Malta Association of Hospitality Executives

Davinia Galea MA (Sussex), BA (Melit.), MAHE

Davinia Galea has worked in the cultural sector for more than thirty years in various roles including musician, cultural event producer, policy maker and CEO. In 2014 she set up a company, ARC Research and Consultancy which has been appointed as the Malta Hub, the local contact point for the European Festivals Association (EFA) project Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE). Davinia has recently been appointed Deputy Director of IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) which aims to support cities, regions and cultural projects to understand their distinct cultural, artistic and touristic assets and to utilise them to their advantage.

Between 2007-2013, she was Executive Director of the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (MCCA). She chaired and co-authored Malta’s Cultural Policy in 2011 and was responsible for the setting up of the Malta’s Arts Fund in 2009. Malta’s festivals, including the Malta Arts Festival, the Malta Jazz Festival, Notte Bianca and Ghanafest (the Mediterranean Folk Music Festival), all grew to professional international standards under her direction at MCCA. As Executive Director of MCCA, she formed part of the European Chapter of IFACCA and led the successful bid to co-host the IFACCA World Summit on Arts and Culture, which will take place in Valletta in 2016. Davinia was also a member of the interministerial commission that successfully applied for Valletta, European Capital of Culture, 2018, she was also a member of the presenting panel of the Bid.

In 2014 she was appointed as a member of the Roberto Cimetta Fund Expert Committee that provides mobility and cultural development grants in the Euro-Med zone. She is a visiting lecturer at the School of Performing Arts and the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture at the University of Malta. Davinia has a BA in Music and History of Art from the University of Malta and an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from Sussex University.

Davina is a Board Member of the MAHE.​​

Presently Wayne is working on a new concept, which will generate great franchise opportunities of ‘Pretzeles & Co’, a café and bakery concept. Furthermore, he is focusing on protecting the authenticity of the Maltese cuisine. Wayne was knighted in 2012 by the Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem.

Wayne holds the position of Activities Officer of the MAHE.


Chris is one of the co-founders of the Malta Association of Hospitality Executives, formed in May 2009. He has graduated with a Masters of Science Degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management from Edinburgh Napier University.

After four years in the position of General Secretary of MAHE, Chris is now Vice-President of the association.


Joe has served on MHRA Council for 5 years where for the last two years he has also served as Treasurer of the Association.

Joe holds the position of President of MAHE.


Chev. Wayne A. Chetcuti KLJ ,MAHE

Started off his entrepreneurship within the catering and leisure industry in 1988. Primarily, he set up a renowned and fully fledged family restaurant named ‘Clouds’ in Malta’s nightlife hub, Paceville.

After having effectively managed this venture, Wayne set up a unique night club ‘Footloose Fun Bar’, also in Paceville, attracting extensive crowds. Over the years, Wayne has managed various other catering and leisure outlets, namely Rock Café, Tremors, Mozzarella’s and MINK Club.

Mark Ransley was knighted in 2013 by H.I.R.H. Grand Master Prince Francoise of the Constantinian Order of St George and the Cross of Constantinople (Malta). He has served in various charitable organisations such as Sliema Lions Club, Save the Children Fund and is currently secretary of the Mediterranean Voices Malta. Mark Ransley was also a keen sportsman and has been awarded the National Basketball player of the year in 1980.

Mark holds the position of Education Officer of the MAHE.


Chev. Mark RansleyOCC, MSc (Edin), MAHE

Graduated as a senior Accounting Technician UK in 1984 and obtained a Masters of Science in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Edinburgh Napier University of Scotland UK in 2013.  He started his career as an accountant of a leading incoming travel agent in 1975.

Mark has managed a hotel and a restaurant from 1989 to 1991.  He was appointed Financial Controller, and later Director of a language school from 1991 to 1996. From 1996 to 1997, he was the general manager of the incoming department of an airline handing company. In 1999, he established his own language school and in 2003 he also established a tourism institute.

Board Members 2016

The Board for 2016 is composed of Joe Attard, Chris Camilleri, Mark Ransley, Davinia Galea, and Wayne Chetcuti. These were elected at the AGM that was held in January 2016 at the Imperial Hotel.

Chris J CamilleriMSc (Edin), CCI, MIH, MAHE

Graduated in Hospitality Management in 2002. His career started off as a Food & Beverage Coordinator and moved his way gradually up in Food & Beverage Operations.  Currently he occupies the position of Hotel manager of two 3 star Hotels in Bugibba.

Chris joined the Hotel and Catering International Management Association (HCIMA) as a Student Member in 1999 and is still a member of the Institute of Hospitality (formerly HCIMA).  He has occupied the post of General Secretary of the Institute of Hospitality Malta for five years.  Chris is also an Associate Member of the Customer Care Institute (USA).

Chev. Joe AttardMSc (Edin), MBA, MAHE

Started in the Hospitality Industry in mid '80s at the Eden Beach Hotel. In the late 1980's Joe attended Cambridge Management College. On his return to Malta he joined the Grand Hotel Verdala. In 2001 he was appointed General Manager of a 3 star hotel on the island and since he has held the post at several other hotel properties. Today he still holds the position at the Imperial Hotel in Sliema.

In 2000 Joe was knighted - Grand Cross Order of the Holy Sepulchre by H.I.H. Grand Duke Dimitri Di Russia and in 2009 he was also Knighted as Grand Prior Knights Templar's.