Our People


Ms Ho Ching

Board of Directors

Anita Fam new
Ms Fam, a former lawyer, is a full-time volunteer who has been involved in the social service sector for more than 20 years, both at charity and national level, in the areas of disability, palliative care, healthcare and mental health. Ms Fam currently serves as President of the National Council of Social Service and is the Chairman of Assisi Hospice. She chaired the Enabling Masterplan 3 Steering Committee, Singapore's 5-year strategic blueprint for disability for 2017 - 2021. In addition, she sits on various boards and committees including the Lien Foundation, SAS Foundation Ltd, SG Cares Steering Committee and the Singapore Totalisator Board. Also a Justice of the Peace, Ms Fam was conferred the Public Service Star (BBM) in 2014 and the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2008 for her work in the community. “I was invited to join the Assisi Hospice Board after I had approached Assisi Hospice in April 2005 to initiate a paediatric palliative care service. In those days, Assisi Hospice only looked after adult patients with cancer. It was significant that the Board made the decision later that year to look after not only children with cancer but also those who had non-cancer related conditions. It was therefore deeply significant for me to join the Board later that year on 30 November 2005. Assisi Hospice is also very special to me as my family had the benefit of Assisi's homecare service for both my parents-in-law in late 2002. They passed away within three months of each other so it was a rather intense time which was made so much less painful because of Assisi's homecare service. And more recently in late 2014, my late father too was blessed to have had the homecare team journey with him and us in the last three months of his life.”
Paul Lee

Mr Paul Lee is currently the managing partner of RSM in Singapore, and heads the firm's audit and tax services. He has responsibilities over a diverse portfolio of listed and privately held clients. Mr Lee also currently serves as a board member of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ARCA) and as a lay member of the Singapore Medical Council's Complaints Panel.

"I am humbled by Ms Anita Fam’s invitation to be the Deputy Chair. More so, after I read the appreciation letter from a patient’s family and got to know about the dedication of everyone at Assisi involved in the care of the patient.

Reading about the patient’s story reaffirmed my decision to volunteer with Assisi back in 2010. At that time, I responded to Mr Phillip Tan's call for support to join Assisi's Audit Committee. My wife and I have been supporting Assisi for some time as my wife's uncle was a patient of Assisi. We saw first hand the good work of Assisi, in taking care of my wife's uncle in his last days.

It has been my privilege to be given the opportunity to volunteer at Assisi and be part of a great team."

Cynthia Goh

Dr Goh is Senior Consultant in the Division of Palliative Medicine at the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. She is an accredited specialist in Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine and has a PhD in Molecular Biology, and chairs the Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Training Committee of the Specialist Accreditation Board.

While at NCCS, she started the first department of Palliative Medicine among public hospitals and led the establishment of Palliative Medicine as a recognised medical subspecialty in Singapore, as well as built the Chapter of Palliative Medicine at the College of Physicians Singapore.

Prior to NCCS, Dr Goh was Medical Director of Assisi Hospice from 1994 to 1999. Under her watch, the 37-bed Assisi Home and Hospice started its home care service and expanded its day care service to become the first comprehensive hospice provider.

Dr Goh has had a long association with Assisi Hospice. She joined the Assisi Board in 2004 and served until 2013 before re-joining in 2015. She currently chairs the Programme and Services Committee on the Board, as well as the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) for which she has been involved in since its formation in 1996. Her major interests are in leading APHN projects to help build capacity for palliative care in countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India.

Dr Goh was President of the Pain Association of Singapore from 2001 to 2005 and Founding President of the Association of South East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) from 2004 to 2007. She was Council Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain from 2008 to 2014. She helped found the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) and co-chaired it from 2008 to 2014.

As one of the pioneers of hospice in Singapore, she started as a volunteer in 1986. The group of volunteers later started the Hospice Care Association (now HCA Hospice Care) in 1989 and Dr Goh was its Founding President. She received the Public Service Medal (PBM), in 1997 for her contributions to hospice care in Singapore.

Edward DSilva 1

Mr Edward D'Silva is an architect by profession and is the Senior Advisor of SAA Architects Pte Ltd. Apart from the Assisi Hospice Board, he also holds directorship with Singapore Dance Theatre, NIE International Pte Ltd and the Prisons Fellowship Service.

He is a member of the Public Service Commission since January 2007 and is a Justice of the Peace as well as a Visiting Justices.

Currently, Mr D'Silva is the Chairman of the Public Hygiene Council; Singapore Youth Award Panel (NYC); the Publications Consultative Panel (MDA) and the Seniors Committee with concurrent appointment as Councillor for the Central Community Development Council.

He is also a member of the Liquor Appeals Board; Strata Titles Board; the National Institute of Education; NUS Alumni Advisory Board; Singapore Anglican Community Services Board; Films Consultative Panel (MDA) and the Singapore Medical Council Complaints Panel.

He was the President of the Singapore Institute of Architects; the Eurasian Association and Republic of Singapore Flying Club. He was also a member of the NUS Board of Trustees; the Presidential Council of Advisors for Religious Harmony; English Language Institute of Singapore; Board of Architects; North Light School Board; the National Integration Council and the Construction I.T. Committee.

For the public service rendered to the community, Mr D’Silva was awarded the NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2015, the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2014 and CDC (Central) Long Service Award in 2013.

Jeffrey Seah

Mr Seah spent over 20 years at WPP and Publicis, 2 global Marketing Communications conglomerates. His last port of call was at Starcom MediaVest Group/VivaKi, where he oversaw the business operations of South East Asia and security-challenged markets region covering more than 600 employees.

Since leaving the corporate world in June 2016, Mr Seah focuses his time fully in the development of the Data, Tech, Media and Content industries, continuing his work in the disruption economy.

From his domain and industry knowledge, Jeff works with MNC/local organisations, VCs/PEs/Family Offices/Sovereign Funds, Corporate M&A units, start-ups and individuals to realise potential of ideas, people, investment and businesses. His projects cover industry development, go-to-market advisory and corporate (digital) reorganisation implementation in Asia Pacific and Middle East. Jeff also serves as a Board Member, Management Advisor and Investor to 5 businesses: 3 of which have been courted by CVCs, 1 invested by Sequoia, and all are on their way to being going concerns.

Jeff is an active industry leader and multiple sports participant. He serves in industry outreach initiatives amidst his travels, being a past member of the Singapore government Speak Mandarin Council, IAB, and a counsel to broadcasters, publishers and global digital content businesses, and continues to support major advertising associations and Government statutory boards. He is also involved at Board level with Singapore Polytechnic and Singapore Discovery Centre.

Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. He owns a working Apple IIe from his youth, and is an acknowledged Arsenal and Shakespeare fan. He considers his greatest achievement to being a doting father to his 3 children.

"Public Service is a calling. The human spirit needs to be celebrated in its full existence. Assisi Hospice fulfills both for me."

Linus Tham

Mr Tham holds the appointment of the Group Chief Information Officer of Parkway Pantai Limited. Parkway Pantai Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of IHH Healthcare Berhad, one of the largest healthcare groups in the world by market capitalisation. Beyond overseeing the operations of the group’s IT ecosystem, Mr Tham plays a key role in the strategic development of its IT projects and infrastructure in support of the company’s business objectives, as well as readying the organisation for the digital revolution in the healthcare sector. He is particularly keen in seeking out innovative new digital technologies or innovative ways to leverage such technologies to transform healthcare and how it is delivered.

Prior to this appointment, he was concurrently the Group Chief Corporate Development Officer and Group Chief Operating Officer at the National Healthcare Group (NHG) where he was responsible for strategic planning and the group’s activities in population health and care integration. Prior to that, Linus held positions as Chief Information Officer at Raffles Medical Group and NHG, as well as Chief Technology Architect, Managing Director and Head at DBS Bank’s Enterprise Architecture and Services unit.

Ms Lynna Chandra

Ms Chandra founded Rachel House in 2006 to pioneer the first pediatric palliative care service in Indonesia, and help champion the establishment of a palliative care ecosystem to benefit patients living with life-limiting conditions. She currently serves on the Board of ICPCN (International Children’s Palliative Care Network) to advocate for better access to palliative care for children all over the world.

In 2011, in order to champion equal access to essential services and equal opportunities for all, Lynna co-founded Absolute Impact Partners (AIP) in the hope of alleviating the suffering and indignity associated with poverty. AIP is currently active in Indonesia and Myanmar.

Ms Chandra is an accountant by training and had spent the first decade of her career in the investment banking industry. She is an Ashoka Fellow and serves on the boards of Bamboo Capital Management, a private equity firm focusing on impact investment, and Ashoka Singapore.

“When I was approached to serve on the Assisi Hospice Board, I felt like life has come full circle. Various people at Assisi had been my mentor in the early years of Rachel House. Their generosity and love are what I have come to associate Assisi with. And over the years, I have heard the same words being used by the people whose lives have been so beautifully touched by the Assisi team.

I am humbled by this invitation to serve, and honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to a cause that is so close to my heart.”

Philip Yap
Dr Philip Yap, an internist by training, is a senior consultant geriatrician & palliative care physician in the dept of geriatric medicine and director of the geriatric centre in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. He is also an adjunct associate professor with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS and adjunct clinician scientist with Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Astar. He has a keen interest in both the biomedical and social aspects of ageing, especially in the areas of dementia, long term care, end of life care, support of caregivers of older persons and the use of infocomms technology in geriatric care. For several years, he led the committee for person centred care and dementia care mapping to raise standards of eldercare in Singapore. He has published over 100 internationally peer reviewed journal articles, conference papers and abstracts, and is reviewer for several international journals. He sits on the advisory panels and committees concerning eldercare, including the Agency for Integrated Care and the Ministry of Health.
Mrs Sylvia Lee

Mrs Lee graduated from Imperial College London in Chemical Engineering, started her career as a chemical engineer and attained Chartered Engineer status in 1990. Her work experiences with Shell in Singapore, The Netherlands and the U.K. included refinery operations, engineering design, product quality, economics and optimization, planning, strategy, investments, talent management, strategic and operational HR.

Mrs Lee joined CapitaLand as Head of Group HR after 22 years in Shell. Moving from Shell to CapitaLand, Sylvia’s unique contribution was the blending of western best practices and Asian management styles with balance and effectiveness. She sees the HR function as the “soul” of the organization.

She left the corporate world in 2008 to pursue personal interests. In 2010, she founded Lotus Culture Ltd., a Singapore non-profit organisation which provided sexually trafficked and abused women and girls in Cambodia employment (in form of social enterprise) and personal development opportunities. Its mission was to help to rebuild lives.

On understanding the devastation that human trafficking does to its victims, men, women and children, the scale of this heinous crime that is driven by greed, by demand for paid sex, by companies’ desire for maximum profits and the growth of consumerism at all costs, Sylvia realised that she was merely helping to alleviate the symptoms of this global problem, and not the root cause. In 2012, she set up EmancipAsia Ltd, a Singapore registered Charity. EmancipAsia’s mission is to raise public awareness about this societal issue, to engage the masses, to empower individuals, communities and businesses to take action to combat this heinous crime against humanity. Her target audience is the general public, with specific focus on youths.

Sylvia is a Director of ACTSYS Process Management Consultants Pte Ltd., Director of EmancipAsia Ltd., a Board Member of Hagar Singapore and HighPoint Community Services.

Thomas Teo Liang Huat

Mr Thomas Teo is the Chief Financial Officer of a Singapore listed company, involved in investment, healthcare and corporate services. He sits on the board of several commercial organisations and is a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

He has been actively involved with Caritas Singapore and Charis Singapore, previously serving as a Board member and chairing both the Finance & Investment and Grants & Capacity Building Committees.

He chairs the Audit Committee in Assisi Hospice and hopes to contribute in the area of financial management and eldercare development.

Prof Choo

Professor Philip Choo is the Group Chief Executive Officer of the National Healthcare Group (NHG). He is well recognised as a Geriatrician with more than 25 years of experience.

Professor Choo was awarded the TTSH Doctor of the Year in 1996. His contribution during SARS, as head of the medical team, earned him the National Day Public Service Star Award in 2003. In 2011, he was awarded the National Day Public Administration Medal (Silver), and the National Day Long Service Medal in 2015.

Professor Choo serves on several Boards which include the NHG-Johns Hopkins Singapore Institute Pte Ltd, Ren Ci Hospital, The Courage Fund Limited, and Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital. He also sits on various Ministry of Health Committees, and a member of various committees eg Medical Advisory Board to MINDEF and SAF, Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education Advisory Board NTU, Community for Successful Ageing Advisory Committee and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Governing Board.

Mr Tony Mallek

Mr Mallek served as Chief Financial Officer for Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) until retiring at the end of March 2018.

He currently consults for SPH on a part-time basis, on projects including developing The Woodleigh Mall & Residences in Bidadari, Orange Valley Nursing Homes and developing SPH’s Silver Care business overseas. He is a director of SPH REIT Management Pte Ltd, as manager of SPH REIT.

Mr Mallek was named Best CFO (large cap) at the Singapore Corporate Awards in 2016.

Management Team

Chief Executive Officer : Ms Choo Shiu Ling
Clinical Director : Dr Alethea Yee
Head, Medical : Dr Peh Tan Ying
Director, Nursing : Ms Chiew Cheng Fong
Mission Director : Ms Karen Poon
Head, Operations : Mr Andy Tham
Head, IT : Ms Ann Neo
Head, Communications & Community Engagement : Ms Juliet Ng
Head, Finance : Ms Jennifer Lum
Head, Human Resource : Ms Katherine Tan
Senior Manager, Day Care & Allied Health : Mr Max Yeoh