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Mrs Carrie Yau, GBS, JP


Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law, Northumbria University
Bachelor of Social Sciences and Master of Arts of the University of Hong Kong
Industrial Fellow, University of Warwick, UK
Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS)
Justice of the Peace (JP)

Mrs Carrie Yau was appointed on 1 January 2013 as the Executive Director of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), a statutory body established under VTC Ordinance, with responsibilities for promoting vocational and professional education and training (VPET) as well as furthering the development of the Council.

As the Executive Director of Hong Kong’s largest public organisation in VPET, Mrs Yau administers a HK$5 billion budget and leads 6,000 staff members offering some 200,000 learners every year including 50,000 full-time students the opportunity to upgrade themselves with the acquisition of valuable vocational credentials.

Mrs Yau is committed to promoting skills excellence, youth development, forging strategic partnership with industry and international cooperation.  Under her leadership, the VTC has taken forward new initiatives including internationalisation programmes; technology enhanced training; new STEM centres and BIMiHub; the VPET International Conference 2017; WorldSkills Hong Kong Competition cum Carnival 2014 & 2017; VTC Earn & Learn Scheme to meet manpower demands in major industries; and establishment of the International Culinary Institute as well as a new campus for the degree awarding Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) in 2019.

Mrs Yau has served on numerous boards and committees in the commerce, industry and education sectors. Currently, she is the Official Delegate of WorldSkills Hong Kong.  In recognition of her significant contribution to STEM education, Mrs Yau was awarded the honorary title of Industrial Fellow by the University of Warwick in 2017.

Mrs Yau started her career as an Administrative Officer in the Hong Kong Government in 1977.  She then worked in major policy areas including security, building and lands, education and manpower, transport, health and food safety.  She was Deputy Secretary for Security from 1995 to 1997, Director of Administration from 1997 to 2000, Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting from 2000 to 2002, Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food from 2002 to 2007, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs from 2007 to 2010. The major assignments handled by Mrs Yau included crisis management of Vietnamese Boat People, SARS, avian flu; and coordination of international events like 2000 ITU Telecom Asia, 2008 Olympic Equestrian Events and 2009 East Asian Games. She continues her public service as a Member of Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority Council, Employees Retraining Board, Hong Kong Productivity Council, Advisory Committee on Corruption and Commission on Poverty.