Conceptualization of an English Manor
Our Advisory Board
Materialization of the actual Charis Manor
Charis Manor established a Professional Advisory Board on 2 February 2022 to provide guidance to the senior management team on safe and quality care delivery, education and future planning.
This Advisory Board is led by Mr Hawazi Daipi, the Chairman and supported by Dr Thomas Chong as the Lead Member and Ms Lynn Chow as the Member.
Mr Hawazi Bin Daipi
Mr Hawazi Bin Daipi, appointed as the Chairman of our Advisory Board, is currently Singapore's Non-Resident Representative to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Non-Resident High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana.
On the social front, Mr Hawazi is Chairman of the National Council Against Drug Abuse. Mr Hawazi also serves as a member of Lee Kuan Yew Bilingual Fund Board and the National Committee on Prevention, Rehabilitation and Recidivism. Mr Hawazi is also Advisor to Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST) and Advisor to Malay Youth Literary Association (4PM).
Mr Hawazi was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Sembawang Group Representation Constituency for four times from December 1996 to August 2015. Mr Hawazi was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary and later, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministries of Education, Manpower and Health from 2001 to 2015. As an MP, Mr Hawazi had also served as Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower (1999 to 2001). He was also Acting Vice-Chairman of the London-based Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (2001 to 2003).
Mr Hawazi had also served as Chairman of Sembawang Town Council from 2003 to 2015. His other working experiences included the following: Director of the International Affairs Department in the National Trades Union Congress (1997 to 2001), Executive Secretary of the Port of Singapore Authority Workers' Union (1997 to 2001) and Executive Secretary of the Singapore Manual and Mercantile Workers' Union (1997 to 2001).
Mr Hawazi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Geography from the University of Singapore, and also obtained a Diploma in Education from the Institute of Education.
Dr Thomas Chong
Dr Thomas Chong is the Lead Member of the Advisory Board at Charis Manor Nursing Home.
A Fellow of Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Thomas served on the Singapore Government Parliamentary Committee Resource Panel in the early 2000s and is currently a Member of the National Council Against Drug Abuse.
A former trainer of police trainers, Thomas is also a certified Trainer for Adventure Learning, Experiential Learning, Problem-based Learning and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He completed his National Service in the Singapore Artillery as a Regimental Sergeant Major before extending his service as a Consultant to Headquarters Singapore Artillery.
Thomas has served in the public sector (5 different Ministries and statutory boards including PMO), private sector (including Apple, IBM World Trade Asia, IBM ASEAN, IBM Singapore and a dot.com that listed on the Malaysian stock exchange) and the charity sector. A multiple-award winner at IBM including the IBM Asia-Pacific President's Award 1998, IBM ASEAN and IBM Singapore, Thomas co-led the provision of e-learning content of his former e-learning company to all schools during the 2003 school closure (April 1-10), with the support of IBM, the Singapore Ministry of Education and the then Infocomm Development Authority. He had also conceptualised and ran the program for Singapore’s first Computer Playground that promoted computer literacy to 80,000 Singaporeans in the late 1990s, under government agency funding.
Fluent in Malay, Bahasa and English, Thomas' 3 books raised funds for charity e.g. "Singapore My Home" launched by then-Minister for National Development Mr Khaw Boon Wan. Other books he edited included "Tun Mahathir's Legacy", commissioned by Perdana Leadership Foundation, Malaysia and produced by Malaysia’s largest group of franchised private kindergartens, Krista.
Active in grassroots organisations since 2000, appointed by People's Association, Thomas was honoured with a Most Outstanding Grassroots Leader Award in 2016 by then-Advisor to Marsiling Grassroots Organisations, Madam Halimah Yacob, President of Singapore. Thomas also currently serves as an International Advisor with Top10Asia (Malaysia).
As a pioneer Deputy Director of the then-Workforce Development Agency back in 2004 (recently restructured as Workforce Singapore and Skills Singapore), Thomas conceptualised and ran the inaugural training workshop series for Directors of Nursing in 2004/5. Trained in Psychology, Thomas had worked with homes for seniors in northern Minnesota and used his post-graduate training in Curriculum and Instruction to address cognitive development of seniors. A chess player and Life Member of the Singapore Chess Federation, Thomas had also served as Recruitment Director (Volunteer) at the Association for Gifted Children, Singapore.
His PhD research areas include preschool education, technology, parental involvement and indigenous (Malay) studies. Thomas is completing his third Master’s degree, the Master’s in Guidance and Counselling at James Cook University.
Ms Lynn Chow
Ms Lynn Chow is the Executive Chairman, CEO and Advisory Member of Charis Manor. She is also the founder and the CEO of CSM Academy International, a private education institute established since 2005 which specializes in healthcare education.
Before setting up CSM Academy, she has worked in various American Multinational Corporations, specifically Ogilvy & Mather, Digital Equipment and Compaq Computers. When in the IT corporations, she was responsible for the service management and marketing functions spanning Asia Pacific and Greater China.
She has also lectured part-time at Singapore Polytechnic in their Advanced Diploma in Sales & Marketing to working adults. She has also managed the operations of the Marketing Institute of Singapore (MIS), a not-for-profit education institute shortly after her graduation.
As such, she understands and appreciates the importance and dynamics of training in ensuring the smooth operations of any organisation. Her multiple roles in both Charis Manor and CSM Academy will enable her to integrate the continual learning culture into Charis Manor to ensure the sustainability of quality standards
in the homes which Charis Manor will grow in the region in years to come.
She has a Master in Business in International Marketing from Curtin University and studied for her Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of Calgary in Canada.