Key MCS management position filled
A BUSINESS leader and
human resources practitioner, Mr Richard B. Y. Khoo, has been
appointed the Director of Finance, Administration and Programmes
(DFAP) of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS). He started
work at Methodist Centre on Sept 19, 2005.
His appointment ends several months
of search for a person to fill the top-level position.
Mr Khoo told Methodist Message
that for him, the challenge of the post is to "facilitate
and continually strengthen the connectional structure of diverse
components within the ambit of MCS in the best Wesleyan tradition".
"Personally, I look forward to the excitement, challenge
and joy of serving the Lord at MCS," he added.
The DFAP reports to the General Conference Executive Council
(GCEC) and the Finance and Administration Council (FAC) through
their respective chairmen. He has direct oversight of the Finance,
Administration and Property Departments, and staff of the smaller
His other responsibilities include:
THE setting up of reporting protocols and communication flow between
the GCEC and all programme agencies;
THE facilitation of administrative and financial policies of the
GCEC that involve the programme agencies; and
THE development of staff functions that can be brought together
with economies of scale, e.g. human resource development and deployment,
training, computerisation and information technology, property
management, finance and investments.
Mr Khoo fits the bill. He has proven management skills, with a
good grasp and practical knowledge of governance and fiduciary
issues, and skills in formulating and implementing human resources
policies, strategies and practices to match organisational goals
in a rapidly changing environment and competitive market place.
He also has the added advantage of having served in church leadership
for more than 15 years.
An Old Boy of Anglo-Chinese School,
he is a long-time member of Barker Road Methodist Church (BRMC),
having served the Local Church Executive Committee from the late
1980s, and was, until his MCS appointment, the Chairman of the
Pastor-Parish Relations and Staff Committee (PPRSC). He remains
a member of the PPRSC. He had previously served as a Trinity Annual
Conference (TRAC) Lay Delegate and represented BRMC on the TRAC
Board of Finance, among other local church positions.
Mr Khoo, who holds a B. Sc. Honours
degree from the University of Malaya, has a track record in identifying
a broad spectrum of business issues relating to organisational
change and people development across diverse cultures, having
worked in the United States, New Zealand, India and Malaysia (Kuala
Lumpur), besides Singapore.
He last worked with China Xpress
Pte Ltd as an independent consultant, and where he was the Corporate
Adviser from February to April this year.
From 1995 to 2001, he was the Chief Executive of Service Quality
Centre, a $10-million training and consultancy company established
in 1990 as a joint venture of Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) and
Spring Singapore (formerly Singapore Productivity and Standards
In his earlier career with SIA, he served as Assistant Director
of Personnel (Corporate Headquarters), Assistant Director of Marketing
(Corporate Headquarters), Vice-President Southwest USA, based
in Los Angeles, General Manager New Zealand, based in Auckland,
and General Manager India, based in Bombay.
He served as the Chief Executive of SATS Passenger Services Pte
Ltd and subsequently as General Manager of Apron/Passenger Services
in the expanded SATS Airport Services Pte Ltd.
Mr Khoo is currently an Independent Director on the Board of publicly-listed
Amara Holdings Ltd, a Board Director of Christian Columbarium
Pte Ltd, and a consulting Senior Fellow at The Idea Factory (Singapore)