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» Message from David Lee, President,

Association of Professional Trainers (Singapore)
 
The Association with Growing Significance

The Association of Professional Trainers, Singapore (APTS) has grown steadily both in form and in substance since its formation. With Singapore striving to be the Global Education Hub, the relevance and significance of APTS will grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years.

The uniqueness of APTS lies in the make up of its members. Today we have an increasing pool of experienced trainers from various industries coming together to share expertise and best practices. The monthly Networking & Training Workshops have been running successfully and receiving excellent feedbacks. The spirit of sharing, collaboration and friendship has not only attracted increasing number of practising trainers but aspiring ones as well.

Our next bold step is to play a significant role in contributing towards making Singapore the Global Education Hub. The key significance is to develop our own Singapore brand. APTS is looking into working with government agencies such as the Ministry Of Manpower and Ministry Of Education to develop Singapore’s own Accreditation Programme for Professional Trainers. The Hub identity will be significantly strengthened when Singapore carries authority in subject matters.

With the excitements ahead, I would like to acknowledge that it is the members who have brought the APTS thus far. My sincere appreciation goes especially to the Executive Committee whose selfless and professional contributions have been evident. Let’s continue to grow as an individual, as an association and as a nation.

Yours sincerely
 
David Lee
APTS President
2010/2012


» About Us

The Association of Professional Trainers (Singapore) or the APTS is a registered society established in Singapore. It was registered with the Registry of Societies, Singapore on 29th April 2006, (ROS Ref. No. 2063/2006) / (UEN: T06SS0121B).
 
Its objective is to help its members who are professional trainers, or who are aspiring to be professional trainers, achieve higher standards through its programmes that are dedicated to exposing them to a wide array of training practices from all disciplines. 
 
The aim of these programmes is to enable its registered members and guests to network and gain insights into the skills, disciplines and creativity of fellow professionals in the field of training. 
 
The APTS is governed by its members through the elected Executive Committee headed by its President and guided by its Constitution. An Annual General Meeting is held in accordance to the Constitution. 
 
Membership in the APTS is by application on a prescribed registration form and the payment of the required fee and annual subscription. The APTS Executive Committee will decide on the acceptability of each application for membership and reserves the right to accept or reject any application for membership.

APTS Values were; Genuine + Professional + Integrity
APTS aims to establish practices, standards and personal habits amongst its members that are Genuine, Professional and imbued with Integrity, or GPI for short.

This GPI philosophy which the APTS will promote has to become the cornerstone upon which all its members will build a strong and cohesive body of Professional Trainers who are firmly dedicated to professionalism and integrity.

To achieve these goals, the APTS will conduct organised activities that will aim to benefit its members through continuous professional development programmes, exposure to a wide range of professional trainers and speakers, and introduce potential customers to its membership.

To measure its practices, the APTS will also aim to garner feedback and push for continuous improvements from within its ranks in order to set ever-improving standards constantly.

 

» Our Founding Members
The Founding Members of Association of Professional Trainers, Singapore are;
David Lee
Principal Consultant, Luminaries Lab Pte Ltd
David Lee is known to be one of the youngest authorities in the training industry. He has trained, coached and spoken to thousands in Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China. His participants include professionals such as top management, doctors, lawyers and lecturers from MNC to top institutions. David is invited for his expertise in three areas namely Professional Presentation Mastery, Influential Leadership and Transformational Business Management. In addition to his Honours Degree in Engineering from NUS, David is also an accredited Human Behaviour Consultant with the Leadership Institute of America. He is also a Certified Professional Trainer with the International Professional Managers Association, UK. His belief in training has led him to become a coach for trainers and speakers

John Teo
Freelance Trainer
Breaking New Frontiers Consultancy Pte Ltd

John Teo is a Director and Principle Consultant of Breaking New Frontiers Consultancy Pte Ltd. He has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Certified Professional Behavioural Analyst (DISC) and a Certified Professional Trainer from IPMA, UK. John specialises in management training and consults in ISO certification. He has more than 25 years of working experience in senior management and in sales and marketing of technical products locally and overseas. He has worked for an MNC, various SME's and was a partner in a precision engineering company. Therefore he can relate to real life experiences in those areas that he is training or consulting. John is the President of the Singapore Branch of The International Brotherhood of Magicians. He frequently uses magic in his presentation not only to enliven the audience, but also to bring out important learning principles in a fun way.


Patrick Tan
Security/Criminalogy Consultant & Trainer

Patrick Tan is a retired senior police officer with extensive experiences in both the routine and Crime investigations in the various Police Divisions.  He served in other specialized Units in the Singapore Police Force, such as Traffic Accidents Investigation Branch, Riot Squad Units, Prosecution Branch as a Court Prosecutor and Security Branch as a Senior Officer (escorting) the then Prime Minister, presently Minister Mentor, and other visiting VVIPS. He was a Corporate Security and Fire Safety Manager with extensive exposures in security and fire-safety related in the Hospitality, Retail, High-rise, Shopping Complexes and a Medical Centre.  In a few of the organizations, he was instrumental in setting up or revamping the Security Department.Patrick is a veteran member of the Toastmasters International and has extensive training experiences in both the Singapore Police Force and in the corporate sectors. Patrick Tan holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration (USA) and achieved nine Distinctions, including the module on Global Terrorism.


» Symbolic of APTS Logo
 
The APTS Logo is symbolic of the Association's mission to build a Genuine, Professional and Integrity association.
     
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represents the vibrancy of the Association.
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represents the professionalism and the prestige of the people within the Association.
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represents the stylish and trendy nature of the Association.
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reflects strongly that the Association has structure and order.

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represents the energy of every individual which will achieve new heights in the training profession.
   

» The CONSTITUTION of APTS
    Click here for APTS Constitution
   

» Our Executive Committee (2010/2012)

Immediate Past President (2006/2008)
Mark Chin
ATA Architects Pte Ltd

Mark Chin is a Registered Architect practising in Singapore. Graduating in 1986 from the National University of Singapore with a double-degree, he is Managing Director of the practice of ATA Architects Pte. Ltd. with 22 years of experience in projects in Singapore, Indonesia, China and India. He is the founding President of the Association of Professional Trainers, Singapore. Currently, he is also an external tutor in Construction Technology at the National University of Singapore.

President
David Lee
Principal Consultant, Luminaries Lab Pte Ltd

David Lee is known to be one of the youngest authorities in the training industry. He has trained, coached and spoken to thousands in Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China. His participants include professionals such as top management, doctors, lawyers and lecturers from MNC to top institutions. David is invited for his expertise in three areas namely Professional Presentation Mastery, Influential Leadership and Transformational Business Management. In addition to his Honours Degree in Engineering from NUS, David is also an accredited Human Behaviour Consultant with the Leadership Institute of America. He is also a Certified Professional Trainer with the International Professional Managers Association, UK. His belief in training has led him to become a coach for trainers and speakers


Vice President
Paul Campbell
Knowledge Transfer Manager, Customer Care SEAP, Nokia Pte Ltd

Paul Campbell oversea the design, development and delivery of after sales training services for Nokia's service partners in SEAP, in addition to managing key relationships with various standard bodies in the region. Paul has more than 35 years' experience in designing, developing and delivering training solutions across the telecoms industry. Prior to joining Nokia in 1995, Paul worked in various learning and leadership roles at British Telecom (UK). He holds a Bachelor's degree in Materials Physics from the Open University in United Kingdom, and is a certified assessor from the UK National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). His training experience spans telecom switching networks; safety for external works; retail and channel sales development; technology marketing and customer service. He recently delivered a lecture for APTS on "Right and Left Brain Thinking" and has been a facilitator for "7 Habits" and "Up Your Service" programmes. When not working or studying, Paul enjoys sailing and jogging.


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Secretary
Esther Tan
Guidance Specialist
Ministry of Education, Headquarter

Esther Tan is an educator trained in both the disciplines of physical and social science. She is a licensed counsellor from Harvard University, with a Master’s of Education in Risk and Prevention, in guidance counselling, on top of an honours degree in Chemistry. She is also a Certified Professional Trainer (IPMA, UK) and lecturer in Chemistry with a postgraduate diploma in teaching (NTU, NIE.) Integrating the essence of the varied dimensions in her training, she has conducted seminars and career consultations in the United States, South Korea and Singapore, in the areas of social and emotional health development and career explorations using career counselling tools. Her assets include being able to train in both English and Chinese. She has done lecturing in chemistry and affective consultancy work in a Junior college, and is currently a Guidance Specialist in the Ministry of Education. With her passion in vocational psychology and human development, she helps people to venture deeper into self-exploration to achieve their career aspirations and their life goals.


Treasurer
Ong Kian Boon
Sales Manager
Marvell Asia Pte Ltd

Ong Kian Boon is currently a sales manager in a Multi National Corporation. He has more than 10 yrs of sales/marketing experience in the electronics industry. He has a MBA (Marketing), B. Eng, Graduate Dip. in Marketing Management and has Certified Professional Trainer certificate from IPMA, UK.


Assistant Treasurer
Seel Ho
Corporate Instructor
Balanced Lifestyle

Seel Ho is currently a Corporate Instructor and also an associate trainer in Balanced Lifestyle. She has Yoga experience since 2006 and presently is one of the Yoga instructors in Ananda Marga Yoga Society of Singapore. She holds a Diploma in Yoga Instructors.

Membership Officer
Santhanaran (Ram) Jayaram
Actor / Trainer / Speaker& Consultant
2BE3 Consultancy

Santhanaram Jayaram holds a MBA in International Business (USA) He is the principal consultant for 2Be3 Consultancy. Currently he is lecturing and training in various schools..He has 17 years of extensive experience in the public and private sectors. Ram has also conceptualized, produced and delivered courses in communication, business management and customer service. Ram has received the Outstanding Individual Suggestor Award, RSN from former Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Defense, Dr Tony Tan, former Chief-of-Navy RDAM Liu Tuck Yew and former Chief-of-Navy Liu Tuck Yew. Ram is also an actor and some of his projects were, being featured as the main cast in Kallang Roar the movie, N.Ganesan the FAS Football Chairman, and appeared in various advertisements such as MDIS, Starhub, Jack Neo's Happily Everafter, MINDEF Training video-Safeville, Singtel Viral, Nokia E51 for India, IE Singapore, Bank of New York Mellon, Standard Chartered, Singapore Tourism Board, Life story, True Files,etc.


Public Relations Officer
Herman Yeo
Managing Director
Omega Training Connection

Herman Yeo manages Omega Training Connection. He is currently a Fellow Member serving in the 7th Council of Institute of Estate Agents (IEA) as the Social Function Chairman and 1st Honorary Secretary. He is also the Vice President Education with the IEA Toastmasters’ Club. He has more than 16 years of experience in training, coaching and mentoring realtors and is a Certified Professional Trainer from IPMA, U.K. His success in his Real Estate Business is to motivate others by using accelerated learning methodologies, experiential training programs and by sharing real life experiences in his workshop, Beyond Discovery.


Professional Development Officer
John Teo
Freelance Trainer
Breaking New Frontiers Consultancy Pte Ltd

John Teo is a Director and Principle Consultant of Breaking New Frontiers Consultancy Pte Ltd. He has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Certified Professional Behavioural Analyst (DISC) and a Certified Professional Trainer from IPMA, UK. John specialises in management training and consults in ISO certification. He has more than 25 years of working experience in senior management and in sales and marketing of technical products locally and overseas. He has worked for an MNC, various SME's and was a partner in a precision engineering company. Therefore he can relate to real life experiences in those areas that he is training or consulting. John is the President of the Singapore Branch of The International Brotherhood of Magicians. He frequently uses magic in his presentation not only to enliven the audience, but also to bring out important learning principles in a fun way.


Committee Member
Cynhia Zhai
Trainer
Connecting 2 Success International

Cynthia Zhai has has been conducting training for five years. Her training experience spans customer service, sales, communication, visual merchandising, etc. She has great interest in visual thinking and is actively applying visual skills in training. She also conducted talks on visual thinking.She’s a member of International Association of Facilitators and has facilitated meetings in FNS (Facilitator Network Singapore) and other organizations in Singapore. Born in China, she holds Bachelor Degree in Economics and Master Degree in Human Resources.  She’s also a Master NLP Practitioner. When not working or studying, she enjoys traveling & photography.


Committee Member
Andy Ng
Business Coach, Consultant & Trainer
Asia Coaching Training

Andy Ng is the founder cum Chairman of Asia Coaching Training.  Andy Ng combines 22 years of corporate, entrepreneurial business, training and consulting experience, all with a great passion to help people to be more competitive and successful. Andy Ng graduates from NUS in 1988 and also holds a MBA from the Herriot-Watt University of UK (Year 2001). Andy used to be the Director of Finance, HR and Admin of the world's 5th largest computer networking equipment supplier - Allied Telesyn International.  The Group enjoys annual turnover of US$420 million employing 1,300 staff worldwide.  Andy’s other experiences include banking at Chase Manhattan Bank, consultancy at KPMG Consulting Pte Ltd and sales at Vickers Ballas Holdings Limited. As a trainer, trains companies on marketing, business planning, teambuilding, systematization, finance, investment, HR, communication, sales, management and personal effectiveness.  The public workshops conducted by Andy are highly popular. Andy is also a Certified Trainer with the American Management Association (AMA), Advanced Training (UK) and Action International. He is also ACTA-certified by MOM’s Workforce Development Agency (WDA).


Committee Member
Thomas Chan
Director and Trainer for Sustainability
Birkhall Pte Ltd

For over 20 years, Thomas Chan’s career spanned from water & wastewater treatment to aviation ground support systems with an environmental sustainability focus. Today, Thomas runs a micro niche business specializing in sustainable technologies for demanding environment. He pioneered the use of automatic grease separator in commercial kitchen in Singapore as early as 1992 which has now became an industrial practice.  He is an invited speaker at the Institute of Engineers, Singapore on best management practices and how to help buildings go green with innovative grease interceptor systems based on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) performance standards. Thomas recognizes that sustainable development is not just about going green and protecting the environment.  Thomas' global experience makes him a strong advocate of Education for Sustainability as an effective tool for engaging and equipping people for real change.  Thomas holds a BSc (Hons) in Management with Accounting from the University of Wales, Bangor.  Thomas is a full ACTA trainer certified by WDA Singapore and a Sustainability Practitioner based on the The Natural Step (Sweden) scientific framework for Strategic Sustainable Development.


Committee Member
Tommy Loke
Executive Director and Trainer
Vision Century Pte Ltd

Tommy Loke earned his MBA from the University of Leicester, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from NTU, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Singapore Institute of Management and a Diploma in Wealth Management from the U.K.  He is also a Fellow Member of the Certified Public Accountants, Australia; the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Singapore and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom. He is a certified ACTA trainer and Assessor and has trained hundreds of participants under the WSQ program. He is fluent in both written and spoken English and Mandarin.  He has conducted training on customer service, mindset change, leadership skills, communication skills, problem solving, people management etc. He brings practical work experience into the classroom, making lessons lively and relevant. As an Executive Coach, Tommy customizes coaching models to meet the needs of each client.  His cross-cultural background and familiarity with Asia combined with his solution-focused approach enable him to connect and build trust with a diverse clientele.


Auditor
Nishant Kasibhatla
Chief Executive Officer/World Memory Record Holder
Memory Vision Pte Ltd

Nishant Kasibhatla is a trainer, speaker and author of a best-selling book and is the director of Memory Vision Training Company in Singapore. He is a World Record Holder and the only Grandmaster of Memory and International Master of Memory in Singapore. Nishant is a popular speaker with over 14 years’ experience in conducting training in areas such as Peak Mental Performance, Learning to Learn, Information and Memory Management, Speedreading, Motivation and Success. He has worked with many multi-national companies, schools, students and individuals of all walks of life in 9 countries across 4 continents. Some of his clients include: Singapore Police Force, Citibank, Shell, Coca Cola, NTUC FairPrice, Philips, Petronas, Nestle, American Express, LG Electronics etc.


Auditor
T. Vijaykumar
Chief Training Officer
PEERCOMMS INTERNATIONAL LLP

T. Vijay is currently Marketing Director at IIR Pte Ltd - a company of the INFORMA Group. Although now career bound as a marketing communications specialist, he is also a lecturer/trainer who has conducted lectures/training on areas such as sales and marketing, events management, conferences management, customer relationship management, public relations, business logistics and human resources. His career covers corporate communications, events/conference management, trade and product development consultancy and training development. He has held other appointments such as Editor of the “Your Choice” magazine, a specialty magazine for the young. professional and business community, as well as currently is Journalist for HR Matters 21, a foremost online Human Resources Forum that has members from Malaysia and Singapore and increasingly attracting other H R professionals from the region too.  He also provides consultancy and services in real estate business and management.