Ms. Hwang Yu-Ning, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Planner of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), will be appointed as Executive Director of the National Parks Board (NParks) effective June 1.
She will be succeeded at URA by Ms. Adele Tan Shiao Ling, who will retain her position as director of infrastructure planning at the Ministry of National Development (MND).
Kenneth Er, the current CEO of NParks, will step down to become MND Under-Secretary (Planning) effective June 1.
Ms Hwang has served as an urban planner and policy maker in the Singapore public service for nearly 30 years, including a stint in the Prime Minister’s Office strategy group, the URA, NParks and MND announced in a joint statement. on Thursday (May 11).
“Ms Hwang was instrumental in leading the development and implementation of planning strategies across Singapore,” they said, adding that she led the URA on the recently completed Long-Term Plan Review.
The national exercise charts the strategic land use and infrastructure needs of Singapore over the next 50 years and beyond.
“Ms. Hwang also led the review of the Draft Master Plan 2019, which sets out detailed plans and policies for the development of Singapore over 10 to 15 years, as well as the coordination of physical and social infrastructure across Singapore,” they added.
At URA, Ms. Hwang spearheaded their conservation program and efforts to “improve the integration of built heritage”, one of the recently preserved buildings being the Golden Mile Complex.
He was also involved in Singapore’s response to COVID-19, working alongside various stakeholders to identify sites to house foreign workers.
Ms. Tan was previously a group director for strategic planning at URA and also held a leadership role at LTPR.
“In his 25 years of public service, he has driven a variety of important planning and policy work streams, from ensuring our land use plans effectively incorporate environmental considerations, to planning for an aging population, to developing a master plan. for Singapore’s underground space,” they said. saying.
During Er’s nine-year tenure as CEO of NParks, he played a key role in conceptualizing the City in Nature vision and driving the establishment of Nature Parks Networks to protect Singapore’s nature reserves from surrounding urban development.
He also pioneered new connections across the island, such as the Round Island Route, and oversaw several major milestones, including the addition of the Singapore Botanic Gardens to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015.