Mr Portelli was educated in Malta and the UK. After an early career in the Malta Civil Service, he left and joined private enterprise in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector. Mr Portelli possesses an extensive background in telecoms and general management. His previous roles included being Chairman of the Board and of the Executive Committee of GO plc, Executive Chairman of Air Malta plc, director of Forthnet SA (Greece), and Chairman of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development. Mr Portelli is the current non-executive Chairman of HSBC Bank Malta plc, having joined the board of the bank in 2006. Prior to his current position, he served as Chairman of the audit and Risk committee, and of the Remunerations committee of the Bank.