Director of Architectural Services Winnie Ho tipped to be next housing secretary

Director of Architectural Services Winnie Ho Wing-yin is tipped to join the new government cabinet as the city's housing secretary with the current Transport and Housing Bureau being revamped into two separate policy bureaus, according to sources.

Ho joined the government as an architect in 1992. Since then her career has been closely associated with the development of public buildings, infrastructure and urban planning of Hong Kong.

She was posted to the Development Bureau in 2010 and assumed the post as the Deputy Head of Energizing Kowloon East Office of the Development Bureau in 2012. She became the director of the Architectural Services Department in 2020.

As for the new Transport Bureau which will also focus on the logistics industry, it will be headed by former Permanent Secretary for Development Lam Sai-hung.

Lam joined the government in 1986 as an Assistant Engineer. He was promoted to Chief Engineer in 2009, and to Principal Government Engineer in 2014. In 2015, he became the Project Manager (Hong Kong Island and Islands) of the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD).

He was the Director of CEDD from 2016 until his appointment as Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) in October 2018. He retired last year.

Sources also added Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing will not stay for another term in the office and will be replaced by his subordinate Under Secretary Tse Chin-wan.

Tse joined the former Environmental Protection Agency in 1985 which was subsequently reorganized in 1986 to become the current Environmental Protection Department. He was appointed as a Deputy Director of Environmental Protection in 2013 and subsequently as the Under Secretary for the Environment in August 2017.