Lock Hong Quan

Lock Hong Quan
Senior Assistant Director (Town Councils)
Housing Division
On Secondment to the Ministry of National Development (MND)

Master of Philosophy in Economics, University of Cambridge
Philosophy, Politics & Economics, University of Oxford

I am currently on secondment at the Ministry of National Development and I help to regulate Town Councils and the use of common spaces in HDB estates. This portfolio is wide-ranging and diverse. As a regulator, I set standards and assess the Town Councils’ performance in municipal services and their overall governance. Separately, I also work with inter-agency teams that collaborate with Town Councils to improve facilities in HDB estates. Recent initiatives that I have worked on include the rollout of the Digital Display Panels at HDB lift lobbies and the rules governing the usage of Personal Mobility Devices in the housing estates. I am also the policy lead for COVID-19 related matters in the HDB common areas, and I work with Town Councils to ensure the safe reopening of our community spaces. My role is dynamic and fast-paced, with direct access to Top Management. I have grown tremendously in my time here. 


Job rotation is a key aspect of your career development as an HDB scholar. I started at an HDB Branch and was exposed to a wide spectrum of work, such as optimising the distribution of parking lots in the estate, and overseeing the installation of elder-friendly facilities in the flats of elderly residents. I subsequently took on the role of a market analyst, which is an exciting role for any aspiring economist or statistician. I leverage cutting-edge advances in machine learning and econometrics to understand trends related to the public housing market. I also build simulation models to estimate the potential impact of proposed policy changes under different scenarios. 


If you are looking for a meaningful career, come join us in shaping our housing estates into harmonious and lively communities!