Patrick Lau Lai-chiu
Lau joined the civil service in 1972, spending 15 years in the Trade Department, followed by positions in the Industry Department, the Hong Kong Government Office in London, the City and New Territories Administration, the Administrative Services and Information Branch, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington, and the Civil Service Branch.
He became Director of the Lands Department in May 2002 and held the post until his retirement in June 2007.
He continues to hold senior positions on public bodies, including:
- Board member of Hong Kong Countryside Foundation
- Audit Committee of the Hong Kong Housing Society.
- Member of the Hong Kong Ideas Centre
- Member of the Land Resumption and Compensation Committee of the Urban Renewal Authority
In 2012, he drew praise for his proposed solution to the controversial issue of (the many) illegal structures that had been added to properties, notably in the New Territories. He suggested that owners pay a one-off fine, according to the area of the addition, which they could then legally retain. The idea was rejected by Secretary for Development Carrie Lam.
- Appointment of Director of Lands, 23 April 2002, Hong Kong Government Civil Service Bureau
- Senior Appointments, 12 June 2007, Hong Kong Government Civil Service Bureau
- Members of Audit Committee, Hong Kong Housing Society
- SCMP letters, 19 April 2012
- Illegal structure fines rejected, SCMP, 18 April 2012