MBN UK attends fundraising event for St John Association at Chapter Hall, St John’s Gate London

The Malta Business Network UK recently extended a special invitation to its UK members to attend a fundraising evening in aid of the St John Association, Malta at the magnificent Chapter Hall of the historic St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, London, now the headquarters of the Venerable Order of St John.

The event, held on November 1, 2018, was co-hosted by the Prior of England and the Islands and Chair of the St John Ambulance, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, and the chairman of the St John Association, Malta, Dr Michael Frendo.

It was a unique opportunity to visit such a significant venue in the heart of London.  The event was well attended by representatives of the MBN UK Board and members, together with Maltese business and professional people residing in the UK and British members of the Venerable Order.

The Prior of England, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, with Dr Michael Frendo (right) and Chev Ray Cassar

The Malta Association was represented by Dr Frendo and by Chev Ray Cassar, member of the Association’s Council and chair of its fundraising committee. The deputy chairman and Commander of the Malta St John Association, Colonel Mark Mallia, who had also overseen the organisation of the event, was regrettably unable to attend at the last minute.

The Prior of England, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, addressing guests present

At the event, the Prior of England formally invested Dr Frendo with the rank of Commander of the Venerable Order of St John, a British Royal Order of Chivalry, of which Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign Head. Following this investiture, Chev Cassar delivered a brief illustrated overview of the history of the Knights of St John. Dr Frendo then delivered a presentation on the history and works of the St John Association Malta and the projects that required support and financing.

Chev. Ray Cassar, Chair of the Fundraising Committee, delivered a brief illustrated overview of the history of the Knights of St John

Three Maltese artists generously donated three works which were auctioned at the event. Joseph Baluci donated a painting of a procession of knights emerging from St John’s Co-Cathedral, Anthony Patrick Vella donated a painting representing a helmet, shield and a sword symbolising the military history of the Order, while a young artist, Jennings Falzon, donated a statuette, The Warrior Monk. All three works of art attracted a great deal of interest and were successfully auctioned to those present. The event was also supported by the Corinthia Hotel, London, Marsovin and Farsons.

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MBNUK Discusses BlockChain

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Our Speaker for the June MBN UK Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 26 June 2018, is Liliana Reasor, MBN member and a FinTech / Blockchain entrepreneur, venture capitalist and ex-investment banker.

Liliana Reasor was recently on a speaker panel in New York discussing blockchain and new technologies. She will give us her insights on block-chain technology, its usage and application across industries, especially in the light of Malta’s digital strategy and our members interest in this new technology.

With 20+ years of experience in the FinTech and Finance industries, Liliana is now the the founder and CEO of SupraFin, the first global vetted token platform on the blockchain ( She is heavily involved in the FinTech / Blockchain startup ecosystem in Europe and is considered a FinTech / Blockchain thought leader. She is a regular FinTech / Blockchain speaker, panellist, investment judge and working group member at top global FinTech / Blockchain and finance events. She was selected as one of the Top 100 Global FinTech Women Influencers and Leaders in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Innovate Finance. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she worked in the FinTech and investment banking industries (M&A, trading, capital markets, and corporate lending) at JP Morgan, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Moody’s Analytics in the US and UK. Liliana has a M.S. in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from UCLA.

Please register online to attend – only registered attendees will be allowed into Malta House.

Guests must either be invited or accompanied by a named MBN member. If you wish to attend but do not know any MBN members, kindly contact us at

Please note you will also need to carry a photo ID for security purposes.

MBNUK April Meeting: Discussing Transport and Master Planning Projects with Kirsten Galea

The next MBN UK Members’ Meeting takes place on Tuesday 24 April 2018, between 6.30pm – 8.30 at Malta House, Malta High Commission, 36-38 Piccadilly, London W1J 0LE.

Our guest speaker is Ms Kirsten Galea who will give a brief overview of Weston Williamson+Partner (WW+P)’s portfolio of transport projects from the last 30 years’ experience – including a number of flagship stations such as the Jubilee Line Extension at London Bridge and Crossrail Paddington Station. These and other projects have acted as catalysts for regeneration, supporting new homes, leisure, commercial and cultural quarters.

WW+P have a parallel portfolio of projects that compliments and works hand in hand with their transport work. A master planning portfolio beyond urban planning projects is emerging with skill sets around the technical challenges of delivering new development on and around railways. These are predominantly TOD (Transport Oriented Development) projects that grapple with land use change, implications for established settlements and developing architectural typologies, which aim to address land use intensification and flexible development plot accommodation.

In her presentation Kirsten will also introduce WW+P’s most recent innovative project, an in-house parametric tool for master planning that will help WW+P’s master planners to quickly test options and instantly obtain data such as plot ratio, GEA, GIA, FAR, units per hectare, etc, which manually is usually extremely time consuming. This tool may be specifically tailored to our client’s requirements and allows WW+P utmost flexibility of going back and forth in the workflow.

All images used are courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners.

Kirsten Galea

Kirsten studied architecture and civil engineering at the university of Malta and today is a Senior Associate at Weston Williamson+Partner (WW+P). She has been involved in the design stages of a variety of complex transport projects, including detail design and coordination at construction stage. Currently part of the London studio, she has also worked for WW+P in Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Melbourne. Kirsten is a co-founder of Women@WestonWilliamson, board member of Women in Transport and member of NAWIC, pushing the envelope for women in Architecture, Construction and the Transport Industry. In 2016 she also made it into the RIBA Journal Rising Stars shortlist.

Outline of Malta 2020: A Broadcast Concert Event

During Peter Manning’s talk at the MBN UK March Meeting, he talked about Malta 2020 and the association with The Victoria and George Cross Association.  They are looking for assistance through donations and support. If anyone is interested please contact Peter Manning directly on


Outline of Malta 2020:  A Broadcast Concert Event

A powerful concert will be presented in 2020 at the Manoel Theatre, Valletta, Malta to honour the selfless valour and gallantry encapsulated by the awards of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross.  These awards are the highest bestowed in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for acts of selfless valour (see extra sheet for more detail).  The aim is to draw to the attention of a wider public the importance of these awards and concepts.  It will also draw attention to this exceptional and beautiful island whose people throughout its history have suffered and endured so much as its strategic position has caused it to be the stage on which the future of Europe was fought over. The Island of Malta GC is one of two collective awards of the George Cross, awarded by King George VI in 1942 for the island’s stoic and dogged resistance to Hitler’s covetous and brutal bombardment.

The concert will feature the Malta Philharmonic conducted by Peter Manning.  Opera superstar, Joseph Calleja and rising star Nicola Said will bring a selection of arias from the great heritage of Italian and German opera.  They will share the stage with a local a cappella group who will showcase the music of Malta.  Peter and the orchestra, with violinist Carmine Lauri (co-Leader of the LSO), will perform two English greats and the concert will end with the music of Russian composer, Mikhail Glinka.

The intention is that the concert will be filmed by Kriss Russman, film-maker and world leading live-event broadcaster, with many years’ experience working with the BBC’s Proms. Kriss is committed to the project.  Following filming the concert will be edited for a 1 hour TV show that will be aired by TV Malta. It is also anticipated that the TV recording of the concert, once it has been aired in Malta, will be made available to be shown throughout Europe. Avenues for this are being explored.

It is also intended, to promote awareness of the gallantry awards, that four Video Taped (VT) inserts will be added to the 1 hour TV show.  These will be 3 will be short films about living recipients of the Victoria Cross or George Cross and the final film will be of the island of Malta and its award of the George Cross.  The VT of Malta will use the natural beauty of the island.

Funding is now sought to bring this project to fruition.  This is a unique opportunity to be associated with philanthropy which draws attention to not only to the island of Malta itself but also with the prestige of the VC and GC Association and of the nature of the awards themselves.  These awards are multinational to the extent that they are awarded throughout the Commonwealth.  Her Majesty the Queen is Patron of the VC and GC Association and HRH The Prince of Wales its President, following the establishment of the awards by Queen Victoria and King George VI.

Donations and support will be acknowledged appropriately in the concert material to be agreed on an individual basis.

For further information on different levels of sponsorship, please contact:

MBN UK Exclusive: February 2018 Meeting at Art Gallery in Mayfair

Having started our year with 2018 drinks at Henry’s in Picadilly and a talk on crypto-currencies and blockchain, February’s MBN UK meeting is another meeting with a difference.

Co-Hosts of the MBN UK February Meeting

Co-Hosts of the MBN UK February Meeting

MBN UK and Malta Tourism Authority co-host this month’s get together, bringing members to the David Gill Art Gallery in Mayfair for an exclusive evening on Tuesday 27 February, 2018.Francis Sultana

Supporting Sponsors Clintons, the award winning boutique law firm for entertainment and the creative arts

Supporting Sponsors Clintons, the award winning boutique law firm for entertainment and the creative arts

Featuring the internationally renowned furniture and interior designer from Malta, Francis Sultana, this is an exclusive opportunity for MBN UK members to meet him and hear him talk about his work. Sultana is based in London with an international client base covering Europe & Russia, USA and Asia.

He is the favoured designer of many of the world’s biggest art patrons, drawn to his use of noble materials, fine craftsmanship and luxurious finishes. His atelier and showroom are based in St James’s in the same building as David Gill Gallery, of which Sultana is also CEO.

Francis, who is from Nadur, Gozo, set up his studio in 2009 to create interiors for many of his major art collector clients. Francis is also the judge of both PAD and Masterpiece and sits on the board for the NSPCC Art Gala. He co-founded the Design Fund for the V&A and now sits on the International Council for the museum. He is also on the board of MICAS, Malta’s new museum project which opens in 2021 and will house Malta’s contemporary art & design collection.

MBN UK and Malta Tourism Authority are proud and delighted to co-host this exclusive event, which is also being supported in sponsorship by Clintons, the award winning boutique law firm for entertainment and the creative arts.

Attendance is strictly by invitation and registration only, and restricted in numbers. You will require a code to register. Preference will be given to fully-subscribed members and invitations to guests are only extended once members have confirmed. Should you wish to attend but have not received an invitation please email


MBN UK Director, Perit Charles Saliba re-appointed on the Building Industry Consultative Council’s Advisory Board

MBN UK Director, Perit Charles Saliba B.E.& A. (Hons.), M.P.M. (UTS), MRICS has recently been re-appointed on the Building Industry Consultative Council’s (BICC) Advisory Board for 2017 / 18.
 The BICC’s Advisory Board consists of 25 stakeholders within the Maltese building industry representing regulators, consultants, educational institutions, employers, developers and financial institutions all of which contribute to support the BICC’s mission of ‘monitoring the building industry and to advise policy makers on ways to enhance it as a strong social and economic contributor to improve sustainable development’.
On his re-appointment Perit Saliba said, “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to once again work closely with the BICC’s Executive Chairperson and contribute to the BICC Advisory Board by bringing an international viewpoint to local issues. This also continues to put in practice one of the Malta Business Network’s key aims of encouraging and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and ideas between UK and Malta based professionals.”
(Featured Image: MBN Director, Perit Charles Saliba (first from the left) hosting a BICC delegation at Ecobuild, London)

Nature Claims Gozo’s Iconic Azure Window

March 8th 2016, London: A sad day for the Mediterranean island, today saw the tragic collapse of the iconic Azure Window in Gozo. A breath-taking structure that is believed to be thousands of years old, rough seas have finally taken their toll as the magnificent limestone arch has finally crumbled into the Inland Sea.

One of the most popular destinations on the Maltese archipelago, the idyllic turquoise waters surrounding the limestone sculpture has been a popular site for swimming, scuba diving and boating.

2012 saw a large piece of rock dislocated from the imposing arch, an alteration that has significantly led to its devastating and eventual demise.

While the Azure Window might have finally fallen after thousands of years teetering in its precarious position, the memory of the structure will live on particularly with its presence in blockbuster films. The formation can be seen in films such as Clash of the Titans and The Count of Monte Cristo. The Azure Window was also the backdrop of the wedding between Daenerys and Drogo in the first episode of the hugely popular television series, Game of Thrones.

The arch stands very close to another cultural landmark, Dwejra Bay. A dramatic coastal formation that wraps around the Azure Window, the bay is heralded as one of the top five dive sites in Malta. Despite the heart-breaking collapse of this natural monument, the area will continue to be one of the island’s most picturesque attractions particularly with its sapphire lagoon, excellent hikes, and rockpools abundant in marine life.


MBN UK Exclusive Lunch with Gary Neville and Winston J Zahra on June 27 2019

From Manchester to Malta … and back

The directors of MBN UK are proud to host subscribed MBN Members and Guests to an exclusive lunch with Gary Neville, retired footballer, head coach and assistant manager, TV commentator, entrepreneur and one of the most decorated English and European footballers of all time, and Winston J Zahra, prominent businessman, hotelier and CEO of GG Hospitality, a Manchester based hotel and catering company founded by former Manchester United footballers known as the Class of ’92 which includes Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.

They will be talking about experiences From Manchester to Malta … and back

At the height of their playing careers, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs were regular visitors to Malta for R&R and as guests of the local supporters’ club, the oldest established official Manchester United Supporters Clubs outside of the UK.

In 2009 they were in Malta for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the local supporters’ club, met Winston and struck up a conversation about a hotel investment Gary and Ryan were about to make in the UK. The conversation led to Gary and Ryan investing in Island Hotel Group plc later that year when the company went public.

IHG plc was eventually sold to IHI plc (Corinthia Hotels), in what was a first for the Malta Stock Exchange. Winston served as MD for Malta and Spain for two years before stepping out of his executive role at IHI but maintained his shareholding and his non-executive positions in IHI. It was at this point that Gary and Ryan asked if Winston would join them in Manchester as CEO of GG Hospitality and also as an investor in the Stock Exchange Hotel due to open later this year.

The lunch takes place on Thursday June 27 2019 at the Corinthia Hotel, London. Tickets are available at a first come first served basis for MBN UK and MBN Malta members, and then guests.

Venue: Northall Private Dining Room, Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD, UK

Time: 12.30 for 1pm to 2.30pm

Welcome drink served at 12.30.

Dress Code: Business

Tickets: £100 per person, payable in advance.

This will be a very popular event so please RSVP at your earliest and reserve your tickets by emailing Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements.

For any queries, kindly email

Gary Neville

Gary Neville is a retired football player and a key member of the famous Class of ’92 Manchester United squad. He is the co-owner of Salford City Football Club and since retiring from football in 2011, Gary went into punditry and was a commentator for Sky Sport until he took over the head coach position at Valencia in 2015. He returned to his position as a pundit for Sky Sports in late 2016 to become the most respected and followed pundit in football. He was also assistant manager for the England national team from 2012 to 2016.

Gary spent his entire playing career at Old Trafford and at the time of his retirement in 2011, he was Manchester United’s second longest serving player in the squad, behind long-time teammate Ryan Giggs and had served as club captain for five years. He is one of the most decorated English and European footballers of all time, having won a total of 20 trophies, including eight Premier League titles and two Champions League titles.

Gary made his international debut in 1995 and was first-choice right-back for England for more than ten years, representing the nation at three European Championships and two World Cups. He is England’s most-capped right-back with 85 caps.


Winston J. Zahra

Winston J. Zahra is the CEO of GG Hospitality, a Manchester-based hotel and catering company founded by former Manchester United footballers known as the Class of ’92, which includes Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.

GG Hospitality operates Hotel Football and Café Football in Manchester. Hotel Football, located 50 metres away from Old Trafford football stadium, was the brainchild of Gary Neville and is today owned by Singaporean entrepreneur Peter Lim together with Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Philip Neville and Nicky Butt.

GG Hospitality is also responsible for the design, development and operation of the high-profile Stock Exchange Hotel, a brand new boutique hotel located in the centre of Manchester, scheduled to open in Q4 of 2019. The Stock Exchange is a 1906 Edwardian building which has been fully restored and converted into a 40-room boutique hotel and residences over the past two years.

Winston qualified in Hotel and Catering Management at Portsmouth University and on his return to Malta, joined Island Hotel Group, a small family business at the time. He was responsible for the start-up of an event company, which under his management became the leading event caterer in Malta. Winston was key to the growth of the hotel group which also included the opening of 25 Costa Coffee shops under franchise in Malta and the south of Spain. In 2009 Winston led the group’s  transition from a family business to a public company quoted on the local Stock Exchange, and in 2015 concluded the sale of the Group to International Hotel Investments plc. (Corinthia Group). He remained involved in IHI till he joined GG Hospitality in the U.K in 2018, but remains a shareholder and board member on a number of boards within IHI.

A Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a Lifelong Honorary Member of the Malta Institute of Management and a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), Winston has also occupied various posts on national boards, including the main board of the Malta Tourism Authority and Malta International Airport.

He was elected as the youngest President of the Malta Hotels & Restaurants Association at the age of 32 and served as President for a full term. He remained active at council level for 12 years. Winston also served on the board of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality for two years and on the board of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development. He was recognised as the “Young Hotelier of the World” for 1999, and in 2009 Winston was chosen as the Johnnie Walker Man of the Year in the Entrepreneurship category.

In 2015 Winston set up the Lisa Maria Foundation in Malta together with his Uncle, Tony Zahra. It is the foremost organisation dedicated to safeguarding of young people through legislative and culture change.

#Malta #MBN #Football #Manchester

#MBNUK June Meeting 2019

The next MBN UK members meeting takes place on Tuesday June 25th between 6.30pm – 8.30 at St James Room 1, the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED.

Invitations are being sent to all members and online registration is required to attend. Guests are asked to directly contact

Please note that guests must either be invited or accompanied by a named MBN member. If you wish to attend but do not know any MBN members, kindly contact us at

Guests may be asked for a photo ID for security purposes.

Dress Code: Business/Smart