Steve Micklewright Executive Director
Steve joined BirdLife Malta in November 2012. Previously he was Director at Avon Wildlife Trust, in Bristol, UK.
Steve has worked for environmental organisations, including WWF, for more than 20 years and has been a very active environmental campaigner both through his work and in his community. During 2012 he was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Medal in his native Bristol for his services to the community after his successful efforts to protect a woodland from development.
While at WWF, Steve coordinated campaigns about marine protection and endangered species. He also led the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England’s work to prevent the mass sale of government forests in the UK.
Nicholas Barbara Conservation Manager
Nicholas graduated with a BSc in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Malta, followed by an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity from the University of Exeter in Cornwall in 2006. His research work focused on studying the ecology of the Ghadira Nature Reserve and the introduction of alien mollusc species in Malta.
He has since worked as a demonstrator and part-time research assistant at the Department of Biology at the University of Malta and as an ecologist and coordinator with a local environment consultancy firm, specialising in environmental impact assessments. His interest in developing a career in ecology and conservation started at an early age, prompting him to join BirdLife Malta as Project Manager for Malta’s largest conservation project- the EU LIFE Yelkouan Shearwater Project in 2009. Nicholas now coordinates all BirdLife Malta's conservation projects, including the EU Life+ Malta Seabird Project.
Christian Debono Conservation and Policy Officer
Christian graduated from the University of Malta in a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Masters in Cultural Heritage Management. He worked for two years at the International Ocean Institute - Malta Operational Centre within the University of Malta where he supported the institute with trainings, events and different research projects. During this time he was active as a volunteer with Friends of the Earth Malta campaigning on climate change and renewable energy. In 2009 he worked as project manager for Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar where he focused on setting up a website promoting heritage tourism in Malta. For two years he was involved on the steering group of Young Friends of the Earth Europe and joined in the activism revolving around the UNFCCC climate negotiations.
He left Malta in 2009 to do a year of European Voluntary Service in Gent Belgium, where he supported Jeugdbond voor Natuur en Milieu with the preparations and organisation of the European Youth Perspective Conference on Biodiversity (YouPEC 2010) in summer 2010. After this voluntary experience he was employed by the European Environmental Bureau in Brussels as Energy Savings Campaigns officer. There he helped coordinate a European working group lobbying for stronger energy saving policy. Christian was in the past a volunteer during Birdlife Malta’s Spring Watch camp in 2009 and in his teens he was a member of Klabb Huttaf. He started working with Birdlife Malta as conservation and policy officer in September 2012.
Benjamin Metzger Head Researcher
Benjamin started volunteering in bird research and nature conservation in his early youth. Later, he studied classical zoology, marine biology and ecology in Heidelberg and Rostock. He completed his PhD on immuno-competence and parasite-host interactions in migratory songbirds at the Institute of Avian Research 'Vogelwarte Helgoland' in 2011.
Since 2000, he has been working on various Environmental Impact Assessment's in marine environments and collected extensive experience in surveying seabirds in colonies on land, from research vessels and via aerial surveys. During the past 10 years, Benjamin has been taking part in bird migration studies and research projects on bird associated emerging infectious diseases in many European countries, Africa and Central East Asia. At the moment Ben's main project is the EU Life+ Malta Seabird Project
Victoria Caruana Administration/Membership Officer
Victoria has been working for BirdLife Malta for the past 20 years and she is lovingly called “Central Command”. She is a key person in the day-to-day running of the BirdLife Malta office. Before that, she was almost entirely dedicated to the upbringing of her two children and occasional voluntary work. She has a very cheerful, outgoing personality and a good sense of humour. The only thing that sparks her anger is cruelty to animals, which is probably why she has spent all these years dedicated to BirdLife Malta.
Gianmarco Santirocco Financial Officer
Gianmarco started as the Birdlife Financial Officer in October 2013, he also has the role of Project Administrator on the LIFE+ projects and Internal Mentor for the European Voluntary Service (EVS) Volunteer Assistants. Gianmarco studied a B.Com.(Hons) in Accountancy in the Italian FEMA faculty of the University of Macerata, Italy. The following 3 years was spent in the practice, he then qualified in 2013 as "Dottore Commercialista" (Certified Public Accountant) and Auditor (Practicing Certificate in Auditing) in Italy, soon to have the equivilant qualifications in Malta. Gianmarco worked for Perkin Elmer Plc. in Monza (Italy) and for Best Imports Ltd in London (UK). In Malta he worked first for Ascot Ltd and Untours Insurance as Operations Manager and Senior Accountant, before joining BirdLife Malta.
Ray Vella Foresta2000 Warden
Ray has always had a passion for birds and since 1973 has been a member of the Malta Ornithological Society, then BirdLife Malta. During the period 1978 until 1985 he was living abroad, in Canada and Germany, where he continued his favourite hobby, birdwatching. His other great interest, that of trees led him to become the Foresta 2000 Ranger in 2004 where he has managed to combine both his hobbies into one, that of providing a typical Mediterranean Forest, where trees and shrubs can grow, and attracting birds in all seasons to rest and breed. The area will eventually cover 104 hectares of land, three times the size of Buskett, where one will be able to see for himself how the island once was, greener and more attractive to birds!
Caroline Rance Project Development Officer
Caroline comes to BirdLife Malta from Scotland, where she previously worked for the RSPB (UK BirdLife partner). She first became involved with BirdLife Malta as a volunteer on our camps, and joined the staff in June 2013. With a love for nature and an enthusiasm for sharing it with others, her years at RSPB involved public engagement, membership and volunteer development – getting people excited about nature, and inspiring them to do something to protect it. Caroline’s role involves communication and development of key projects, working to increase vital public awareness and support for BirdLife Malta and our important conservation work.
Andrew Hill Administration
Andrew graduated with a BA degree in Social Sciences from the University of the West of England in the 1990s. He has worked in a wide variety of roles including managing a fashion retail store and jointly running a resources and information centre for health promotion in the National Health Service. He worked in the social care sector for 14 years working as a support worker with adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues.
He has a passion for nature, wildlife and the great outdoors and Andrew has been actively been involved in local community environmental campaigns in the UK including a local campaign to save a woodland from development.
He joined BirdLife Malta, job-sharing the Membership and Administration Officer role, in 2013.
Hannah Chisholm Education Manager
Hannah joined the BirdLife Malta team in January 2014 in the role of Education Manager, she is passionate about conservation and believes that education is the key to ensure the work being done sustainable. Hannah started out by getting experience of overseas conservation projects including working with a chimpanzee conservation charity in Uganda, WWF in India and VSO in Egypt. Following this she settled back in the UK for 3 years working for the RSPB on a new initiative project in South Essex trailing new projects with schools, families and teenagers. RSPB also run flagship international projects and in 2013 Hannah spent six months in Sierra Leone working with Gola Rainforest National Park developing an education and community engagement project. The second half of 2013 was spent back in the UK working for Keep Britain Tidy who are responsible for running Eco Schools in the England. The role of Education Manager will oversee both formal and informal education work including the Dinja Wahda Schools Programme, Klabb Huttaf membership and field teaching on our nature reserves.
Maryrit Zammit Dinja Wahda Co-Ordinator
Rupert Masefield Communications Officer
Charles Coleiro Is-Simar Warden
David Attard Ghadira Warden
Tom Hendry Assistant Warden
Jason Aloisio Is-Simar Teacher
Victor Falzon Ghadira Teacher
BirdLife Malta is also currently hosting eight voluntary assistants through the European Voluntary Service, an EU initiative.
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