Mel McElhatton has been elected as JCI Malta’s National President during the organisation’s latest annual general meeting held on 22nd October at The Leadership Hub in Tigne. The newly elected board will be effective from 1st January 2023 until 31st December 2023, based on JCI’s ‘one year to lead’ decree.
Mel McElhatton is a Maltese social worker and trainee Gestalt Psychotherapist, who has spent the past five years working directly with individuals battling addiction, both within a community, as well as a residential setting.
The other members on the newly elected JCI board are Florence Vermeiren as Deputy National President and VP International, Julian Dingli as JCI La Valette Local President, Rachel Cassar as JCI Wignacourt Local President and Nicole Borg as JCI de Rohan Local President.
Melanie McElhatton and Giovanni Chieppa retained their appointed roles as Secretary General and Treasurer, respectively. Giselle Borg Olivier, 2022 National President, will automatically take on the role of Immediate Past President serving as an advisor to the board throughout the year.
As incoming National President for 2023 Mel McElhatton delivered their vision for JCI Malta in the coming year with the theme ‘Dare to Lead’, and all 2023 National Board candidates also delivered their presentations with their vision for the upcoming year.
In her opening speech as outgoing National President Ms Borg Olivier stated that “COVID was the reason behind this year’s theme ‘Reconnecting Leaders’. The pandemic showed us that despite our struggles we can find strength and resilience to carry on, to make the tough choices, and to emerge as better people.”
“COVID helped us realise just how much we need other people around us – the value of reconnecting, and the hope of leadership in bleak times,” she added.
A highlight of the year for the organisation was the launch of The Leadership Hub, alongside JCI Malta Corporate Partner JA Malta. This hub is a space for both entities to hold initiatives that are aligned with their vision for innovation and leadership across various sectors.
Among the 2022 initiatives were national-level events such as the SeedGreen Programme organised in conjunction with the Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise, the VOPS-funded ‘Find Your Niche’ year-long project that comprises various self-development activities, and the ‘You Ask, MEPs Answer’ session organised alongside the European Liaison Office.
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This comes after Martin Saliba’s term ended after three years at the helm.
He first joined the organisation in 2015 as Head of Business Development
He leaves Esports Entertainment Group after a year as Vice President of Information Security.
Co-Founder Jörgen Nordlund will take over the position on an interim basis until a replacement is found.