Our Board and CEO

The Little Wings charity is governed by a Board of volunteers highly experienced in their respective fields with complementary skill sets.

Janette Davie AM - Chairperson of the Board

Janette has spent most of her professional life in the Tourism and Travel industry both in Australia and in the USA. Her expertise lies in developing strong teams, and driving growth strategies both in commercial enterprise and in the Not for Profit sector where she has also spent many years. Janette has a broad knowledge of governance, finance, risk, privacy and data protection from her many Executive roles, the most recent of which was Mastercard Pty Ltd in Sydney. Janette is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and joined the Board of Little Wings in January 2017, taking on the role of Chairperson of the Board in June 2017.

Phil Duvollet - Director

Phil has a strong aviation background having started his career as an Aircraft Maintenance Enginner in the Royal Australian Air Force. Phil worked for almost 10 years at Williamtown near Newcastle working on Macchi jet fighter trainers, Winjeel's and FA-18 Hornets, and was the volunteer Maintenance Officer for the Williamtown Flying Club for several years. Phil obtained his unrestricted pilot's licence at this Club and also obtained an aerobatic's rating participating in regional flying competitions. Phil holds a Master's Degree in Engineering from the University of NSW and now manages a project management consulting business where he consults to State Governments including the NSW Ministry of Health on various projects as well as CEO's, CFO's and Boards of large companies on their project risk profiles and capital portfolios. Phil has young children and was raised in the country so has a great appreciation of the challenges families living regionally experience. Phil is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and joined the Board of Little Wings November 2016.

Michael Semark - Director

Michael joined the Little Wings Board in October 2017. He is a Partner at the Global Executive seach firm Boyden. Michael brings over 25 years experience working in the fields of executive talent acquisition and human capital consulting as well as managing businesses in Australia and the UK. Michael is a visible figure in the provision of Interim Management Professionals and HR talent acqusition arena and has built a global reputation in his field. He leads the Interim Management Practice at Boyden and has an impressive track record across many sectors including banking, commerce and industry and public sector. Michael holds a degree in Hotel Management which has always given him a strong customer care ethos, and has worked as a child mentor with children's mentoring charity Chance UK, supporting children with emotional or behavioural difficulties. Outside of HR executive search Michael has 3 children, runs sprint triathlons and is a Master Diver with PADI.

Michael Sharp - Director

Michael joined the Board of Little Wings in October 2017. He has over 20 years experience in media and corporate affairs and over 10 years experience in investor relations. Since January 2011 he has been Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations at Downer EDI Limited. His previous roles include Vice President Corporate Affairs at Brambles, Head of Corporate Communication at Qantas, and General Manager Corporate Affairs at Westfield Holdings. Michael was originally a lawyer and he also worked as a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald for five years.

Mark Edmonds - Director

Mark joined the Board of Little Wings in November 2017. He is a Partner of professional services firm PwC, where he works with a diverse range of clients in industries including infrastructure and real estate. Prior to PwC, Mark was Director of Structuring and Fund Mandates at listed investment management firm Challenger Limited. He also started a talent management business providing professional agent representation to young and aspiring footballers. Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), a Masters of Taxation, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. Mark enjoys all things outdoors with his family which includes his two young children.

Alexandra Bryant - Director

Alexandra joined the Board of Little Wings in August 2018. She has over 10 years experience in leadership, communication and marketing roles and is currently the Agency Director for Map and Page, a PR and content agency. Prior to this Alexandra worked for Westpac for 7 years across various marketing, media and project based roles focussed on delivering excellent customer outcomes. During this time Alexandra was a member of the NSW Community Board for the Westpac Foundation. She also has experience in HR and internal communications from her time with Colgate Palmolive. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing/HR) and a Masters in Commerce (HR) from University of NSW. She is passionate about working organisations with a special purpose. When not working Alexandra enjoys travelling the world and exploring new cultures.

Clare Pearson - Chief Executive Officer

Clare is the CEO at Little Wings and has dedicated her career to the not-for-profit sector; most recently fulfilling roles as CEO in the anti-human trafficking and disability industries. Clare is a qualified psychologist, specialising in child and adolescent welfare, and passionate about working in community based projects aimed at making a difference in the lives of children and their families.

Following her training, Clare worked in positions of senior leadership in both Australia and the United Kingdom, establishing new projects of purpose and developing, leading and inspiring teams in executing innovative programs in the areas of child protection, early intervention, disability and education.

More recently, Clare authored a book titled, Threads of Hope, with the goal of celebrating the lives of human trafficking survivors. Ultimately, shining a light on the devastating scars humans have battled, the survivor stories of triumph and the incredible work, passion and intervention offered by Australians in creating change, raising the voice of those unable.

Clare is a strong believer in the power of people, whereby a united effort can effect meaningful and significant change on a local and global level.