Mr Frederick Schembri
President of the Board of Governors

Mr Frederick Schembri is a proficient executive with a proven track record spanning twenty-five years in highly regulated manufacturing industries, having broad management experience in leadership roles, and with specialisation in integrated global supply chain initiatives. Mr Schembri has been involved in a number of mergers and acquisitions on a global level, thus manifesting Mr Schembri’s negotiation skills. He has been the catalyst of five pharmaceutical start-ups both locally and overseas including establishing operations in India and China respectively. The architect of an extensive restructuring programme for a manufacturing operation in EEU including an upgrade of company infrastructure to meet EUGMP standards. A creative thinker, a positive disruptor with the propensity to anticipate business trends. For a number of years, Frederick has participated in supply chain strategies pertaining to disaster relief operations. These include humanitarian aid programs, predominantly in sub-Sahara African regions, funded by institutions such as: UNICEF, WHO, Red-Cross, Red Crescent, MSF, and IDA amongst others. Frederick Schembri is the founder and managing director of one of Malta’s leading foreign-owned pharmaceutical companies listed on the ISEX stock exchange. In addition to the local context, activities include directing the group’s European supply chain operations at a Pan-European level. In June 2018 he was appointed as President of the Board of Governors of Malta’s Vocational College University, namely MCAST, with the objective of developing collaborations between industry and educators. His vision for vocational education is set in the context of high-end research initiatives with industry which offers a new kind of technical education. One that our country and economy desperately need and which is vital for the development of the kind of skills the young generation require to compete in the global market. In December 2018 he was appointed on the steering group for the Implementation of the National R&D Strategy. In January 2019 he was appointed as a board member on the foundation for “The Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning”. The scope of the foundation is to promote an inclusive approach to education through the development and sharing of open learning and distance education, knowledge, resources, and technologies.

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Prof Mark G Borg
Vice President of the Board of Governors

Professor Mark Borg is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Malta, which he joined as full-time lecturer in 1984. He has served as Head of the Department of Psychology (1996-2000), as deputy Dean of the Faculty of Education (1997-1999), and as Dean of the same faculty (1999-2003). An educator and academic psychologist by profession, he has been teaching and researching educational psychology for over 35 years. His papers in psychology and education are published in many prestigious specialised journals. He has also presented many papers at various international conferences as well as local ones. Professor Borg is an Associate Fellow of, and a Chartered Psychologist with, the British Psychological Society. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered Scientist with the British Science Council. He has served on several national committees including the Ministerial Committee on Inclusive Education and on School Bullying, and on the National Curriculum Council. Professor Borg was appointed on the MCAST Board of Governors in 2013.

 

Dr Amanda Bezzina
Member of the Board of Governors

Dr Amanda Bezzina is a Head of the Department of Personal, Social and Career Development.  She is also a Visiting Assistant Lecturer at the University of Malta and a lecturer at the Institute of Education. For ten years, she has also been a guidance teacher. Dr Bezzina is a teaching practice tutor, a dissertation examiner and supervisor and a faculty examiner of mentors. She is also a member of the Board of Governors at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, Malta. Her areas of specialisation and research interests are holistic education, youth and community development, effective teaching strategies, facilitation, and teaching skills and strategies.

 

Mr Brian Farrugia
Member of the Board of Governors

Mr Brian Farrugia commenced his career in banking, working for two major Maltese banks, Bank of Valletta and APS Bank where he specialised in Corporate Lending. He later joined Erste Bank Malta, a subsidiary of the Erste Bank Group of Austria, where he was responsible for trading services and back office operations of Erste Bank and its subsidiaries. In 2005 he established his own firm, InterLink Corporate. Following a joint venture with another service provider, which took place in 2009, the company was restructured and later in 2013 Quantum Group was established. Brian’s professional experience led him to provide training services for a period of time in banking and corporate finance at the Malta International Training Centre both in Malta and overseas.

 

Mr Frank V. Farrugia
Member of the Board of Governors

Mr Frank Farrugia is the president of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry.  He is an owner and managing director of Alphacom Int. Services Co Ltd, a company specialising in the supply of textiles and related industrial equipment, as well as Alcom Enterprises Co Ltd, which specialises in the supply of professional tools, engineering solutions, industrial maintenance, and treatment chemicals. Besides the Maltese market, the group also exports and offers its services to companies in North Africa.  Mr Farrugia currently sits on the following government boards and committees:  Employment Relations Board & Guarantee Fund Administration Board; Jobs Plus Board; Malta Business Foundation; Malta Council for Economic & Social Development (MCESD); Malta Enterprise Board of Directors; MCAST Board of Governors; Tech MT, and Trade Malta.  Mr Farrugia is also a member of the EUROCHAMBRES Board of Directors.

 

Ms Rhoda Garland
Member of the Board of Governors

Ms Rhoda Garland is a governor at MCAST and executive director at the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability. She has a B.A. (Hons) degree in Accountancy and Finance, which she gained from Nottingham Trent University, and is a qualified accountant. She has a Master’s degree in Disability Studies and is currently working towards a PhD entitled ‘Disability, activism and engagement in politics’. Rhoda began her career in the UK working for blue-chip companies in finance, IT and project management roles. When she moved to Malta she worked in IT, before transferring to the disability sector, where she researched and wrote the first Maltese State Report for the United Nations Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability and then moved to a project management role in CRPD where she was appointed as executive director in 2015. Rhoda has a special interest in the education and employment of disabled people, and in her free time enjoys wheelchair basketball and rugby and also scuba diving.

 

Ms Luisa Grech
Member of the Board of Governors

Ms Luisa Grech has been a member of the MCAST Board of Governors since 2011, and she also holds the position of Board Secretary of the Board of Governors. Her academic achievements include a B.A. History & Philosophy awarded in 1977, and a P.G.C.E. awarded in 2006. Ms Grech is a teacher by profession and has worked in Church, Independent, and International Schools in Malta for over ten years.  She has also worked in the disability sector for the last 26 years, out of which five and a half years were spent as executive manager of a disability NGO.  Ms Grech also gave occasional lectures at the University of Malta on this topic and participated in various conferences and EU projects in Malta and abroad. Her interests include: classical music, photography, reading, cooking, dance and travelling. She is also a member of the core team of Drachma Parents.

 

Mrs Marietta Lanzon
Member of the Board of Governors

Mrs Marietta Lanzon has been a member of the Board of Governors of Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) since October 2017. She retired as Senior Probation Officer in 2017 after 18 years in public service. She dedicated her entire career to helping offenders rehabilitate themselves and decrease their offending. Mrs Lanzon pursued tertiary studies at the University of Malta as a mature student after raising a family. She holds a Diploma in Gender Studies (Women and Development) and a Diploma in Probation Services. More recently in 2012, she obtained a Master in Probation Services with a thesis on Community Service in Malta: The Role of the Judiciary. Following her initial appointment as a Probation Officer in 1999, she was promoted to Senior Probation Officer in 2012, where she was tasked with assisting in the setting up of the Parole Unit in 2013, and consequently with the supervision of its team until her retirement. As part of her work at the Law Courts, she prepared and presented several pre-sentencing and social reports to the judiciary. Prior to joining public service, Mrs Lanzon worked as a care worker at the Programm Fejda, a residential therapeutic programme for adolescent girls with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Among her other activities, she is now involved in an EU project, namely ESP regarding the Transition of Inmates to the Labour Market, a venture between the Corradino Correctional Facility and the University of Malta. Mrs Lanzon is a photography enthusiast, with MQF Level 1 technical competences. She is married with two children.

 

Ms Claire Grima
Member of the Board of Governors

Ms Claire Grima is a chemistry and biology graduate from the University of Malta with a postgraduate specialisation in Polymer Engineering from the University of Sheffield, UK. She has professional experience within the pharmaceutical industry and in research, development, and engineering materials for automotive and industrial sealing solutions. Her current role at Malta Enterprise is within the foreign investment promotion unit focusing on industry, education, and research; as well as the growth of research, development, and innovation funding incentives for local enterprises.

 

Mr Emanuel Attard

Mr Emanuel Attard is presently rendering service in MCAST’s Internal Audit Office, which was established in 2017 with the appointment of the MCAST Internal Audit Committee. He has been working at MCAST for the past 13 years in the positions of Project Director, Chief Administration Officer and, prior to his present assignment, as a consultant to MCAST and to the Ministry for Education and Employment. Mr. Attard was instrumental is the launching of the MCAST masterplan for the new campus, including the completion of the new Gozo Campus at Ghajnsielem and in the setting up of the MCAST’s commercial arm, MCAST Gateway to Industry Ltd.

Mr. Attard, amongst other qualifications, holds an MBA from Maastricht School of Management, a Bachelor of Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer. He started his working life as a qualified State Registered Nurse and moved on to work overseas in the petrochemical industry. He has over 40 years of working life experience including over 20 years in senior management positions.

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