Appointment of Auditor General (7 Jan 2019)

Prime Minister's Office | 7 January 2019

Mr Willie Tan Yoke Meng will retire as Auditor-General on 8 February 2019 on completion of his term of appointment. Ms Goh Soon Poh will be appointed Auditor-General on the same date.

 

Mr Willie Tan Yoke Meng will retire as Auditor-General on 8 February 2019 on completion of his term of appointment. Ms Goh Soon Poh will be appointed Auditor-General on the same date and she will relinquish her Deputy Secretary appointments in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Mr Willie Tan

Mr Willie Tan

Mr Willie Tan, 63, has contributed 45 years of public service, including the last 6 years as Auditor-General.

Mr Tan started his career in the Singapore Armed Forces in 1974 after studying Engineering on an SAF Overseas Scholarship. He served in the SAF till 1989. Thereafter, Mr Tan took on various appointments in the Public Service, including roles in the Ministry of National Development, and the Public Service Division. In 1997, Mr Tan was appointed Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Health and in 1999, concurrently as Chief Executive Officer, Health Corporation of Singapore. From 2002, Mr Tan was the Chief Executive Officer, Central Provident Fund Board and from 2005, he was Deputy Secretary (Administration), Ministry of Defence.

Mr Tan was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1994 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2010.

In February 2013, Mr Tan was appointed Auditor-General. During his term, he led the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) to re-shape and sharpen its audit strategy, and to enhance public accountability and strengthen financial governance. AGO sharpened its focus on the quality of audit and clarity in communicating its findings. Mr Tan introduced a new approach of thematic audits, enabling AGO to carry out more in-depth audits of selected areas and to highlight both lapses and positive learning points.

To help build and strengthen AGO’s talent pool, Mr Tan introduced the Auditing Service scholarship in 2014 and supported the launch of the PSC Scholarship (Public Finance) in 2018. He set the tone for AGO to be a more professional and progressive national audit institution, emphasizing continuous professional development and high auditing standards. He also introduced initiatives to prepare the organisation for the future, including harnessing technology and data analytics.

Head Civil Service Leo Yip extended his appreciation to Mr Tan for his 45 years of public service and his 6 years of leadership in the Auditor-General’s Office.

Ms Goh Soon Poh

Ms Goh Soon Poh

Ms Goh Soon Poh, 56, has contributed 34 years of dedicated service in the Singapore public sector.

Ms Goh studied Economics at Cambridge University on an Overseas Merit Scholarship. She started her civil service career in 1984.

She has served as Deputy Secretary in a range of Ministries, namely the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance, Public Service Division, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office.

She has been Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs since 2009. In her current role as Deputy Secretary (Corporate) at MHA, she oversees finance, procurement and internal audit matters. In 2016, she was appointed concurrently as Deputy Secretary (Security Co-ordination), Prime Minister’s Office to assist the Permanent Secretary to oversee the work of the National Security Coordination Secretariat and the Elections Department.

Ms Goh was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2000 and the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 2015.

Ms Goh will relinquish her Deputy Secretary appointments on her appointment as Auditor-General.

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
7 JANUARY 2019

Governance