Meet the Team
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.
Deputy Chairperson & 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.
Phil has a strong aviation background having started his career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer 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 aerobatics’ 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 challenge’s 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 joined the Little Wings Board in October 2017. He is a Relationship Director at the Global Talent Consultancy LHH, and an ex-Partner at the Global Executive search ﬁrm Boyden. Michael brings over 30 years’ experience working in the ﬁelds of executive talent acquisition and human capital consulting as well as managing businesses in Australia and the UK. He works with global brands to local organisations helping them with Human Capital Solutions to drive business success. 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 Human Capital Consulting search Michael has 3 children, runs sprint triathlons and is a Master Diver with PADI.
Steve has over 25 years and nearly 12,000 hours as a pilot, from flight instructor to charter pilot, regional airline pilot and through to Captain on the Boeing 777 for Cathay Pacific. Steve hung up his wings in 2013 and came back to Australia working with the aviation regulator CASA in Canberra on the development of the new flight operations regulations.
This operational and regulatory experience has been supplemented with two terms up at Parliament House as the Senior Adviser-Aviation, for Minister Darren Chester and later the then Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, giving Steve rare insight to aviation policy development at the highest levels of government. Whilst working in government, Steve’s experience spanned over several areas such as aviation legislation, aviation agencies, working with government on Sydney Airport, Western Sydney Airport, air service agreements and a number of aviation grants schemes.
With another stint at CASA as the Senior Aviation Adviser to former CEO Shane Carmody, this was followed by a year at Airservices Australia heading up their Government Relations team during the very difficult initial period of Covid-19 which saw Steve co-ordinate planning across multiple Departments and agencies to ensure vital services were maintained. Steve was able to bring all his government and aviation experience together when he was selected as the CEO for the Regional Aviation Association of Australia (RAAA) in January 2021. The RAAA represents most of our leading regional airlines and large charter and flying school organisations, but also a large number of aviation suppliers.
Steve is married to Bobbi and they have two children (Dylan and Madison) and have lived in Canberra since returning from Hong Kong in 2013.
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.
Board Of Director
Daniel joined the Board of Little Wings in December 2021. Daniel is a highly experienced HR professional with 25 years’ experience, including more than a decade leading large resourcing, remuneration, workplace relations and organisational culture functions for a range of publicly-listed companies. Since March 2021, Daniel has been the Executive General Manager at Whitehaven Coal. Daniel spent over a decade in senior human resources roles at AGL Energy covering the industrial aspects of that business including their power generation assets and coal mining operations, culminating in his appointment as Executive General Manager, People & Culture in 2014. Daniel also spent 12 years at Westpac and BT financial group where he worked in a number of human resource and employee relations roles. Daniel holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Wollongong, a masters in industrial relations from Charles Sturt University and has studied at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife and son and travelling.
Chief Executive Officer
Clare is the CEO at Little Wings, commencing her tenure in 2019; she has dedicated her career to the not-for-proﬁt sector. Most recently she has fulﬁlled roles as CEO in the anti-human traﬃcking and dis-ability industries.
Clare is a qualiﬁed psychologist, specialising in child and adolescent welfare, and is 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. Ulti-mately, 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 aﬀect meaningful and signiﬁcant change on a local and global level.