MUMN Council 2023 - 2027
Paul Pace - MUMN President
His involvement in MUMN executive council started way back in 1999 as a member taking care the Education committee which was just set up for the first time within MUMN structures. His second term in the council was Ass. Gen. Sec. and remained heavily involved in the Educational committee were the conversation course from EN to SN was initiated. His next two terms in MUMN council were then as President were several aspects such as the Practice nurse were officially introduced. Then had a break from MUMN and in 2019 decided to join the ranks of MUMN and currently he is the President of MUMN for the fourth term.
Colin Galea - General Secretary
After he supported the pressure group Lehen l-Infermiera, he was part of the ad hoc MUMN Council in 19 September 1996 until he was elected as the first General Secretary in March 1997. The reason for setting up MUMN was primarily that some nurses were members of a general union while the vast majority were non-union members. The success was felt immediately as in 3rd October 1997 MUMN was awarded the sole recognition for the Nurses employed within the public service. The sole recognition of the Midwives was already in place from the MUM. Today MUMN also enjoys the sole recognition of the Social Workers, ECG Technicians, Phlebotomist and Physiotherapists.
Alexander Manche - Vice President
He initially joined the MUMN team 1997 as a chairperson of the St. Luke’s Hospital subcommittee where he remained as Chairperson until elected in the council on 2011 and served as the chairperson of the industrial relations committee and vice general secretary. He was re-elected in council as chairperson of same committee in 2015. In 2019 and 2023 he was elected to Vice President of the union and Chairperson of the Industrial Relations Committee. My aim is to voice the concerns and act upon the injustices encountered by staff while defending patients’ rights.
George Saliba - Financial Secretary
He started his activity within the MUMN as Secretary of the FNBF in 2004. After the resignation of the chairperson was nominated as Chairperson of the FNBF where stayed till 2007 where he was elected as a member of the General Council. He was given the post of Financial Secretary and formed part of the Administration of the union. To date he has been elected in 5 consecutive council elections and held the position of Financial Secretary through-out this time. He had also been elected as the European Region Board member of the Commonwealth Nurses & Midwives Federation for the years 2017-2020.
Claire Zerafa - Chairperson Institute of Health Care Professionals (IHCP)
Claire Zerafa is a Senior Practice Midwife in the field of Perinatal Mental health. She graduated as a Midwife in 1995 and has worked with the Department of health ever since: obtaining experience in all obstetric wards as well as in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She currently manages the Perinatal Mental health clinic at Mater Dei hospital.
She continued her training by obtaining a Master’s degree in Bioethics from the University of Malta, and obtained her 2nd Master’s degree in Perinatal Mental Health from the University of Hallam Sheffield UK.
Claire continuously attends conferences and regularly updates her training. She is a certified Solihull Approach program facilitator and is accredited to practice the Parent Infant Observation Scale from the University of Warwick UK.
Claire is a visiting lecturer and a mentor with the Midwifery Department at the University of Malta. Currently she is in a research programme entitled ‘Peripartum Disorders’ within the European Cost Action. She is a research officers in the “Parenting Strategy Research” in collaboration with the Department of Family Studies. Claire is a co-founder of the NGO Parent Infant Mental Health Alliance.
In 2019 and 2023 Claire was elected to represent Midwives within the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses.
William Grech - Deputy General Secretary & Chairperson Industrial Executive
William Grech, is a 42-year-old, first-level nurse with 20 years of experience. He has been involved in MUMN since 2016. He has a Diploma and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Malta, and presently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management and Leadership. Currently, he is a senior staff nurse (SSN) at the Home Antibiotic Therapy (HAT) unit at Mater Dei hospital (MDH). In, 2019 he was elected to the MUMN executive council committee for the first time, where he occupied the position of Deputy General Secretary and was vice-chairman of the industrial committee. Through MUMN, he has also participated in promoting the nursing profession amongst students in various career conventions throughout Malta. Moreover, he is an elected member within the Council of Nursing and Midwives (CNM) for the second consecutive term and have an active role in the council’s several sub-committees.
Alexander Lautier - Chairperson Entertainment & Social Executive /Assistant Financial Secretary
Since 1996 he has been an active member in MUMN. He acted as n activist to encourage members to join this new union. On his suggestion during a general meeting, the FNBF was founded. As a union activist, he served on the social and cultural committee organizing events. In 2015 he was elected as a member of the MUMN Council, forming part still of the social and cultural executive committee. He was re elected in 2019 and 2023.
Geoffrey Axiak - Vice Chairperson IHCP
Geoffrey Axiak is a Senior Practice Nurse for quite a few years and has taken part in several MUMN activities and committees and been part of the MUMN Council for several years. He always promotes learning and advocates continuous personal development, upgrading of nursing care standards and the development of new opportunities for career development. As a Member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council he also helps develop strategies to improve nursing and midwifery as a profession
Joseph Aquilina- Vice-Chairperson Industrial Executive
Has been a Senior Staff Nurse for the past 35 years and worked at the Main Operating Theatres [SLH] and Primary Health Care. He has been one of MUMN’s Office Administrator for the past 10 years and is presently a Council Member as well as Vice Secretary General of Forum Unions Maltin.
Alexandra Abela Fiorentino- Vice- Chairperson Entertainment & Social Executive
Graduated as a staff nurse in 2004. Worked at SEDQA for 2 years. Graduated again in 2006 and started working at the Intensive Therapy Unit. In 2015 started working at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre at the Haematology Ward. In 2018 became Practice Nurse in Cancer Survivorship, caring for patients after receiving their cancer treatment by coaching and mentoring them to develop coping skills that will help them navigate through the difficulties that might arise, to have a better quality of life.