HAB; Former PwC management named CEO of auditing watchdog.


Police watchdog sparks wave of departures

Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) Secretary-general Chu Man-kin (朱敏健) will leave after his tenure ends on January 2, 2017, stating that he will not re-apply to the post.

Chu joined the IPCC in 2010 and was Assistant Director of the ICAC’s Operations Department before. Rumours suggested that Chu and IPCC Chairman Larry Kwok Lam-kwong did not agree over the endorsement of a complaint against retired superintendent Franklin Chu, who allegedly assault a pedestrian with his baton during the Umbrella Movement.

A report by Ming Pao also suggested that the decision of Chu’s departure was made under the influence of CY Leung.

Other four senior members of the body had also handed in their resignation letters.

Last September, Leung appointed Jose-Antonio Maurellet (毛樂禮) and Barry Chin Chi-yung (錢志庸) to the IPCC. Chin is a member of pro-Beijing group ‘Silent Majority’ while Maurellet is a lawyer who helped Kwoon Chung Bus to apply for court injunction to ban the occupations in Central and Admiralty.

Food & Health Deputy Secretary to assume post as Home Affairs Director

Deputy Secretary for Food and Health (Health) Janice Tse Siu-wa (謝小華) will take up the post of Director of Home Affairs on April 11, 2016.  Ms Tse recently sat on both the Emergency Executive Committee and the Finance Committee of the Hospital Authority.

She will succeed Pamela Tan Kam Mi-wah (陳甘美華) who has proceeded on pre-retirement leave after over 38 years of service. Highlights of Ms Tan’s career include trying to negotiate a student exit from Occupy Central and stricter enforcement of hostel regulations.

Tse joined the Government in June 1987 and served in the Executive Officer and Labour Officer Grades before joining the Administrative Service in June 1988. She was Head (eHealth Record) of the Food and Health Bureau from September 2009 to December 2011 before assuming the current position.

The replacement of Tse is yet announced.

Former PwC partner-in-charge named CEO of Financial Reporting Council

Paul F Winkelmann, partner-in-charge of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Risk Management and Quality team in Greater China from 2002 to 2014, was named CEO of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) for a term of three years starting from April 1, 2016.

The magnificently bearded – even Hemingway evoking – Winkelmann was the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) in 2009 and served as the Chairman of the Financial Reporting Standards Committee of the HKICPA from 2004 to 2009.

The FRC is an independent statutory body established in December 2006 to investigate possible auditing and reporting irregularities.