UON Singapore Board of Directors
UON Singapore's Board of Directors is a team of appointed members who jointly oversee the activities put in place for the organisation. Each member plays an important role in the strategic direction and operational decisions of UON Singapore.
Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President Global Engagement and Partnerships
Chair, UON Singapore
Professor Kevin Hall has had a distinguished academic career holding senior academic leadership roles in universities in Australia and Canada, most recently as the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Global Engagement and Partnerships). In this role he is responsible for global engagement, strategic partnerships, and leading the University’s international student and global mobility activities.
Formerly he was the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Newcastle and prior to that he was the Vice-President for Research and External Partnerships at the University of Guelph in Ontario. Professor Hall studied a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at Queen's University in Canada, and completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia.
He has held senior academic leadership positions at Queen's University Canada including founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Water and the Environment, and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada University Research Fellow. Professor Hall carries out trans-disciplinary research across a number of major themes including water quality modelling, development of environmental monitoring and pathogen detection systems, syndromic surveillance, and water and health in marginalized communities. Professor Hall holds a number of international patents and has developed associated start-ups. His research has been incorporated into Engineering Design Manuals both nationally and internationally.
Professor Hall has spearheaded UON’s entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives, leading the establishment of the Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) of five innovation incubators across the Newcastle, Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions. He was also instrumental in securing $9.8 million in funding from the NSW Government for the Hunter Innovation Project, including UON’s new Innovation Hub to be built in the Newcastle CBD.
A highly respected leader in the Australian higher education sector, Professor Hall has been appointed to the Australian Research Council Advisory Council. He has also taken on a national role in developing industry and innovation policy, serving as an invited member of the Australian Research Council’s steering committee for Industry Engagement and Impact Metrics. He is also a founding board member of the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and a member of the NSW Minister for Health’s China Advisory Committee.
Professor Hall has been a board member for the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, Intersect (Australia), Newcastle Innovation (Australia), Hunter Medical Research Institute (Australia), Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (Australia), Cooperative Research Centre - Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment, Cooperative Research Centre High Performance Soils, Bioconversion Network; TRIUMF (Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics), C4 Network (Technology transfer consortium), Canadian Bovine Mastitis Network, Guelph-Waterloo Biotechnology Partnership, the Accelerator Centre, SHARCNET (high performance computing network), Allergen (Canadian Centre of Excellence), Pathogen Detection Systems (spin-off company) and the Lifestyle Research Network
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Singapore
Chief Executive Officer, UON Singapore
Professor Sally Chan is a global healthcare educator and researcher with more than 25 years’ experience in the university sector. She played an integral role in promoting the University’s nursing and healthcare research globally through developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with research partners in universities, hospitals and health providers in countries all over the world including Singapore, Thailand, China, Europe and the United Kingdom. Having featured in more than 400 international publications and presentations, Professor Chan’s passion for combining research, education and practice has significantly impacted nursing education, mental healthcare policy and service delivery across the globe.
In her previous role as Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Professor Chan has led significant achievements in the School over the past five years, including improving School’s global standing, ranking in the top 50 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 and increasing the School’s international student numbers.
In her new role as Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle Singapore, Professor Chan brings with her an outstanding track record in building international partnerships that will help create new opportunities for the University of Newcastle in this important region.
Professor Chan has been honored for her significant contributions to healthcare. In 2013, she was inducted into the ‘International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame’ by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
In 2018, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Hong Kong College of Mental Health Nursing; and the Research Supervision Excellence Award from the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle. In 2017, she was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for her significant achievement and contribution to nursing development and Hong Kong community. In 2016, she received the University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement; and the Faculty of Health and Medicine International Award for her exceptional achievement in building and sustaining international relations and engagement for the University.
Her extensive list of accolades also includes the Chinese University of Hong Kong 'Teacher of the Year' awards in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and the 'Master Teacher' in 2007 by the institute's Faculty of Medicine.
Dr Mike Gray
Dr Mike Gray is an Independent Director of a number of listed companies. He was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore and also the Territorial Senior Partner for Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos). Mr Gray also spent 10 years in the shipping industry as a ships officer in the Merchant Navy. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Maritime Studies from Plymouth University, a Masters of Arts in South East Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore and Doctor of Business (Honoris Causa) from the University of Newcastle in Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Singapore Institute of Directors.
Dr Gray is a Singapore citizen and has held many positions in Boards of Voluntary Welfare Organisations. He has also served on a number of government committees. He is currently is chairman of the audit committee and was formerly Chairman of the Ang Mo Kio Family Service Centres. He is also the founding President of PAVE (Promoting Alternatives to Violence) and Secretary of the Event for the Singapore Grand Prix for the first 10 years of the event in Singapore. He was also involved for many years in grassroots organisations.
Mr Tao Yeoh Chi
Yeoh Chi started working in 1976 in the Administrative Service of the Government of Singapore. He worked in Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Communications and Information and the Prime Minister's Office holding various senior positions. In 1985/86, he was seconded to Temasek Holdings to be its Hong Kong wholly-owned subsidiary's General Manager.
In 1988, he left the Public Service to pursue his career in the private sector. From 1988 to 1999, he worked for large Singapore multi-national companies in print media sector (Times Publishing Ltd) and also in the high-end manufacturing sector (Singapore Technologies Pte Ltd). He comes with a strong background in human resources management. In June 1999, he joined Media Corporation of Singapore. He helped in the re-structuring of the broadcasting media in Singapore. He left MediaCorp as Executive VP (Corporate) in March 2002.
He was awarded the Colombo Plan Scholarship in 1971 and INSEAD Executive Programme Scholarship in 1983.
- Director, ST Telecommunication (Beijing) Ltd
- Independent Director, Singapore eDevelopment Ltd
Ms Sandra Davie
Ms Sandra Davie, Senior Education Correspondent of The Straits Times joined the newspaper after teaching English Literature and General Paper at a junior college for a few years. As a young reporter, she covered a range of topics from health to religious cults and education, given her background. She honed her investigative journalism skills further at The Philadelphia Inquirer on a Knight Ridder fellowship. Upon her return she joined a special report team and went on to write many award winning stories on a range of issues. She was made education correspondent in 1998 and has since written extensively on education issues from pre-school to higher education. She has won several in-house awards including Feature of the Year and Story of the Year for her education stories.
Sandra shares her expertise with educators and parents through university boards, school talks and informal meet-up sessions. She fields parents' queries through the regular Ask Sandra columns, produces video clips to explain schemes and help parents make informed decisions in addition to her regular opinion pieces on education.
Sandra has a BA from the National University of Singapore and a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mr Bill Chua
Bill Chua has served on local and foreign boards for the past twenty years. He is currently an Independent Director on the boards of IES-INCA Pte Ltd, United Hampshire US REIT Management Pte Ltd, Sunseap Group Pte Ltd, Citibank Singapore Limited, and BoardRoom Executive Services Pte Ltd, and a Managing Partner and Director of Green Sands Equity Inc. Previously he had served on the boards of Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited, Jurong International, Clearing and Payments Services Pte Ltd, DSO National Laboratories, Defence Science & Technology Agency and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd, and CLS AG.
Bill retired from United Overseas Bank (UOB) as the Managing Director and Head Global Financial Institution Group in November 2014 after thirty-four years of a successful and distinguished career in the financial services sector. He was also on the boards of several affiliates and subsidiaries of UOB. Given his extensive banking experience, and engineering background, he is often called upon to provide the oversight for the Governance, Risk & Compliance functions on the boards he is on, and to advise on business and financial strategies, and issues relating to technology, operations and processes.
Bill is active in the financial, education and social communities. He chaired the sub committees on operations at the Association of Banks in Singapore, and the Singapore Foreign Exchange Markets Committee. He was a member of the Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business Advisory Board, a resource member of the Parliamentary Committees for the Ministries of Finance and Trade & Industry, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence. He is currently on the Board of Governors at SAFRA National Service Association, and the honorary advisor to the Investment Committee at the Association. He is also currently a member of the Investment Committee at the Singapore University of Technology & Design. He was awarded the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2004, and the Public Service Star (BBM) in 2016 by the Government of Singapore.
Bill was a Colombo Plan Scholar. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Engineering Hons Class 1 from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is a Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Directors, and at the Institution of Engineers, Singapore.
Mr Jaspal Singh
Jaspal Singh started his career with the Singapore Government Administrative Service (1978-2004), serving in the Ministries of Transport, Finance and Trade & Industry and on the Boards of various statutory bodies and Government-linked corporates.
Key appointments held include Director of Budget and Deputy Secretary in the Ministries of Finance and Transport. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1998 and the Long Service medal in 2003 for 25 years of service.
This was followed by a 14-year stint in the private sector based in London as CEO, ComfortDelGro (UK & Ireland), where he led the growth of ComfortDelGro’s network of bus, coach, taxi, private hire and engineering businesses in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. For his corporate accomplishments abroad, he was voted “Outstanding Overseas Executive of the Year, 2017” at the Annual Singapore Business Awards in April 2018.
Jaspal was born into a Sikh family in 1953 in New Delhi, the 5th child of Gurbachan Singh and Amrit Kaur (refugees from Pakistan in 1947). He grew up in Kuala Lumpur prior to under-graduate studies on a Colombo Plan scholarship at the University of Newcastle, Australia (1973-77) and post-graduate studies (sponsored by the Singapore Government) at Harvard University (MPA, Kennedy School of Government, 1984-85, and AMP, Harvard Business School, Fall 2003).
Jaspal is currently Senior Advisor to SMRT Corporation Ltd and SPH Group. He sits on the Governing Council of the Singapore Institute of Directors and is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies at the LKY School of Public Policy.