Ronald James Blake
(, born 1934), <small>OBE
,</small> is a civil engineer, and a former Secretary for Works in the government of colonial Hong Kong
. He has been appointed to the post of acting CEO of KCRC
on 16 March 2006 to replace the outgoing Samuel Lai
James Blake was born in the UK
in 1934. He studied structural engineering
part-time whilst working as a draftsman for an engineering
firm after leaving school.
While serving with the Royal Engineers
in Her Majesty's Armed Forces
he arrived in the Territory for the first time in 1958. He qualified as a Chartered Engineer
two years later. He settled in Hong Kong in 1965 and worked in various private companies, participating in the construction of the Cross Harbour Tunnel
as well as the MTR
amongst other projects. Prior to coming to the Territory, he had worked for Boulton and Paul in the UK. He had also worked for Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick & Partners
in Hong Kong
, before being appointed as Secretary for Works.
Secretary for Works
He was appointed Secretary for Works
by the Hong Kong Government in 1991, a post he held until 1995. He later joined the KCRC as its Senior Director of capital projects.
- Awarded gold medal by the Institute of Civil Engineers in 1997
- President of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers from 1991-1992