SAF Inspector-General Takes Over As ECDA CEO, Will Oversee Preschool Sector

1st SAF Inspector-General Tan Chee Wee Appointed As New ECDA CEO

Ex-military personnel taking on new roles after their army stints is nothing new. Some have taken the political route while others oversee the national press.

Now, the first inspector-general at the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is set to take over as CEO of the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

According to The Straits Times (ST), Mr Tan Chee Wee was appointed CEO-designate on 1 Sep.

Replaces Ms Jamie Ang as ECDA CEO

Mr Tan will be replacing current CEO, Jamie Ang, who has been heading ECDA since 2019.


In her time there, she has led ECDA’s efforts in working with the preschool sector to keep staff and students safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She also helped to implement programmes to improve access to quality and affordable preschools, noted ST.

This was done through enhanced subsidies that came into effect last year.

BG Tan Chee Wee joined SAF in 1993

Meanwhile, Mr Tan first joined the SAF in 1993 as an air traffic controller in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).


During his time there, he held several positions including:

  • Inspector-General of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)
  • SAF Chief of Staff – Joint Staff
  • Director of joint operations
  • Commander of air defence and operations command
  • Director of the policy office
  • Defence attache in Washington

Mr Tan reportedly set up the Inspector-General’s Office to bolster SAF’s management systems and safety governance.

His operational experience in all his roles will hopefully position Mr Tan well to lead ECDA and the preschool community in the transition towards Covid-19 resilience.

In his new role, Mr Tan will also help to improve the accessibility, affordability, and quality of preschools in Singapore. He will officially assume the CEO role from 15 Dec.

Wealth of experience puts him in good stead

While the transition from the military to preschools may be odd to some, we shouldn’t understate Mr Tan’s wealth of experience.

We hope that the transition will be a smooth one for all parties involved.

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