Board of Directors

GDS is led by a group of qualified professionals, all of whom are bound together by their love of working dogs and their empathy for the blind or vision impaired. All Board members are not paid any remuneration or director’s fees.

Chairman

Dr. Wong Hon Tym

Medical Director, NHG Eye Institute, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Clinical Director, Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Tan Tock Seng Hospital

As an eye surgeon in Singapore, I am painfully aware that there is scant community support available for those who have lost their vision. I wanted to understand and help those who are bravely forging ahead in their own lives, regardless of their vision impairment. And I love dogs, so I was honoured and delighted to be asked on board!

Dr. Wong Hon Tym and guide dog Laurie

Deputy Chairwoman & Secretary

Ms. Lee Sutton

Managing Director, Dynamic PR & Events

I wanted to give back to the local community after establishing my business here. Upon learning about the challenges faced by a blind man in using public transport and accessing public facilities, I wanted to offer my public relations experience to increase awareness of guide dogs and the important work that they do.

Ms. Shirley Patricia Sutton and guide dog Clare

Director

Mr. John Shum

Partner in King & Wood Mallesons Singapore

I have been a long-time supporter of charities for people with vision impairment, coupled with being a dedicated dog owner. Upon moving to Singapore, my involvement with GDS began with offering pro bono legal services. More recently, I have contributed to fundraising and profile-raising efforts.

I am greatly impressed by the huge impact this organisation can make in an individual’s life, not only through guide dogs but also the comprehensive Orientation and Mobility training they provide, along with their efforts in public education and outreach. It is truly an honour and privilege to have been invited to join the board.

Mr. John Shum and guide dog Laurie

Director

Dr. Lennie Lee

Managing Director, The Animal Clinic

As a veterinarian with over 42 years of experience in canine healthcare, I help to maintain the health, fitness, and alertness of the guide dogs under GDS’s purview. This ensures they can efficiently perform their roles.

Additionally, I hope to allay the fears of the general public and address any concerns they may have about guide dogs. In these ways, I can contribute to our society becoming more inclusive, compassionate, and supportive towards the vision impaired community and their guide dogs.

Dr. Lennie Lee

Director

Mr. Matthew Whittall

Finance Director, Consultant

Coming from a corporate finance background and having moved to Singapore recently, I was looking at ways to contribute to organisations that support people with disabilities. GDS immediately captured my interest, thanks to the significant support they received in Singapore because of their comprehensive Orientation and Mobility training and public awareness programmes.

It has been a privilege to volunteer and work alongside the dedicated staff at GDS. I look forward to playing a part in the expansion of guide dog teams and working towards enabling more people with vision impairment to lead independent lives.

Group photo of staff from TechnipFMC and GDS, and Mr Matthew posing for a photo while holding a large ceremonial cheque.

Director

Ms. Tan Hwei Lan

Senior Lecturer, Health & Social Sciences, Singapore Institute of Technology

Volunteering at GDS has provided me with valuable insights into the capabilities of people with vision impairment. I am consistently amazed by the tenacity they show and how, with the right resources such as guide dogs, good orientation and mobility skills, and supportive family and friends, they can lead meaningful lives and fulfil their aspirations.

Working alongside the team of board directors and staff has been a rewarding experience, and I am grateful for the lessons they have taught me and the friendships we have forged over the years.

Ms. Tan Hwei Lan and guide dog Clare

Director

Ms. Trina Tan Li Lian

Lecturer, Republic Polytechnic

I once had a neighbourhood friend who was blind. His vision impairment seemed to create a barrier, making him almost ‘hidden’ from our daily lives. Initially, blindness felt to me like a contagious disease. We were reacquainted when he entered university and I was roped in as a volunteer to read textbooks into software that translated the materials into Braille for him. The greatest gift he gave me was the realisation that we could integrate both our worlds, creating a more inclusive ‘his and my world’.

Volunteering with GDS is a wonderful possibility for me to continue building and developing the ‘this AND that’ so more opportunities can be created for a world that is both inclusive and diverse.

Ms. Trina Tan and guide dog Clare

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Ms Dawn Sim with GDS Guide Dog

Dawn Sim, Long-time supporter of GDS
My support for Guide Dogs Singapore comes from the desire to help make a difference to somebody else’s life

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Sakinah
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