Monday, 24 June 2024

Paul Little, Chairman and Founder of Little Group.

Australia

Champion's Profile

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. 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.

UNDP SDG

Good Health and Well-Being, Quality Education and Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Description and impact

In 2015 Paul and his wife Jane Hansen established a private ancillary fund called the Hansen Little Foundation. This has now grown to be a large and active philanthropic undertaking, chaired and run actively by Jane Hansen. Current areas of focus are on tertiary education, the arts, medical research and select project contributions. The size of grants varies significantly, with some multi-million dollar gifts having a long gestation period which occur typically when Jane or Paul have had extensive involvement with the organisation. The Foundation's resources extend beyond the financial to include both time and expertise in assisting a range of recipients to optimally achieve their goals. For the Little Group, philanthropy is an important part of the culture and how it chooses to prioritise it resources. The Foundation is not a cheque-writing exercise. It is about targeted programming where the founders have had extensive involvement in the design and impact of their investment. Those programs are specific in their nature and deep in their commitment.