With deepest regret, we announce the death of Jenny Seow, who was general manager for the Institute’s Asia Pacific division until her retirement in 2019. Jenny was a driving force behind the IMarEST’s establishment of an office presence in Singapore. She also made extensive contributions in supporting the Singapore Joint Branch, the joint representative body for the IMarEST and the Royal Society of Naval Architects in Singapore.
Jenny joined the IMarEST in 2009, bringing with her a strong background in the maritime field, having worked with Lloyds Register, Lloyds List and IHS Fairplay. As divisional manager and then general manager of the IMarEST’s Asia Pacific office, Jenny oversaw the original set up of an IMarEST executive office and supported the branches, organized training programmes for members, helped to develop a network of partners such as Keppel Offshore & Marine, and regularly represented the Institute within key stakeholder groups across the Asia Pacific region.
Those that visited the Singapore office will always remember Jenny’s caring and thoughtful nature. The ultimate nurturer, she was a firm believer that “6 meals a day is the Singapore way”. And there was no arguing with this sentiment. Colleagues would often return to London laden with sweetmeats and snacks where all protests about weight and baggage allowances had fallen on deaf ears.
“Jenny had a huge impact on those she worked with in Singapore and across South East Asia. She always took pride in her work and went above and beyond to engage members to make their experience the best it could possibly be. She did this with so much energy that it was infectious. She was known for her generosity as guests and visitors to Singapore often took home a memento from Jenny – I still have my Chinese tea mug from my first visit, and you couldn’t escape the obligatory photo when leaving too – she cherished memories, and wanted everyone else’s memories to be the best they could be of their experience in Singapore.” David Kelly, Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce, Singapore.
‘Although I only spent a year in the office with Jenny, we had a very close relationship. I would define her as ‘office mum’, who looks after the well-being of the rest of the team. I will always remember our daily lunch adventure, her sharing on why having kids is a must, and most importantly, her genuine care for us.’ Andrew Wong, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, IMarEST.
Jenny was kind, loved people, and went out of her way to help others. She adored her family and will be missed dearly by those who had the pleasure and honour of spending time with her.