I have over 20 years’ experience as a trainer and course coordinator, having coordinated and delivered soft-skills training courses and Forum Theatre and Street Theatre workshops, both locally and overseas. I also coached drama students at the National Drama Centre for two years. I have also managed several awareness and educational campaigns, on behalf of NGOs, government agencies as well as the European Commission.
For 11 years I worked as an Executive with Malta’s National Agency in the fields of addictions, namely gambling and substance abuse. For two years I worked as Research Executive within the Research Department. Later, I managed the Community-Based prevention programmes for four years, working closely with Local Councils, other public organisations and NGOs. Soon after, I was entrusted with the management of a team of peripatetic teachers for 5 years, working mainly with 11-17-year-old students. I also worked with adults, such as parents, non-formal educators, teachers, university students, nursing students, professionals, as well as prison inmates.
Furthermore, I have devised several soft-skills training programmes and tools, co-authored training manuals for PSD, Home Economics and Social Studies teachers, authored several publications about addictions aimed at students and the general public, delivered ‘train the trainer’ courses, and organised and facilitated residential weekend courses for young people.
In 1999, I was actively involved in the setting up of a European network for young people, PATH-European Youth Without Drugs, and led several preparatory meetings, held in various European countries in preparation of a European conference, which the organisation held in Reykjavík (Iceland). I served as a national coordinator, regional coordinator for the Mediterranean region, and later as the Director General of this network.
Between 1997 and 2000 I served as the Director General of the national NGO Daritama, which ran a community school for children, a community radio (Radju Kottoner), worked with prison inmates and their relatives.
Since 2008, I have been managing promotional, educational and awareness campaigns, on behalf of NGOs, government agencies, commercial companies, as well as the European Commission.
I hold a diploma in Youth Studies from the University of Malta, having presented a dissertation on young people with disability, education and employment. Currently, I am reading a Diploma in Teaching Adults.