(Outgoing Chairman Message)
The three years as Chair passed very quickly! When I first took up the challenge, I was asked if I was “serious” and if I had the time. I recalled stating that STEP Singapore Branch needs a Singaporean representation and as for time, I have lunch time to spare.
As I look back at the past three years, three things came to my mind. Firstly, the great network and resource STEP has as a global organization. The Branch could access to subject matters expert from the region and from afar to bring interesting topics to our seminars and bi-annual conference. In the midst of learning, Members networking is also important to bring the Branch to life. The STEP Asia Conference 2013 was memorable as it was the first time the topics shifted to Asian region topics. It was well attended and received positive feedback.
Secondly, the importance of STEP Singapore to stay connected with regulators here. The regulatory environment is changing rapidly. As professionals in the trust industry, I feel that STEP Singapore has a role to play to be the voice to represent Members to provide feedback on issues that would affect their professional life. Members who are from trust companies, law firms, accountants and assets management firms, have their perspectives on issues and need to be represented.
Thirdly, I learnt that things could be made simple if we apply ourselves accordingly. Here, I am talking about the folks in the Committee whom I have the privilege of working along during my tenure. It was great to have their candor at Committee meetings. It helped to make meetings efficient so that we could have a proper lunch and could complete the meetings in good time to return to our day jobs. The generosity of the Committee members’ time and effort made my lunch time job rewarding and I dare say, fun.
In summary, it has been a great privilege and pleasure to serve as Chair to STEP Singapore. It was a journey for me to learn professionally and personally and make new acquaintances and friends in the process.
Passing the baton to Chiwi and wishing him well for his term of office and that he enjoys his journey.
Goh Seow Chee
Chairperson, STEP (Singapore Branch), 2011-2014