About Us

Board of Directors

Straits Trading is led by an astute board of directors with a proven record in the real estate investment field. This team believes in creating value in every investment it makes and is committed to invest prudently to maximise returns for the shareholders of Straits Trading.

Chew Gek Khim

Chew Gek Khim PJG Executive Chairman
First appointed:
20 March 2008
Last re-elected:
27 April 2018

Ms Chew Gek Khim is a lawyer by training. She has been Chairman of The Straits Trading Company Limited since 24 April 2008.

Ms Chew is also Executive Chairman of the Tecity Group. She is Chairman of Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited, and sits on the Boards of ARA Asset Management Holdings Pte. Ltd. and Singapore Exchange Limited.

She is a Member of the Board of Governors of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and sits on the NUS Board of Trustees. Ms Chew was also previously a Member of the SSO Council and Securities Industry Council of Singapore.

Ms Chew graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1984. She was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in 2010, the Singapore Businessman of the Year 2014 in 2015, and the Meritorious Service Medal at the National Day Awards in 2016.

Chew Gek Hiang

Chew Gek Hiang Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed:
30 April 2008
Last re-elected:
27 April 2017

Ms Chew Gek Hiang, an accountant by training, has been with the Tecity Group, the parent company of The Straits Trading Company Limited, since 1991. As Executive Director and Head of Finance, she is actively involved in the investment activities of the Tecity Group and is responsible for its securities trading portfolio. She also oversees the human resource and administrative functions in the Tecity Group.

Currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Academy of Chinese Medicine, Singapore, Ms Chew is also a Council Member of Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in Singapore. She is also President of Noah’s Ark CARES (Companion Animal Rescue and Education Society), a non-profit animal welfare charity which champions responsible pet ownership and active sterilisation and microchipping of stray dogs and cats in Singapore.

After her graduation from the National University of Singapore in 1986, Ms Chew worked with Ernst & Whinney in Singapore for a year. She then joined Ernst & Young (London) in 1987 to pursue chartered accountancy, and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in October 1990.

Goh Kay Yong David

Goh Kay Yong David Non-Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed:
30 April 2008
Last re-elected:
26 April 2019

Mr Goh Kay Yong David is the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Strategist of the Tecity Group, the parent company of The Straits Trading Company Limited.

Mr Goh started his investment career as an Investment Analyst with Great Eastern Life in 1986, and taught at the Nanyang Technological University (“NTU”), Singapore in the Bachelor of Business Financial Analyst programme in 1991. After joining the Tecity Group in 1997, he remained from 1997 to 2003, as Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at NTU. Mr Goh also serves as Director of Stewardship Equity Pte Ltd, Commonwealth Capital Pte. Ltd. and Project Chulia Street Limited.

Mr Goh holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics from York University, Canada; a Master of Science in Management (System Dynamics, Finance and Strategy) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and is a CFA Charter holder.

Tan Tiong Cheng

Tan Tiong Cheng Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed:
1 July 2013
Last re-elected:
26 April 2019

Mr Tan Tiong Cheng was the Senior Advisor to Knight Frank Pte Ltd until 31 March 2020. He was the Executive Chairman of Knight Frank Pte Ltd’s Group of Companies until 31 March 2017 and President of Knight Frank Asia Pacific Pte Ltd until 31 March 2019. Over the last four decades, he has amassed an extensive and in-depth knowledge of real estate. He is an Independent and Non-Executive Director of UOL Group Limited and a Member of its Audit and Risk Committee. Mr Tan is the Lead Independent Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Audit Committee and Nominating Committee of Heeton Holdings Limited. He is also a Non-Executive Independent Director of Amara Holdings Limited and the Chairman of its Remuneration Committee.

A Colombo Plan Scholar, Mr Tan graduated top of his class with a Diploma in Urban Valuation from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. A Licensed Appraiser, he is also a Fellow Member of the Singapore Institute of Valuers and Surveyors, and the Association of Property and Facilities Management, an Associate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and a Senior Member of The Property Institute of New Zealand. He served as a Member of the Valuation Review Board until 30 April 2016.

Chia Chee Ming Timothy

Chia Chee Ming Timothy Lead Independent Director
First appointed:
27 February 2015
Last re-elected:
27 April 2018

Mr Chia Chee Ming, Timothy is Chairman of Hup Soon Global Corporation Private Limited. He sits on the boards of several other private and public companies, including Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd, Fraser and Neave, Limited, Singapore Power Limited, Vertex Venture Holdings Ltd, Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC, Ceylon Investment PLC, Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad and Thai Beverage Public Company Limited. He is also an Advisory Council Member of the ASEAN Business Club, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Asian Civilisations Museum and a Term Trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association. Mr Chia was a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Singapore Management University.

Mr Chia graduated with a Bachelor of Science cum laude, majoring in Management from Farleigh Dickinson University in the United States of America.

Tan Chian Khong

Tan Chian Khong Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed:
1 January 2018
Last re-elected:
27 April 2018

Mr Tan Chian Khong has approximately 35 years of experience in the audit industry. He joined Ernst & Young LLP (then known as Ernst & Whinney) in April 1981 and was a partner of the firm from July 1996 to June 2016. Currently he is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad, listed on Bursa Malaysia, Xinghua Port Holdings Ltd, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Hong Leong Asia Ltd and CSE Global Limited. He is a Board member of Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore and SMRT Corporation Ltd, and volunteers as the Honorary Executive Director of Trailblazer Foundation Ltd.

Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore and he is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

Chua Tian Chu

Chua Tian Chu Independent and Non-Executive Director
First appointed:
1 January 2018
Last re-elected:
27 April 2018

Mr Chua Tian Chu was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Meritus Hotels & Resorts from 2012 to 2013. Prior to this, Mr Chua held the positions of Executive Vice President of International Sector and Greater China Region, as well as Head, Global Financial Institutions Group of United Overseas Bank Limited, and Managing Director and Head of Investment Finance of Citigroup Private Bank (Asia Pacific Region) as well as Head of Citigroup Corporate Banking in Singapore. He was also formerly the Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of Far East Orchard Limited (then known as Orchard Parade Holdings Limited).

Mr Chua holds a Master in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, a Master in Theological Studies (magna cum laude) from the Asia Theological Center, and a Master of Divinity from the East Asia School of Theology. Mr Chua also has a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the National University of Singapore. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.