Lily Yam

This is a Hong Kong name; Kwan is the maiden name and Yam is the married name.

Lily YAM Kwan Pui-ying (Chinese: 任關佩英, GBS, JP; born 6 July 1946) is a former top Hong Kong civil servant.

Lily Yam Kwan Pui-ying

Lily Kwan

(1946-07-06) July 6, 1946 (age 73)
British Hong Kong
EducationSacred Heart Canossian College
Alma materUniversity of Hong Kong
Harvard University
OccupationCivil Servant
Lily Yam
Traditional Chinese任關佩英
Simplified Chinese任关佩英


Lily Kwan was born in Hong Kong in 1947, the fourth of six children. She attended Sacred Heart Canossian College until 1964, and later graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1969 with a BA in English Language and Literature. After her marriage, she was known as Lily Yam. She joined the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer upon her graduation in the same year. She has served in various departments and bureaux in her civil service career, including the ICAC, the Education and Manpower Branch of the Government Secretariat, the Civil Service Branch of the Government Secretariat, the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority, the Central Policy Unit and the Secretariat for the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service.

Before taking up her appointment as the Commissioner for the Independent Commission Against Corruption in April 1997, she was Commissioner for Transport between 1995 and 1997. She headed the Environment and Food Bureau (which was later merged with the Health and Welfare Bureau to form the Health, Welfare and Food Bureau in 2002) between January 2000 and June 2002, when she retired.[1][2][3] She was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star (G.B.S.) in 2002[4] and appointed as Non-official Justices of the Peace in 2003.[5]


Yam graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1969 obtaining a BA degree in English Language and Literature and a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1984.


  1. ^ "HWFB (FEH) - Press Releases". Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  2. ^ "食物及衞生局 (食物及環境衞生科) - 新聞稿". (in Chinese). Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Lily Yam denies rift with Tung". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Civil And Miscellaneous Lists : Recipients of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Honours and Awards Grand Bauhinia Medal (G.B.M.)". Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Civil And Miscellaneous Lists : Justices of the Peace". Retrieved 9 March 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Urban Council and Regional Council
Secretary for Environment and Food
Succeeded by
Yeoh Eng-kiong
as Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food
Preceded by
Gordon Siu
as Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands
Succeeded by
Sarah Liao
as Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works
Civic offices
Preceded by
Michael Leung
Commissioner, Independent Commission Against Corruption
Succeeded by
Alan Lai
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Edmund Tse
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star
Succeeded by
Lee Shing-see
Recipients of the Gold Bauhinia Star