Board Members


Mr George Borg has had a long career in education. He started his career as a teacher in primary schools and special education. Mr Borg has held various posts and positions in the Ministry of Education, from a teaching position to Director General (Education Services).

During his career, he has been a member of various official boards both locally and internationally. Currently, Mr Borg is also a board member of the Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning (3CL) Foundation, Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Inter-Professional Board for Disability Services (IIPBD), and a member of the Independent Community Living Board.

He also holds an advisory role to the Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disability at the Ministry for Inclusion and Social Wellbeing.

In 2003, Mr Borg received the Worker of the Year Award for his significant work in the field of educating students with disabilities.​


Ms Rhoda Garland was born in the UK in 1969 with Spina Bifida. She is a qualified accountant, working as a business analyst until she moved to Malta in 2006. After reading for a Master's degree in Disability Studies she was asked by the Parliamentary Secretariat for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging to research and write the first State report to the United Nations regarding compliance with the UNCRPD. Following this role she moved to the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability, as a consultant and was given the position of Executive Director in 2015. This role includes managing the operations at the Commission as well as dealing with social policy issues and the planning of disability related legislation. In her spare time Rhoda enjoys sports including wheelchair basketball and rugby and also scuba diving.   ​​

Ms Amanda Grech
, a  graduate of London Metropolitan University and the University of Malta, Ms Amanda Grech is a warranted psychotherapist and a registered psychotherapy supervisor approved by the Malta Psychotherapy Professions Board.  She is also a Psychology lecturer at the International Baccalaureate within St Edward's College 

Ms Amanda Grech has extensive experience in the field of social welfare.  She started her career as an undergraduate at Agenzija Appoġġ, back then known as Social Welfare Development Unit and subsequently as a psychology graduate focusing on community services.  Since then, Ms. Amanda Grech held various roles within the Foundation including that of a Clinical Supervisor and Trainer where she worked with various managements and professionals.  

She has served on a number of national boards and also as a consultant for the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health with regards to the issue of the age of sexual consent.   As a professional  she specialises in Humanistic-Existential Psychotherapies, and has a special interest in  Child Psychotherapy and  Grief and Loss.  

Mr Saviour Grima is a Manager at The Meeting Place Marsa, within the Ministry for Social Justice andSolidarity, Family & Children's Rights where he compiled several studies, surveys and reports on social outreach and family profiling and Networking of NGO's. He worked with different NGO's and stockholders. Mr Grima is actively involved within various localities in Malta and Gozo in the various aspects of the social field. He was in charge of the logistics, administration and distribution of the EU Food Aid Scheme. He worked and is still working on different European projects based on the grassroots needs in several locations. Mr Grima serves on several boards such as the ones for the Foundation of Social Welfare Services, the RISE Foundation, Kenn u Tama Foundation and the Foundation for Educational Services.


Ms Shirley Pulis Xerxen was appointed on the FSWS Board of Directors in 2017. Ms Pulis Xerxen graduated as a teacher from the University of Malta in 1996, where she furthered her studies and was employed as a lecturer until 2019. For a number of years, she focused on training teachers and employees in both the public and private sector. Over the years she has focused on the development of creativity and entrepreneurship and was involved in numerous local and European projects and authored several publications in this regard. She spent her childhood in Ħaż-Żebbuġ and Birkirkara and has lived in Żejtun since 2005 and currently teaches in the same community. 


Mr Stephen Rizzo was born on the 9th of August 1964 in Floriana, where he remained living until he got married and moved to Mosta in 1988.

Stephen attended the Floriana Primary School and then went to the Archbishop's Seminary for his secondary education.  Following his post-secondary studies, he was employed by the Central Bank of Malta in 1983, where he remains employed till today.  In August 2017, Mr Rizzo was seconded with the Ministry for Social Justice and Solidarity, the Family and Children's Rights, where he currently occupies the role of Ministry Liaison Officer, with his main duties being the strengthening of relationships with the voluntary organisatons working in the social field and the negotiations of Public Social Partnership agreements with the same VOs.

Mr Rizzo has been a member of the FSWS' Board from September 2017 and he truly believes that together with the other board members they are doing their best to empower the Foundation in making the necessary positive changes in the social sector.

Mr Nicholas Saliba, Joined the hospitality industry in 1985 in various administrative roles, it was in 1997 that Nicholas Saliba decided to specialize in all matters related to Human Resource together with staff training, always within this industry. Throughout his career, Nicholas was also earmarked to handle projects overseas, including placements in Sudan, The Gambia (West Africa), Libya and Portugal which included hotel openings, staff training and development. Throughout his career he also held Human Resources and Management positions within the retail and medical environments. Currently holding the position of Director of Human Resources at Corinthia Caterers and MFCC Ltd, Nicholas brings a wealth of experience, professionalism, and a positive personality at his role

​​Mr Mario Thomas Vassallo Ph.D. (Sheffield), M.A. (European Studies) (Melit.), B.A. (Honours) (Melit) is Head of the Department of Public Policy, University of Malta. He lectures on multi-level governance, civil society, Europeanization, politics in arts and literature, and evidence-based policy. He serves as Rector's Delegate to the Institute for Public Services. He is the editor of the book series Public Life in Malta, and his research works have been published by Palgrave Macmillan, Emerald, Routledge and other publishing houses. He is a political observer on local and international media and produces radio productions on Campus FM and Radju Malta.​

Mr. Joe Gerada is the President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Social Cohesion Platform of the Council of Europe. He also chairs the Advisory Committee for Family issues for the Ministry for Social Justice, Solidarity, Family and Children's Rights and advises the Ministry on Social Policy matters.

Mr Gerada is a mediator engaged particularly in workplace mediation and serves as a Chairperson on the Industrial Tribunal while consults for private organisations in change management and human resource development. He has senior management experience for over 30 years in both the private and public sectors including the role of CEO of the FSWS.

He is trained in Leadership at Cranfield College UK and in Strategic Management at the School of Management University of Singapore. Joe Gerada holds a Master degree in Mediation from the Institute Universitaire Kurt Bosch (Suisse) and a diploma in Applied Social Studies from the University of Malta.