Former anti-corruption chief Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun is expected to be named chief executive of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, sources familiar with the situation say. Mrs Law, who quit the civil service last year after roles as the education secretary and head of Hong Kong's graft-busting agency, is thought to be ready to assume the role early next year following a formal appointment by the board's directors. 'She is likely to take up the post. But the matter has not been finalised,' one of the sources said. A friend of Mrs Law also said he would not be surprised if Mrs Law joined the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. Mrs Law could not be reached for comment yesterday. Taking the helm of one of the city's leading charity organisations would mark a high-profile return to the public eye for Mrs Law. The 54-year-old stepped down as commissioner of the Independent Commission Against Corruption last year after an inquiry found she had abused her position in her previous role as permanent secretary of education. The investigation found she had pressured the president of the Hong Kong Institute of Education to dismiss a staff member who had criticised the government's education policy. She was appointed to head the ICAC in October 2006 but quit a year later after the inquiry findings were released. Mrs Law then kept a low profile until her return to the political scene with her election as a local deputy to the National People's Congress in January. Mrs Law is also a director of the Hong Kong chapter of Heifer International, a charity engaged in poverty alleviation programmes on the mainland. The chief executive post at Tung Wah has been vacant since William Ho Shiu-wei stepped down in October. Stephen Ng Chi-wing is now the acting chief executive of the group. It has been reported that Dr Ho made about HK$170,000 a month. It is not known how much Mrs Law would be paid if she takes the job, but it is understood she will earn close to what Dr Ho was paid. A spokesman for the charity group could not be reached for comment yesterday. A government spokesman did not respond specifically to Mrs Law's case, but said information related to work by retired senior public servants approved by the government would be made public through the regular register. The Tung Wah Group of Hospitals has played an important role in the city's social development. Established in 1870, the group has been providing welfare services for the community, including free medication, education, and burial for the poor, as well as giving relief to victims of natural disasters. Tung Wah operates more than 200 service centres and has more than 10,000 employees. It has an annual budget, excluding special items, of HK$4.7 billion.