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The National Family Council was first formed on 1 May 2006 to champion and promote resilient families. On 7 February 2014, the National Family Council was renamed as "Families for Life" to reflect its evolving approach to connect with Singaporean families, and to better mirror the Council's community-driven identity.

Families for Life is a people-sector Council, comprising of 13 volunteers from the people and private sectors. The Council is headed by Mr Ching Wei Hong, Chief Operating Officer, OCBC Bank.

Families for Life Council’s vision is to build strong and resilient families because that makes for stronger communities and better individual well-being.

We Listen. We listen to the issues that Singaporean families are facing.

We Explore and Promote. We bring people and organisations together to create platforms for family bonding and to engage Singaporeans in conversations about families.

We Voice. We voice out concerns that people have on family issues and continue this conversation with our partners and the community.

 


 

 

About the Logo

 

Families for Life Logo 

In line with our hope to inspire and deepen conversations on families with families, we designed our logo to remind people of a speech bubble. A speech bubble instinctively stands for traits like curiosity and friendliness. The logo encapsulates us as open, genuine and positive to connect with families.

 


Council Members

MR CHING WEI HONG
COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
Chief Operating Officer, OCBC Bank

 

Mr Ching Wei Hong joined the Families for Life Council in August 2013 (formerly known as National Family Council) as its Chairman. He is married with 2 children. Prior to this, he served on the Businesses for Families Council from June 2011 to July 2013.

In his day job, Mr Ching is the Chief Operating Officer ("COO") of OCBC Bank. He is also currently the Chairman of Bank of Singapore and OCBC Securities as well as Deputy Chairman of Lion Global Investors. In his capacity as COO of OCBC Bank, he is responsible for the Global Wealth Management and Consumer division, focusing on building the OCBC Group’s consumer banking franchise and wealth management business in its key markets in Asia. Mr Ching also oversees Group Customer Experience and OCBC Bank’s fintech and innovation unit, The Open Vault at OCBC.

In his tenure with OCBC Bank, he has held senior management responsibilities across various roles including Chief Financial Officer, Head of Group Operations and Technology and Head of Transaction Banking. Mr Ching has more than 30 years of experience in regional finance, corporate banking and cash management. Before joining OCBC, he was Director of Corporate Finance, Philips Electronics Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. He also held senior regional assignments in Bank of America and was Treasurer of Union Carbide Asia Pacific.

Mr Ching Wei Hong's quote 

 


DR ANN TAN
COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Women Fertility & Fetal Centre

 

Married with 3 children, Dr Ann Tan Sian Ann is an obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Women Fertility & Fetal Centre. She was formerly the Chief of Fetal Maternal medicine at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and past President of Perinatal Society of Singapore. Dr Tan has always been at the forefront of prenatal diagnosis and was one of the first few to offer the Non-Invasive Prenatal testing in Singapore. She is both a Fetal Maternal Specialist as well as an MOH certified IVF clinician. A Public Service Commission Scholar, Dr Tan has won several prestigious awards in her field of specialization including the Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Scholarship for Fetal Echocardiography at Yale School of Medicine in 1995; the Young Investigator Award by the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1995; and the Young Member of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (MRCOG) Award by the Hong Kong Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in 1993. She also received the National Day Awards Public Service Medal in 2012.

Dr Tan is the first Singaporean to hold the Diploma of Fetal Medicine from the Fetal Medicine Foundation. She is a dedicated gynaecologist and obstetrician to the field of prenatal diagnosis & care of both mother and fetus. Dr Tan has authored medical papers and serves as a reviewer on peer-reviewed journals. She has also presented papers at numerous medical forums in Singapore & internationally.

Dr Tan was also the President of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) from 2008-2010 [Note: She was nominated by the Association of Women Doctors]. She also served on the SCWO 14th Board (2006-2008) as 1st Vice President and SCWO’s 16th Board (2010-2012) as the Immediate Past President. Dr Tan was also the Founding Chair of the SCWO Service Fund and listed as part of the SCWO’s Founders Circle on SCWO’s website.

Dr Ann Tan's quote 

 

 


MRS CLAIRE NAZAR
COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
Director, Kalco Law LLC

 

Married with 2 children, Claire is a busy full-time wife, mother and lawyer, who “de-stresses” with her husband by pursuing their shared passion for building strong marriages. Claire is a director of Kalco Law LLC, practising corporate and commercial law. As a husband-and-wife team, Claire and Boaz are Master Trainers in the internationally renowned evidence-based marriage education course, the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Programme (PREP®). Claire has been regularly facilitating PREP® courses / workshops since 2006. She served as Advisory Board Member of Marriage Central (2012 - 2013) and is currently serving as council member of Families for Life (formerly known as National Family Council), Ministry of Social and Family Development since 2013.

Mrs Claire Nazar's quote 

 


BG(NS) ISHAK ISMAIL
COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
REGIONAL DIRECTOR (APAC)
BAE SYSTEMS Hägglunds AB

 

BG(NS) Ishak is married with 2 children. He is currently the Regional Director (APAC) in BAE Systems Hägglunds AB. BG(NS) Ishak has vast leadership experience with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), having served the SAF for 29 years retiring in 2011.

In 2008, he received the Public Administration Medal for his significant contributions to the armed forces. After retiring from the Singapore Armed Forces he has worked at ST Electronics as Senior Vice President and at CWT Limited as CEO Defence Services. BG(NS) Ishak is currently a board director of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore. He also volunteers his time to reach out to families under ACCORD (Advisory Council for Community Relations in Defence) and is a member of the External Review Panel on SAF Safety. BG(NS) Ishak holds a Master's in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

BG(NS) Ishak Ismail's quote 

 


MR JEFF CHEONG

COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
President of Tribal Worldwide Asia; Head of Tribal Worldwide Singapore

 

Mr Jeff Cheong is Head of Tribal Worldwide Singapore and South East Asia – the youngest to assume this role globally for DDB Worldwide. It is unlikely to find another person with more grit than Jeff. Under his leadership, Tribal Worldwide Singapore grew from a 4-person crew to an agency of 105 (and counting) award-winning talents, and attained ‘A-list agency’ status since 2009.

His hands-on, always-on approach, together with his many transformative and industry-firsts ideas, greatly benefited the brands he has worked with. Locally, he is the champion behind the launch of the Pioneer Generation Package, MediShield Life and Singapore’s first dialect info-education drama on national television. Regionally, his presence is widely known by his numerous successful new business wins, notably, Tokyu Agency Group (TAG) Tribal – a partnership that was established in 2015.

As someone who has been highly involved in education for Institutes of Higher Learning, Mr Cheong recently set up Equator, an Economic Development Board (EDB)-backed incubator facility that grooms next-generation creatives and technologists in Temasek Polytechnic. He was awarded ‘Agency Head of the Year’ at the IAS Hall of Fame 2016.

He is also a big fan of his family. Together, they enjoy learning new skills and getting involved in community work.

Mr Jeff Cheong's quote 

 


MR KELVIN ANG
COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
Blogger & Founder, cheekiemonkie.net; Co-founder of Daddy Matters

 

Blogging since 2005,  Mr Kelvin Ang is one of Singapore’s top parent bloggers and author of ‘Got Kids Go Where?’, a book featuring 550 things to do with kids in Singapore. He has guest written for Yahoo! Singapore’s Parenting website and was invited as a speaker at Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2015.

He was also a panelist for various public forums, including Singapore Children’s Society’s Forum 2015, KKH’s Parenthood Public Forum 2015 and Social Media Week Singapore 2013.

Mr Ang has been featured in The Sunday Times, and shared his parenting thoughts on Radio 938 Live, Channel 8, Channel U and several family websites. His articles are regularly found in parenting magazines, while his blog cheekiemonkie.net was named one of the 10 Most Popular Lifestyle Blogs by The New Paper in 2013.

A Financial Services Consultant with AIA and father of 3 adorable kids, Mr Ang is also the co-founder of Daddy Matters, an online community of dads who want to be active and promote active fatherhood for everyone. In addition, he has been serving as a member of the Family & Community committee in Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD) since 2016.

Mr Kelvin Ang's quote 

 


MR KUA SOON KHE

COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
Chief Executive, Singapore Buddhist Federation

 

Mr Kua Soon Khe was the Deputy Secretary-General of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry for 13 years. Thereafter, he served as the Secretary-General of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan for 9 years.

Besides his official duties, he has contributed to numerous community works which include, among others, Tan Kah Kee Foundation, Chinese Development Assistance Council, the Association of Nanyang University Graduates, REACH Supervisory Panel, MOE’s External Assessor for 10 successive years and The Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. Currently, he serves as member of the Singapore Armed Forces Detention Barracks’ Board of Visitors (since July 2008) and member of the National Council on Problem Gambling of the Ministry of Social and Family Development (since August 2013).

In recent years, he has designed and conducted a series of board governance training courses in both English and Mandarin which aim to raise the governance level of charities and registered societies. Together with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, he has helped to launch a 15-month Pilot Project on Governance Training and Consultancy Service for Buddhist Charities as well as the Professional Training for Executive Secretaries and Administrators of Charities and IPCs. Besides these, he has also conducted training courses for clan associations and officials from PRC’s Civic Affairs Bureau and Su Zhou Industrial Park.

To assist the Charity Council to refine the Code of Governance for Charities and IPCs, Mr Kua has served in its Work Group for Refinement of Code of Governance in 2010 and 2015.

Mr Kua Soon Khe's quote 

 


MS LIN RUPING
COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
Local Artiste

 

Ms Lin Ruping is an actress and veteran host. Her most notable role is in the 2008 film, Money No Enough 2. In her hosting stints, Ms Lin has helped to create awareness of the Pioneers Generation Package by sharing information with the seniors in mandarin and dialect.

She is also involved in Health Promotion Board, Wellness, National Crime Prevention Council and National Council on Problem Gambling’s campaigns.

Ms Lin Ruping's quote 

 


DR MATHEW MATHEWS
COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

 

Dr Mathew Mathews is married with 3 sons. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. While Dr Mathews spends substantial time researching on social cohesion concerns in Singapore, he has always been interested in studying the family. To date he has been involved in over a dozen family-related research projects including studies on three generation households, marriage and parenthood aspirations, marriage resilience and the challenges and needs of low income and single parent families.

Dr Mathews is well involved in the community and serves as President of Alive Community Network and is on the advisory boards of One People.sg and Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing. He also serves on a number of government advisory panels. He was formerly on the board of Marriage Central.

Dr Mathew Mathews' quote 

 


MRS SAROJINI PADMANATHAN
COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
Director of Professional Board and Director of Cell Therapy Facility, Health Sciences Authority

 

Mrs Sarojini is happily married for 30 years with 3 lovely grown up daughters, all of whom have graduated. Mrs Padmanathan, has been with the Singapore public service for the last 33 years. She has a Master of Business Administration Degree with specialisation in Training and Development. She has a certification in Parenting Facilitator Programme conducted by MYCS (2004) and have obtained the Diploma in Family Life Education, conferred by the Lee Community College in 2005. In 2013 she was appointed as a member of the Families for Life (FFL) Council and to the MSF's Expert Panel on Building Capability for FamilyMatters! In 2015 she was certified as a Triple P facilitator. She is a member of the Indian Programmes Advisory Committee (MDA). She also sits on MSF’s Tribunal for the Maintenance of Parents.

An avid trainer, she has been well sought after for training in Human Resource Management and Development. She has been an Associate Trainer with the Singapore Civil Service College from 1990. She trains HR practitioners and organizational leaders both in Singapore and overseas. She has trained a large number of leaders on Human Resource Management and Development.

She is passionate about giving public speeches and educating fellow parents on the topic of upbringing children and maintaining happy marriage. She has been conducting talks and workshops at Schools, Community Clubs and SINDA for the last 24 years and has sat on several panel discussions and spoken at Conferences and Congresses held at national level.

Mrs Sarojini is also a media personality and a celebrity, having hosted several info-ed programmes on the local Indian TV Channel and Radio programmes. She has written several thought pieces which were published in the Straits Times, Tamil Murasu, Parenthood Magazine and other on-line magazines.

She has several awards to her credit. Starting with the Efficiency Medal conferred by the Government of Singapore in 1999 to the Human Resource Professional of the Year award in 2014.

Mrs Sarojini Padmanathan's quote 

 


MS SIM SIEW MOON (MRS NICOLE CHUNG)
COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
EY ASIA-PACIFIC TAX POLICY AND CONTROVERSY LEADER
PARTNER, ERNST & YOUNG SOLUTIONS LLP

 

Ms Sim Siew Moon is happily married to Mr Solomon Chung. They have five children, 3 boys and 2 girls. She is a Tax Partner at Ernst & Young Solutions LLP. She is also EY Asia-Pacific Tax Policy and Controversy Leader. She serves on the School Advisory Committee at Meridien Junior College. She is a Board member of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals.

Ms Sim graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy (First Class Honors) degree. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of CPA Australia and an Accredited Tax Advisor, Income Tax and GST, of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals.

Ms Sim Siew Moon's quote 

 


DR THANG LENG LENG
COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
Associate Professor and Head, Department of Japanese Studies, Deputy Director, Centre for Family and Population Research, Honorary Fellow of College of Alice and Peter Tan, National University of Singapore (NUS)

 

Dr Thang Leng Leng is married with 2 sons. She is active in community services and was a co-chair of the former taskforce on grand-parenting and inter-generational bonding (MCYS) and a former Councillor with Central Singapore Community Development Council. She serves as President of the board of Singapore Fei Yue Family Service Centre since 2008.

Dr Thang is a socio-cultural anthropologist and currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Japanese Studies, as well as fellow of the College of Alice and Peter Tan (University Town), the National University of Singapore. She has numerous publications relating to the areas of aging, inter-generational programming and relationships, gender and family.

She is well regarded for playing an active role in promoting inter-generational approaches and was invited by the United Nations to attend the expert panel on inter-generational dialogue in Doha, Qatar (2011). Internationally, Dr Thang also serves as associate editor of "Journal of Intergenerational Relationships" (Taylor and Francis, USA) and vice chair of the International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs. Locally, she volunteers as the facilitator for Intergenerational Approaches at Social Service Institute's Communities of Practice and provides consultancy for organisations and agencies seeking ways to deepen inter-generational engagements.

Dr Thang Leng Leng's quote 

 


MR TONG YEE
COUNCIL MEMBER, FAMILIES FOR LIFE
Director/Co-founder The Thought Collective

 

Mr Tong co-founded the School of Thought (SOT) to promote innovation in education and civic learning in both private and public sectors. This work has since evolved to become The Thought Collective (TTC) — a group of social enterprises reputed for building social and emotional capital that are at the forefront of social innovation in Singapore. Other companies under TTC span across editorial and publishing, experience design, restaurants, training and HR development, and social innovation consultancy. Each company is a platform to further extend social impact through a new demographic.

Mr Tong also spearheaded civic initiatives such as the Stand Up for Singapore Movement, as well as leads several ground-up initiatives with youth across Singapore. Some of his current endeavours include prototyping a sustainable volunteer programme, designing thought provoking educational experiences through trail innovation, and initiating compelling social movements in the hope of creating a more gracious society. A champion of social emotional learning and ontological coaching, Mr Tong is a highly sought-after motivational speaker and trainer. Mr Tong also sits on a number of national committees.

Spanning areas such as building trust for national defence, innovating youth engagement and development, building new spaces for community renewal, reviving the values in healthcare professionals, and redesigning the way Singapore teaches national education, his experience will allow him to seamlessly transition between individual experience and national significance.

Mr Tong Yee's quote