Permanent Secretary for Education Development Yeoh Chee Yan will run a new ministry whose focus is to build a cohesive and vibrant society and deepen Singaporeans' loyalty to the country.

The 52-year-old philosophy and psychology graduate will become Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) when it is up and running in November, the Public Service Division (PSD) said yesterday.

Ms Yeoh was appointed Second Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education in 2008 and was redesignated Permanent Secretary (Education Development) in April this year.

MCCY has come about with the move to split the portfolios of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) into three ministries to sharpen the government's focus on families and social safety nets; arts, sports and volunteerism; and public communications and engagement.

Chan Heng Kee, currently Permanent Secretary for MCYS, will remain Permanent Secretary of the renamed Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).

Mr Chan, 43, who holds degrees in electrical engineering and business administration, was the chief executive of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) before he became MCYS's Permanent Secretary last year.

MICA, which will be renamed the Ministry of Communications and Information, will also retain its present Permanent Secretary, Chan Yeng Kit.

Mr Chan, 47, who trained in mathematics and public administration, became MICA's Permanent Secretary in 2008. Before that, he was chief executive of the InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

Chan Lai Fung, Permanent Secretary (Education Policy), will be redesignated Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Education.

Ms Chan, 48, has served as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Finance.

All the appointments take effect on Nov 1.