In this second article in our NextGen series, CGj interviews Yannis Lau ACG HKACG, Senior Risk Management Consultant, The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Ltd.

What is your current role and what was your career path to this role?

‘I majored in accounting and, like many of my classmates, I joined an accounting firm after graduation for a few years and became a CPA. Later on, I transitioned to become an internal auditor. These past few years, Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the world. I thought that if my work could help manage the potential threats to companies, it would be more challenging and forward-looking. So, I joined the Risk Management Team of The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Ltd. Our team’s responsibility is to support management to monitor risks in different areas from the Group’s perspective and ensure the company's risk control measures are effectively implemented to mitigate risks.’

When did you first hear the terms ‘company secretary’ and ‘governance’? What was your impression of these terms?

‘Back when I was studying at university, I had already heard these terms, but I wasn't quite sure what they actually meant. At that time, I thought that these terms must relate to the work of professionals and senior management with little relevance to me.’ 

Did your understanding of these terms change as you started your career?

‘Working in risk management, it is necessary for governance professionals to understand the company's operations, as well as any existing and external risks that could affect the Group. For example, during previous instances of typhoons and heavy rain in Hong Kong, many areas experienced flooding. Would these situations potentially impact the security of our company's facilities? I feel that this job carries a sense of purpose and has a significant impact. Our reports help the management team to more efficiently allocate resources and make better decisions.’

What qualities do you think are needed to be a successful governance professional?

‘First, it is important to have enthusiasm for your work, to be willing to invest time and create value, and to provide better solutions regardless of the circumstances. Second, maintaining an open attitude is crucial. Most work today relies heavily on teamwork and requires us to be accepting of different perspectives, as well as actively listening to others’ opinions in order to improve ourselves and adapt to a fast-changing market.’

What was your chosen route to complete the Institute’s qualifying programme and what advice would you give to people who are considering qualifying as a Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional?

‘I chose to pursue further studies because this route provides a great networking opportunity with classmates who have similar backgrounds, such as internal auditors or even chief finance officers. I encourage everyone not to be afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone. Governance is a vast topic, and each day there are new challenges and changes. First, we should approach these challenges with an open mindset. Second, we should view every failure as a learning opportunity and channel it into motivation for success. Third, it is important to maintain a continuous learning mindset in order to keep progressing and to excel in our roles.’

As a member of the younger generation, how do you think governance will evolve in the future and would you recommend a career in governance to others?

‘I believe that there is significant room for development in this field. Nowadays, many stakeholders have high expectations regarding a company's social responsibility, and the importance of good governance is increasingly recognised and becoming more widely adopted. This industry requires talented individuals, and the field of governance benefits from the inclusion of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Whether you have a background in law, business, accounting or marketing, this profession requires a broad range of knowledge. I highly encourage anyone who aspires to be an all-round professional in their career to join this field.’

“whether you have a background in law, business, accounting or marketing, this profession requires a broad range of knowledge”

Yannis Lau

ACG HKACG, Senior Risk Management Consultant, 
The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Ltd


在我们的新一代治理系列的第二篇文章中,CGj 采访了香港中华煤气有限公司高级风险管理顾问刘蔚茵女士 ACG HKACG。








‘第一是对工作要充满热诚,愿意投入时间去创造价值,在任何情况下都能提供更好的解决方案。 第二是保持开放的态度。时至今日,很多工作都讲求团队合作,需要包容和接纳不同的看法,主动聆听别人的意见,这样才会进步,才能适应市场的急速变化。’


‘我选择进修,因为一起上课的同学与自己的背景相近,当中有做内部审计,甚至有做首席财务官的同学,是很好的人际交流机会。我建议大家不要怕跳出舒适圈。公司治理是个很大的课题,每天都有新的挑战和变化,所以我们首先要用开放的态度接受挑战;其次是将每一个失败视为学习的机会,将失败转化为成功的动力;第三是要保持不断学习的心态,令自己持续进步 ,将自己的角色发挥得最好。’

作为年轻一代的一员,您认为 ‘治理’将来会如何发展?您会推荐其他人从事治理方面的工作吗?


“不论你是读法律、商科、会计还是市 场学,这个专业需要的知识面很广”


ACG HKACG, 香港中华煤气有限公司高级风险管理顾问