Formed in 2006, the Little Group focused initially on opportunities in the property sector through Little Projects and Little Real Estate, and in philanthropy. We’ve since expanded investments across a range of enterprises including aviation and lifestyle. Opportunities are pursued either solely by the Group or with like-minded partners where distinct value creation can be gained, delivering benefits to the Group, our partners and the community.
We pursue only those opportunities that we’re passionate about and where we feel we can make a substantial, long-term difference through our experience, our know-how and our capital.
Paul Little AO CHAIRMAN
Mr Paul Little is Chairman and Founder of the Little Group.
Formed in 2006, the Little Group focused initially on opportunities in the property sector through Little Projects and Little Real Estate. The Group has since expanded investments across a range of enterprises including aviation and passenger ferries.
In November 2015 Paul and his wife Jane Hansen launched the Hansen Little Foundation, a large-scale, active philanthropic undertaking with the singular objective of leaving a legacy of significant and positive change.
From 1986 to 2011, Paul was the Managing Director of Toll Holdings and oversaw the Toll Group’s rise to become Asia’s pre-eminent provider of logistics services.
Paul has received a Doctor of Business honoris causa from RMIT University.
In 2010 he was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the development of the transport and logistics industries, and for service to the community through philanthropic support of sporting and medical research organisations.
Paul is Chairman of Skalata Ventures and the Federal Government’s Simplified Trade System Industry Advisory Council. He is a past Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Visit Victoria and the Essendon Football Club and a former Director of Property Exchange Australia (PEXA). He is a Fellow of the University of Melbourne, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
From March 2020 until April 2021 Paul was a Commissioner of the National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board, appointed by the Prime Minister.
Jane Hansen AO CHAIR, HANSEN LITTLE FOUNDATION
Jane Hansen AO is the 23rd Chancellor of the University of Melbourne appointed on 1 January 2023. She was initially appointed to the University of Melbourne Council on 1 January 2016 and elected Deputy Chancellor on 12 December 2017.
She is currently CEO and the Chair of the Hansen Little Foundation, Chair of Melbourne Theatre Company, Chair of the University of Melbourne Campaign Advisory Board, member of the advisory board for the Melbourne Humanities Foundation and board member of Opera Australia and The Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, the largest public foundation in Australia.
Jane was formerly a mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance specialist at Macquarie Bank and First Boston/Credit Suisse and has more than 25 years of investment banking and management experience in the UK, USA and Australia. Previous directorships include the MCG Trust, the State Sport Centres Trust, the federal body of Athletics Australia and the Foundation of the State Library of Victoria.
Jane is a Fellow of the University of Melbourne, has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Business Administration [check title] from Columbia University, New York. She is a Member of Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In January 2020, Jane was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, to education and cultural institutions, and through philanthropic support for charitable foundations.