Chief Executive Officer
Catherine joined the Community Foundation of Singapore (CFS) after having spent more than 20 years in the financial industry where she held various leadership positions in Nomura, Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs. Catherine started her career at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.
Since 2012, Catherine has led CFS on a strategic growth path by increasing the number of donor funds and volume of donations, as well as raising social impact through effective grant making. She works in close partnership with the Board to ensure that the organisation fulfills its vision of inspiring giving and create strategies for its future success.
Catherine started volunteering in 2004 and currently serves on various committees in Assisi Hospice, Metta Welfare Association and Telok Kurau Primary School. She joined the Temasek Polytechnic Board of Governors in 2020 and the investment committee at the Institute of Wealth Management in 2021.
Catherine holds a CFA and graduated with an Honours degree in Economics and Statistics from the National University of Singapore.
Catherine joined the company on 3 January 2012.
Assistant Director, Partnerships & Engagement
Ashley leverages her experience building B2B and B2C solutions to manage complex stewardships, enhancing the donor experience and stakeholder engagement for high-net-worth individuals and corporate donors. Her experience includes that from the National Arts Council, where she launched the Sustain the Arts (stART Fund) and led the inaugural Culture Philanthropy Summit to create mindshare and drive philanthropic capital to the arts sector. Prior to that, she was with the National Council of Social Service for 15 years, focusing on strategic planning, project management, stakeholder engagement, and stewarding CSR partnerships.
Ashley’s experience lends alternative optics to philanthropy at this critical inflexion point, as CFS work to transform our services and offer compelling opportunities for private philanthropy to realise impact goals for Singapore.
Ashley jogs in her spare time to burn away the calories from her food hunts. She readily reaches out to volunteer ad-hoc at various charity homes as well. She has a Bachelor in Arts & Social Sciences (Economics & Sociology) from the National University of Singapore.
Ashley joined the company on 14 June 2021.
Angelina heads operations at CFS. She brings with her over 20 years of experience in financial services operations, having held leadership positions in Investment and Wealth Management Operations at UBS and Bank of Singapore.
Angelina hopes to leverage her knowledge, experience, and network to streamline processes and create resource capacity at CFS. She believes that maximising organisational efficiency and effectiveness will allow CFS to scale sustainably.
In her own time, Angelina regularly volunteers at the Daughters of Tomorrow as a befriender, and at Readable as a teacher of the English Language. Beyond her professional and voluntary pursuits, Angelina is a strong believer in lifelong learning. The latest chapter of her learning journey has been Columbia Business School’s Global Banking Programme in Fintech, Digital, and Analytics.
Angelina joined the company on 2 November 2020.
Head, Partnerships & Engagement
Theresa has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, having worked in leadership positions in retail and private banking as well as asset management at Citibank, UBS and Goldman Sachs. She also co-founded a boutique asset management company.
With her wealth of experience in both relationship management and investment management, Theresa hopes to leverage on her network to promote philanthropy through partnerships with institutions, and to make an impact to the community in a tangible and meaningful way. In her free time, Theresa regularly volunteers at hydrotherapy sessions for persons with disabilities. She holds a CFA and graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Theresa joined the company on 1 May 2019.
Assistant Director, Business Risk Management
Bee Bee is part of the Operations team where she is responsible for Business Risk Management. She oversees the risk management processes across business units in CFS.
Bee Bee has more than ten years of experience in investment and wealth management banks, leading various operations teams in UBS and Bank of Singapore. With her knowledge and experience, Bee Bee seeks to enhance risk management and governance within CFS.
Bee Bee enjoys outdoor activities and travelling with her family during her free time. Bee Bee graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance major).
Bee Bee joined the company on 4 May 2021.
Assistant Director, Finance
Catherine Lee is responsible for CFS’s finance, human resources and administrative matters. She is a Certified Accountant who started her career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. Catherine has more than 15 years’ experience in finance and accounting at multinational companies. She hopes to leverage her experience to further CFS’s mission.
Catherine graduated from ACCA and is a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. As a working mother of three, her weekends are often spent with her family shopping, at parks or hunting down new attractions or food joints to visit. She also loves travelling with her family, and introducing different cultures to her kids.
Catherine joined the company on 1 June 2018.
Director, Charities & Grants
Darrel leads grantmaking at CFS, working closely in partnership with donors, non-profit organisations and communities to develop and implement impactful programmes that bring significant value to care recipients. He has more than 18 years of experience in strategy formulation, programme design and execution in the public, private and non-profit sector. This included 5 years with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre where he led the development of innovative programmes such as Colabs which brings together multi sectoral stakeholders to address complex problems in a collaborative manner.
Darrel has also driven various key policies and programmes in the Singapore Government such as the Bridging Loan Programme (BLP) under the $5.8 billion Special Risk-sharing Initiative (SRI) and the $100 million Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund which invests in maritime R&D projects and tech startups. He was previously a member of the National Working Group for the development of the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility standard.
Darrel graduated from the National University of Singapore with a major in Mechanical Engineering, and has completed an executive management programme, Financing the Entrepreneurial Business, from London Business School. He is also a certified Solution Focused executive coach.
Darrel joined the company on 27 April 2021.
Assistant Director, Partnerships & Engagement
Erni is part of the Donor Engagement & Services team, providing advisory in philanthropy planning through structured and strategic giving. Before this, Erni was part of the Charities & Grants team that identifies funding opportunities and builds networks within the philanthropy ecosystem, such as charities and social-purpose organisations.
Erni has over ten years of experience in the social service sector. As a partnership specialist in the philanthropy space, she has developed strategic collaborations in diverse capacities such as donor stewardship, fundraising, grant making and volunteer management. She was in the pioneer batch of NCSS’ 40-Under-40 initiative, recognising her as one of the young and promising social service sector leaders. She was also conferred with the SRA Excellent Service (Gold) Award, a national award recognising individuals who have delivered quality service.
Erni volunteers for HCSA Community Services and enjoys spending time with her family outside of work.
Erni holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, a Master in Non-Profit Management from SR Nathan School of Human Development, and is an award recipient of the graduate programme.
Erni joined the company on 2 December 2020.
Assistant Director, Partnerships & Engagement
Renee is an experienced account and client servicing professional with over 18 years of experience in the financial industry, most recently with Fullerton Fund Management and HSBC Asset Management. She has worked across banking and insurance segments, primarily in fund management managing institutional clients. With her vast experience in client management, Renee hopes to leverage her knowledge and expertise to enhance our donor experience and giving journey at CFS.
During her free time, she volunteers for hunger relief and believes in giving back to the community.
Renee holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and International Trade) from Victoria University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
Renee joined the company on 18 October 2021.
Executive Director, Centre for Applied Philanthropy
Joyce heads the Centre for Applied Philanthropy where she works with donors and non-profit organisations to address the critical gaps in strategic philanthropy in Singapore. Joyce has 20 years of experience in the local non-profit sector with an interest in corporate community investment and philanthropy work. With her experience, she is able to enhance the effectiveness of philanthropy to address increasingly complex social issues through discussion and collaboration with the different stakeholders.
She was previously with Salesforce.com Foundation where she managed the company’s philanthropic and employee volunteering programmes in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that, Joyce was with the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre developing initiatives that promote volunteerism and philanthropy within corporations, community groups and non-profits.
Joyce graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts Second Class (Upper) Honours degree in Southeast Asian Studies and English Literature.
Joyce joined the company on 3 March 2009.
Director, Marketing & Communications
Jenny is the Director of Marketing & Communications, who has the overall responsibility for the organisation’s MarComm & PR, Field and Digital Marketing. In this role, she works to create, oversee and implement short and long-term brand and marketing strategies that elevate public understanding of CFS as the nation’s trusted community foundation.
In this era of disruptive economy, Jenny believes that digital transformation is the game changer in marketing to raise the awareness of CFS, strengthen the engagement with our donors and partners in their giving journey and ultimately delivering greater impact to our community. Prior to Jenny’s current role, she held several marketing leadership roles in Nasdaq-listed companies such as Adobe, CA, Autodesk and Aspentech.
Jenny graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with a degree in Bachelor of Business (Hons), and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Leicester, UK.
As an art and culture advocate, Jenny volunteers her time with the National Museum of Singapore, Chou Sing Chu Foundation and Art Outreach Singapore.
Jenny joined the company on 1 May 2021.
Kwai Ying was brought in to drive and support the growth of CFS. She has more than 20 years of regional HR experience and has worked for several MNCs such as Solectron Technology, Millipore and Dow Corning.
Prior to joining CFS, Kwai Ying worked for National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre and has been a key member of the Human Resource (HR) team in driving several initiatives such as HR system implementation, Performance Management system and Total Rewards. In addition, she has also implemented succession management initiatives in the other MNCs she worked with.
Kwai Ying holds a Business Administration degree from National University of Singapore and also a professional certification on Solution Focus Coaching.
Kwai Ying joined the company on 11 August 2021.