Chief Secretary for Administration

Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region

Chief Secretary for Administration

The Hon Carrie Lam

since 1 July 2012
Style The Honourable
Member of Government Secretariat
Executive Council
Reports to Legislative Council
Residence Victoria House, 15 Barker Road, The Peak
Appointer Central People's Government
nomination by Chief Executive
Term length No longer than the Chief Executive's remaining term (No constitutional or statutory limits, but no CS would receive employment contract longer than the CE's remaining term since POAS was in place in 2002.)
Inaugural holder Anson Chan
Formation 1 July 1997
Website CSO
Politics and government
of Hong Kong
Foreign relations

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Chief Secretary for Administration
Traditional Chinese 政務司司長

The Chief Secretary for Administration (Chinese: 政務司司長), commonly known as the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, is the most senior principal official of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Chief Secretary is the head of the Government Secretariat which oversees the administration of the Region to which all other ministers belong, and is accountable for his or her policies and actions to the Chief Executive and to the Legislative Council.

The Chief Secretary formulates and implements government policy, gives advice to the Chief Executive as a member of the Executive Council, and is responsible for managing the Government's relationship with the Legislative Council and drawing up the Government's legislative programme. The office also exercises certain statutory functions, such as the handling of appeals from designated public bodies.[1]

Prior to the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997, the office was known simply as "Chief Secretary" (布政司), and before 1976, "Colonial Secretary" (輔政司).[2] Until the introduction of the Principal Officials Accountability System in 2002, the Chief Secretary was a civil service position, and in this capacity, the head of the public service. In 2005, Henry Tang became the first person who has not been a civil servant to be appointed to the office of the Chief Secretary.

List of Secretaries

Colonial Secretaries (1843–1976)

From the 1870s to 1902 the Colonial Secretary was de facto Lieutenant Governor of Hong Kong. The role was once held by the Commander of British Forces in Hong Kong. After 1902 the title disappeared from use as the second highest post was transferred to the Colonial Secretary and late Chief Secretary.

Chief Secretaries (1976–1997)

Chief Secretaries for Administration (Post-1997)

Politiical party:   Nonpartisan

Portrait Name
Term of office Political party Chief Executive Term Ref
Took office Left office Duration
1 Anson Chan Fang On-sang

(born 1940)

1 July 1997 30 April 2001 3 years, 303 days Nonpartisan
Tung Chee-hwa
2 Donald Tsang Yam-kuen

(born 1944)

1 May 2001 31 May 2005[n 1] 4 years, 30 days Nonpartisan
3 Rafael Hui Si-yan

(born 1948)

1 July 2005 30 June 2007 1 year, 364 days Nonpartisan
Donald Tsang
4 Henry Tang Ying-yen

(born 1952)

1 July 2007 28 September 2011 4 years, 89 days Nonpartisan 3
5 Stephen Lam Sui-lung

(born 1955)

29 September 2011 30 June 2012 275 days Nonpartisan
6 Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor

(born 1957)

1 July 2012 Incumbent 4 years, 161 days Nonpartisan
Leung Chun-ying
(Since 2012)
  1. Resigned on 25 May 2005, with effect from 1 June 2005, Michael Suen served as acting chief between 25 May to 30 June 2005.


Victoria House, 15 Barker Road, Hong Kong.

The Chief Secretary resides at an official residence at 15 Barker Road, The Peak, Hong Kong, which is also known as Victoria House and Victoria Flats.

See also


  1. Chief Secretary's Office, Hong Kong Government
  2. Roberts, Denys (Apr 18, 2006). Another Disaster: Hong Kong Sketches. The Radcliffe Press. ISBN 9781845111120.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 20315. p. 442. 9 February 1844. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 20709. p. 834. 26 February 1847. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 21635. p. 3909. 1 December 1854. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 23353. p. 772. 18 February 1868. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 27423. p. 2334. 8 April 1902.
  8. Clementi, Cecil (1912). "General Observations" (PDF). Hong Kong Annual Report (1911). p. 24. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  9. "Death of Mr. W.D.Barnes". The Straits Times. Singapore. October 30, 1911. p. 7. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
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