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.
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.
Felicity is a partner in Sparke Helmore Lawyers’ Workplace team. Felicity is an approachable and passionate advisor on all workplace and industrial relations issues. She loves working with her clients - across both the public and private sector - to get great results. Felicity’s strengths include quickly connecting with clients which helps her understand their business and needs. This, and her extensive experience in dealing with all workplace relations issues, assists her get to the heart of matters quickly and implement strategies that achieve the client’s objective. Felicity genuinely enjoys the work she does and will put all she has into ensuring her clients achieve great results. Outside of work, Felicity enjoys spending time with her 3 young (and rambunctious) children.
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.
Lisa Harrington has served in senior roles in government, corporate and not-for-profit across the education, energy and health sectors. Prior to joining the NSW Department of Education in 2020 she was Executive General Manager of Stakeholder Relations at ASX-listed energy company, AGL.
Lisa is currently Executive Director Business Enablement for School Infrastructure NSW where she is responsible for functions including governance, procurement, communications & community engagement, strategy & policy, Ministerial services, finance and business systems.
Lisa enjoys bringing people together to identify and deliver improvements that benefit the broader community. Lisa has a BA Communications degree from the University of Technology Sydney and undertook Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2016.
Michael is the Chief Financial Officer at NextEd Group Limited, an ASX listed entity (ASX:NXD) and a leading private provider of tertiary education services to domestic and international students. Michael has over 30 years of finance experience garnered across ASX listed and multinational companies in multiple business sectors including education, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, utilities and professional services. Michael has worked at leading global organisations including Swiss based pharmaceutical company, Novartis, major ASX listed companies including AGL Energy as well as smaller emerging entities. Michael brings deep functional finance and operational experience to Little Wings including operational finance expertise, leading M&A transactions and implementing large-scale system transformations. Michael has extensive international experience and has lived and worked in Switzerland, Singapore, England and the USA. Michael is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ilana currently works at Atlassian, an Australian born, NASDAQ listed software company that provides collaboration tools for its 265,000+ customers globally. Her team specifically manages Atlassian’s relationship with their largest and most complex global enterprises, the majority being Global and Fortune 500. Apart from working with her customers, one of the things she enjoys the most is the ability to play a role in company’s transformations across many different industry verticals globally.
Prior to Atlassian, Ilana spent 7 years at Telstra working in roles across media and advertising, sponsorship and enterprise and industry strategy. In her last role, she was the Head of Industry and specifically focussed on the agribusiness sector. This resulted in her spending a considerable amount of time travelling nationally and developing a deep connection with regional, rural and remote Australia through her work with local communities, industry, and local, state and federal government.
Ilana is also a Commercial Helicopter Pilot and is a Director of The Helicopter Collective, an aviation services business based in Bankstown, NSW. She has always been passionate about aviation and, in her role, has a strong focus specifically on operations and safety. Ilana joined the board of Little Wings in 2023.
Marc is an anesthetic consultant and pain medicine physician in South East Queensland where he works part time for the Clinical Excellence Division of Queensland Health. Marc has a special interest in health care regulation and medicolegal reporting that led him to undertake a masters degree in health law and ethics.
Marc has been involved in the planning and delivery of rural pain medicine services across the Queensland and oversaw a recent Queensland Health initiative to improve the access of children and young adults to tertiary persistent pain specialist clinics.
Away from his professional life Marc enjoys long distance cycling, bushwalking and CrossFit where he competes at Masters level. Marc Joined the board of Little Wings in 2023.
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. 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 aﬀect meaningful and signiﬁcant change on a local and global level.
Head Of Flying Operations
Adam joined Little Wings in 2015 as a volunteer pilot to assist with pilot training and recruitment. As Little Wings grew Adam took on the role of Head of Flying Operations in 2017. Having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and commenced his flying career in 2000, Adam now has over 10,000 hours flying experience and has flown across Australasia in a variety of roles. Adam has a passion for regional Australia, aeromedical flying and Little Wings families. As at 2022, Adam joined the Little Wings team in a full-time capacity, overseeing all of Little Wings' flying operations.