• Lighthouse Club Hong Kong welcomes Ada Fung as its new President

    29 May 2018

    Cordia Yu, Chairperson, and members of the Hong Kong Committee are honoured that Ada Y S Fung accepted their invitation to be Honorary President of the Lighthouse Club Hong Kong with effect from the beginning of this year.

    Ada Fung BBS, JP is an Architect by profession. She is an active member of the Architectural field as well as the construction industry in Hong Kong.

    As the recently retired Deputy Director of Housing, she supervised the Development & Construction Division of the Housing Department, overseeing all facets of public housing development. Her duties covered project management, planning, design and contract management, as well as establishing operational policies on procurement, design, construction, quality, performance assessment, dispute resolution, research and development, safety and the environment. She also promoted partnering, value management, risk management, ethical integrity, site safety, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, community engagement, green building and Building Information Modeling and product certification in the industry.

    She is the past Chairperson of the Architects Registration Board (2010/11 – 2011/12), President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (2013 – 2014) and Chairperson of the APEC Architect Monitoring Committee of Hong Kong (2012/13 – 2014/15). She is also a recipient of the Lighthouse Club Hong Kong’s Golden Helmet Award 2012.

    The Housing Authority, as it is known today, first came to prominence in the 1950s when a large squatter fire left more than 50,000 people homeless overnight. Temporary two-storey accommodation was built immediately to provide shelter and some three years later North Point Estate, the first low-cost housing estate in Hong Kong was completed. By 1971 the first public housing estate, complete with shopping malls, bus terminus and other community initiatives was built. In 1972 the then government announced a Ten-year Housing Programme which was to provide accommodation for 1.8 million people. By 1981, however, the number of people living in public housing estates had reached 2 million and so the programme was extended for a further 5 years. Since then the Housing Authority has become more transparent and further programmes like the Housing Subsidy Policy, Estate Management Advisory Committee, Tenants Purchase Scheme and Buy or Rent Option were introduced and implemented throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The last of the Temporary Housing Areas, which had been in existence since the 1950s was cleared in 2001.

    A number of maintenance schemes were launched in the mid 2000s in order to refurbish older buildings and ensure adequate services, like water, were in good repair. Keeping the population safe and well is the highest priority.

    Similarly, the aims and objectives of the Lighthouse Club resonate with Ada:

    “As a keen driver for total quality plus safety and health at work in the construction industry, I am privileged and delighted to be the Honorary President of Lighthouse Club’s Hong Kong Branch this year, having retired from my official capacity as Deputy Director of Housing at the end of 2017.

    When I was a young professional in the late 1980s, I always admired the noble contribution by the Lighthouse Club in Hong Kong, for saving lives and preventing injuries. Over the past few decades, I have witnessed the evolution and growth of the Lighthouse Club in Hong Kong. The introduction of “Women in Construction” and “Young Members” Groups are vivid examples of success, for better engagement of stakeholders.

    As a recipient of the Lighthouse Club’s Golden Helmet Award, it is my firm belief that we must inculcate a culture of safety and corporate social responsibility in the construction industry and its workforce throughout the supply chain. I hope that our work in the Lighthouse Club will serve as a catalyst to accelerate this change of mindset and culture.

    According to the ‘Vision Zero’ developed by International Social Security Association (ISSA), all accidents, diseases and harm at work are preventable. Let us join hands to apply the seven golden  rules and achieve a target of zero accidents, for the betterment of the industry in the years to come!”

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