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At the helm of Hili Ventures is a board of directors passionately committed to our vision for sustained growth.

Our directors bring to the table a determination to give real value to every one of our stakeholders through their collective wealth of skills and international management experience.

Board of Directors

Executive Team

CEOs and Managing Directors

Archie Bethel CBE

Archie Bethel CBE is an experienced business leader and board director with a successful track record of transforming and growing businesses in various industry sectors for over four decades. In 2021, after almost 20 years with Babcock International Group plc, a London-based FTSE-listed public company, he retired from his role as Chief Executive Officer. Archie continues to hold non-executive and independent director roles in both the private and public sectors. He is a chartered engineer and holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He was awarded an OBE in 1996 and a CBE in 2008 for services to business and enterprise in the United Kingdom.

Melo Hili
Chief Executive Officer

Melo Hili has led Hili Ventures since its inception in 2013, having joined the family business in 1988. He started out at Motherwell Bridge, then a joint venture with Motherwell Bridge Group of Scotland, where he served as managing director for twenty years. Melo was named Developmental Licensee for McDonald’s in Malta in 2005 and went on to expand across Europe, obtaining licenses for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 2007, Greece in 2011 and Romania in 2016. Under his stewardship, the company has diversified into new sectors including technology, hospitality and real estate.

Annabel Hili

Annabel Hili currently occupies the role of Chief Operating Officer at Hili Ventures, overseeing the group’s HR, IT, Communications and Data Protection functions. She is also involved in strategic business transformation designed to engage the group’s people and create momentum to impact portfolio and performance. A lawyer by profession, Annabel spent the first five years of her career at a leading law firm in Malta. She holds an LLM in the Law of Internet Technology from Bocconi University in Milan. She is also a board member of other companies within the group.

Jesmond mizzi

Jesmond Mizzi is the Managing Director of Jesmond Mizzi Financial Advisors, which he co-founded in 2002. His career in financial services spans 20 years, having previously earned auditing experience from PricewaterhouseCoopers. Having held senior roles with a listed company in Malta and through his exposure to capital markets, Jesmond brings valuable business acumen to the leadership team at Hili Ventures. He is also a qualified and affiliate member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).