Established by Paul Little AO
and Jane Hansen AO to pursue
their business and philanthropic opportunities aligned with their personal interests and passions.

Our story

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.

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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 the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and Skalata Ventures. He is a Past Chairman of Visit Victoria and the Essendon Football Club and a former Director of Property Exchange Australia (PEXA). Paul is a Fellow of the University of Melbourne, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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Jane Hansen AO CHAIR, HANSEN LITTLE FOUNDATION

Jane Hansen is an active director in the not-for-profit sector, with more than 25 years investment banking and management experience in London, New York and Australia.

Currently Chair and CEO of the Hansen Little Foundation and all associated philanthropic initiatives, Jane was formerly a mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance specialist at First Boston/Credit Suisse and Macquarie Bank.

Jane joined the board of the Melbourne Theatre Company in February 2015 and became chair in January 2020. She was also the inaugural Chair of the theatre company’s foundation. She is the Deputy Chancellor and a Member of the Council of the University of Melbourne, and sits on the Melbourne University Humanities Foundation and is Deputy Chair of the Believe Campaign.

Jane also sits on the board of Opera Australia and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and is a member of Chief Executive Women. 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, holds bachelor degrees in economics from Monash University and arts majoring in History from University of Melbourne, and a master’s degree in finance and business administration from Columbia University, New York.