Dr Carrie Yau is a former Administrative Officer who joined the Government in 1977 and was Deputy Secretary for Security from 1995 to 1997, Director of Administration from 1997 to 2000, Secretary for Information Technology and Broadcasting from 2000 to 2002, Permanent Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food from 2002 to 2007. She further served in the capacity of Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs from 2007 to 2010. The major assignments handled by Dr Yau included crisis management issues relating to Vietnamese Boat People, SARS, avian flu; and coordination of international events like 2000 ITU Telecom Asia and 2008 Olympic Equestrian Events.
Dr Yau was appointed on 1 January 2013 as the Executive Director of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), a statutory body established under VTC Ordinance, with responsibilities for promoting vocational and professional education and training (VPET). As the Executive Director of Hong Kong’s largest public organisation in VPET, Dr Yau administers a HK$5 billion budget and leads over 5,900 staff members offering a quarter of million learners every year including 50,000 full-time students the opportunity to upgrade themselves with the acquisition of valuable vocational credentials.
Dr Yau has served on numerous boards and committees in the commerce, industry and education sectors. Currently, she is the Official Delegate of WorldSkills Hong Kong. She is also a Member of a number of boards and committees including Hong Kong Productivity Council, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Singapore, Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, Youth Education, Employment and Training Task Force, Advisory Committee on Corruption, Employees Retraining Board and Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority Council.