MS CHRISTINA CHAN
Vice Chairperson / Convenor, Communications Committee
Christina Chan, a 1981 Maryknoll graduate, has a diverse management background spanning human resources, internal communications, hospitality as well as start-up operations for mega projects. She completed a corporate leadership programme offered by the Oxford University, holds an MBA from the University of Hong Kong and an MA in Communications from the California State University, Fullerton.
Christina joined the Hong Kong Jockey Club in 1990 – a not for profit organisation with over 20,000 full-time and part-time employees. During her tenure with the Club, she held different leadership positions at the management level. Before leaving the Club in 2019, Christina was Head of HR Operations responsible for a broad spectrum of employee functions including resourcing, talent management, employee engagement, industrial relations and reward management. She also played a pivotal role in driving the overall manpower planning, development and implementation of the Club’s major strategic initiative – the successful opening of a brand new racecourse in Conghua Guangzhou in 2018 ( 150 hectare in size, equivalent to doubling the size of the Sha Tin Racecourse in HK ). Christina spearheaded the HR workstreams both in Hong Kong and Guangzhou; ensuring the built-up of a competent workforce with a customer-focused culture and aligning human resources with corporate values and business strategies.
Christina is active in public and community services. She is an appointed Board Member of the Employees Retraining Board and chairs the Management and Supervisory Training Board for the Vocational Training Council. She has served on the HK General Chamber of Commerce Manpower Committee, the Occupational Safety and Health Council and chaired the Departmental Advisory Committee for the HK Polytechnic University’s Bilingual Studies and Corporate Communications Department from 2011 to 2017.
What is your first memory of the school, (and if relevant, how did that influence you)?
I have many fond memories of the school indeed. Since the tender age of 5, I had been highly motivated to climb up the cobblestone path every morning to attend classes. There was just so much fun in learning and in making new friends; Sr Rosemary would organise us in pairs as we danced and sang : …skip, skip, skip to my lou…’ Maryknoll Sisters and teachers were great mentors and wonderful role models. Their wisdom, kindness and selfless devotion to educating young girls had been inspiring. The values have instilled in me to stay positive, to pursue excellence, to listen respectfully, to dare to speak up and last but not least, to be generous in serving and giving.
As a Councillor, what ambition or aspirations do you have?
At the helm of the Maryknoll Foundation is the Council which ensures the mission of the Maryknoll sisters is upheld. It is therefore a tall order. As a member of the Council, I shall endeavour to work in collaboration with other alums, to always have the best interests of Maryknoll students and teachers as well as the provision of quality education at our heart.
What kind of skills, knowledge, or contribution do you bring to the school as a Councillor?
I would like to leverage my professional network and relevant experience in general organisation management to contribute to the betterment and sustainable development of the school.