The 1st July marked the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China after more than 150 years of British rule.
Before 1997, there were several thousand expatriates in the civil service, but today there are less than 200. Some left as a result of a controversial localisation scheme, making way for a new generation of overseas-educated Chinese locals. Others fled, fearing change, with many concerned that the good reputation of the civil service would be compromised.
But those who stayed on throughout the transition say those fears were unfounded and believe the changes since the handover have allowed the city to come of age.
City University of Hong Kong Professor
Lands Department Ex-Assistant Director (1981 - 2012)
Civil Service Ex-Secretary (2000 - 2006)
Peter R. Morgan
Police Assistant Commissioner
Recruited in 1981
Lands Department Ex-Assistant Director (1973 -1993)
Sun Hung Kai Properties Project Planning Department Manager (1993 - 2008)
Government Administrative Officer (1980 - 2008)
ICAC Operations and Corruption Prevention Departments (1974 - 1980)
Police Chief Superintendent
Recruited in 1980
Kevin P. Zervos
Department of Justice Director of Public Prosecutions
Recruited in 1992
Ex-Senior Accounting Officer (1977 - 1989)
Executive and Legislative Councils Ex-member