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Lorella holds the position of Office Manager, Human Resources and Finance and Secretary to the Board of Administrators of the Foundation. Lorella has been an instrumental part of the Foundation since its inception in 2014 and during these past years she has played pivotal roles within the Foundation, including Deputy Coordinator of the Children’s Hub before assuming her current multi-faceted responsibilities. Prior to her work with MFWS, she worked at the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity where she held the role as the Secretary to the National Commission for Child Policy and Strategy and as a clerk at Mater Dei Hospital.
Angela Caruana coordinates the Children’s Hub within the Foundation. Angie joined the Foundation in 2014. The Children’s Hub facilitates activities and projects focused on the wellbeing of children and young people in Malta and Gozo. Angie is a graduate in Arts conservation. She previously worked at the National Commission for Child Policy and Strategy within the Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity and has extensive experience in the field of migration.
Private Secretary to H.E.
Francesca Chetcuti is the private secretary to H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the chair of the Foundation, and joined the Foundation in 2023. She ensures the smooth running of H.E.’s work affairs through coordination of meetings and communication with external stakeholders. Her background is in finance and administration, but she has an additional notch in her belt as a qualified beauty therapist. She previously worked in the Ministry for Finance.
Ylenia Attard joined the MFWS in 2023 as its Communications Coordinator, in which she manages the Foundation’s online and offline presence, through marketing, PR, branding and other strategic initiatives. She has a background in journalism, content writing, marketing and communications, and holds an honours degree in English, with a diploma in Digital Marketing.
Children’s Council Coordinator
Andrea Catania is a Children’s Council Coordinator on the RIGHTS team within the Foundation. The RIGHTS Project will coordinate the creation of children’s councils in every region and locality to ensure that children’s voices are heard and taken seriously within their communities. Andrea joined the Foundation in 2023. She is a graduate in Psychology and is undergoing a Master’s degree to specialise in psychological research. Andrea previously worked in the educational field and as a researcher on several projects.
Children’s Council Coordinator
Laura Marie Mercieca
Laura Marie Mercieca is a Children’s Council Coordinator on the RIGHTS team. The RIGHTS Project focuses on the establishment of local and regional children’s councils to ensure that children’s voices are given due consideration in the places they reside. Laura has been a part of the Foundation since the age of 13, as part of the Foundation’s Children’s Council and joined the RIGHTS team in 2023. She is a graduate in Architecture and is undergoing a diploma in interior design.
Thomas Buttigieg is a Projects Coordinator within the Foundation. He joined the Foundation in 2023, where he facilitates the Children’s Council and coordinates different projects such as ‘A Voice that Counts’ and the Interfaith Children’s Dialogue. He previously worked as a research executive at the Foundation for Social Welfare Services. Thomas studied Social Policy for his undergraduate degree and focused on Youth, Education and Society at a master’s level.
Rachel Grima works as a Projects Assistant within the Foundation, which entails supporting project initiatives undertaken by the MFWS and leading small projects. She joined the Foundation in 2024. Rachel achieved her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Social Care Management in 2022. Rachel previously worked in an Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter where she worked as a Social Care Worker and did several hours working her placements at Agenzija Appogg as a student.
Coming from a nursing background, Michelle has a Masters of Health Science, as well as Diploma in Social Studies (Gender & Development). Michelle joined the MFWS team in 2019 on part-time basis. Her main role is providing support to the MFWS Children’s Hub team and research initiatives. Michelle’s expertise lies in issues related to gender and health, working with minority groups and children’s rights. Currently she is working on local research about children and armed conflict, and as a representative of MFWS on the Rainbow Families Network committee.
Martina was initially a member of the Foundation’s Children’s Council, showcasing her commitment to the wellbeing and voices of children and young people. She was also a member of the Eurochild Children’s Council for 3 years. Currently, Martina holds the role of Coordinator for the Mediterranean Children’s Movement Children’s Council (MCMCC) while contributing to various projects within the Foundation.
Mariah Bonnici assits in coordinating the Malta Children’s Association Network (Malta CAN) as well as acts as secretary for this network. Joining the Foundation at the beginning of 2024 has marked Mariah’s introduction to the field. She is currently in her third year as student at the University of Malta, studying to become a psychologist. Mariah also dedicates a lot of her time to volunteering with the aim of enriching society’s knowledge about the importance of wellbeing.
Dr Bernadine Satariano is a health geographer and her research interests include children’s health and wellbeing. She contributes to the Foundation through her involvement in CROM (Children’s Rights Observatory Malta). She has published various articles focusing on health inequalities and social determinants of health within the Maltese context.
Antonella Gatt is the Project Co-ordinator of the P.O.P. – Up project (Promoting Online Protection) within the Foundation, and is also the Director of EU Affairs and International Relations at the Ministry for Education, Youth, Sports and Research and Innovation. She has an honours degree in European Studies as well as two masters’ degrees in the same field.