Former education minister Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun, a key strategist behind Leung Chun-ying's successful campaign to be Hong Kong's next leader, will head the chief executive-elect's office. In an apparent U-turn in her stance on rejoining public service, the former director of Leung's campaign office yesterday signed a contract - held vacant for almost a month since polling on March 25 - which runs until June 30. The appointment came after she acknowledged some critics called her 'a burden' on Leung's administration, and Leung's remarks during a televised election debate last month that 'Law had already retired'. 'Whether I am a burden or not depends on Leung's judgment,' Law (pictured), a 59-year-old Hong Kong deputy to the National People's Congress, said. Less than three weeks ago, she said: 'If anyone says I will be a burden to C.Y. [Leung] I will not take up the job.' Law was the fourth close aide Leung appointed to his office-elect, as he split a post of special assistant into three jobs to house his former campaign office officials - public-relations officer Cathy Hung Yee-man, and project officers Allen Fung Ying-lun and Chen Ran. Law, who also headed the office-elect of Tung Chee-hwa in January 1997, said her main duties were to handle the transition of administrations and to implement Leung's government restructuring plan. She met incumbent Chief Executive's Office director Professor Gabriel Leung yesterday. They both receive a monthly salary of HK$282,080. Law, a former education minister who had been a civil servant for 30 years, was known for her in-depth experience in top posts, including commissioner for the Independent Commission Against Corruption and permanent secretary for education. But her strong-handed approach to reform during her tenure as education minister was largely criticised by teachers. Education lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong, of the Democratic Party, said her appointment 'triggered poor memories [of the education reforms]'. Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit said her appointment 'reflected the difficulty in finding members for Leung's team'. But legislator Lam Tai-fai, a staunch supporter of defeated chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen, called Law 'a person with experience and ability'.