Helen joined the ICAC in early March 1974 and worked with
the founding Commissioner Sir Jack Cater to map out a plan
for public education to promote awareness and understanding
of the ICAC. From then on, she headed the Community
Relations department and spearheaded its development
according to plan.
May 1980, Helen considered her mission accomplished and
returned to Government and then served as the head or deputy
head of a number of Departments. In 2001, she became the
Deputy Ombudsman and served as such in that statutory body
until the end of April 2010.
Helen was honoured as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order
of the British Empire in 1997 and awarded the Silver
Bauhinia Star in 2002.
Currently, she is committed to voluntary service for her
alma mater Maryknoll Convent School.
To be reunited with former colleagues through The
Independent Commission Against Corruption Retired Officers
Association is, for me, a proud privilege. It is
particularly heartwarming that ICAC members from different
departments come together even in retirement.
While in the service of the Commission, we beavered away in
our specific field so that getting together like this was a
rare treat. Yet, throughout, we were closely united in
one and the same mission, combat against corruption by
“three-prong attack”. In the words of our founding
Commissioner Sir Jack Cater, we were all “knights in shining
armour” joining forces in a crusade for equity and
Now although no longer in active service, we can still
spread the word. Let us continue to uphold the ICAC
standard and promote its cause.
Helen CP Lai YU