Meet the team
Our people are everything. We come from all walks, personally and professionally. We work together and across businesses, solve problems, ask big questions, share stories, eat, laugh, debate, challenge and encourage our community toward a new, more conscious, empathetic and progressive economy.
Danny is the founder and CEO of Small Giants, which he started with Berry, who also happens to be the mother of his three children, the creative director of Small GIants and "the most awesome person in the world" (Danny's words). Prior to Small Giants, Danny was the founding CEO of Engineers Without Borders and the CEO of Medivax. He has done some other cool stuff including being part of the team that broke the record for racing a solar car across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide. He loves reading nonfiction and jumping on the trampoline with his kids.
Berry is the co-founder and Creative Director of Small Giants, the Publisher and Editor of Dumbo Feather and a mum to the three cutest kids in the world. Berry loves the garden at work. Especially the roses. A few years back, Berry used to write screenplays in LA and directed a few short films but decided to come home and get married to Danny (CEO extraordinaire of Small Giants). Very good decision.
Kaj (pronounced Kai) works with the Small Giants team to produce new and innovative projects that positively impact the world. With a passion for philosophy and learning, he is also the Director of The School of Life Australia. A Humanitarian (Civil) Engineer by training, he sits on the Board at Engineers Without Borders Australia, where he previously worked. His other roles at Small Giants include: table tennis enthusiast, mixed D-grade indoor soccer player and coffee lover…
Mele-Ane is part of the Small Giants team and is currently managing one of their investee companies, media company Dumbo Feather. She has a varied background, from corporate law to community and human rights law, with an Oxford MBA thrown in for good measure. At business school and the Skoll Centre for Social entrepreneurship, Mele-Ane became enamoured by the idea of social and responsible business, and the power of story-telling.
Connie (AKA the Queen of the White House) is Danny and Berry's assistant and looks after everyone in Small Giants and the beautiful White House. After working in many different roles over the years in different industries, Connie wanted to find a place that aligned with her personal values, and to find a job she loved! When she's not running around and keeping everyone in the office in check, she loves playing soccer with the Small Giants indoor soccer team, running, travelling, food (it's in her Italian blood) and is always up for trying something new!
Caroline is part of the Small Giants strategy team, and Chief Impact Officer at Impact Investment Group (an Australian funds manager). Caroline has 9 years’ professional experience in the commercial, government and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining IIG and Small Giants, Caroline founded the New Generation of Giving program, an Australian-first which develops emerging leaders in impact investment and philanthropy. Caroline began her career as a commercial lawyer with Sydney firm, Pigott Stinson. She is an alum of the 2012 Sydney Leadership program.
Lillian is part of the Small Giants strategy team. Passionate about education and social justice, Lillian worked previously as a corporate lawyer, speechwriter to a federal politician and as Development Director at Stand Up, a Jewish social justice organisation. She has consulted widely in the not-for-profit sector. Lillian was the first Director of the Pathways to Politics Program for Women at Melbourne University. She has a Masters of Law in Human Rights. Lillian loves crossfit, coffee, travel, reading and her four children, not necessarily in that order.
Dave is responsible for the development and construction wing of Small Giants. Dave’s skills and experience come with accolades and awards such as the Master Builder of the year and other highly sought after industry awards. He has also had appearances on Grand Designs Australia. Dave has had 15 years’ experience in the construction industry and is the director, co-director and co-founder of multiple companies such as Martin Builders, Archiblox, Birdie Workshop, JM Cladding and The Cape Patterson Eco-Village. Dave’s passion is building and connecting environment, nature, community and people. He loves spending time in the ocean surfing, and going on adventures with his beautiful family and friends.
When Madeline started working here in 2013, she worked between Dumbo Feather and Small Giants. After a few months she went all the way over to Dumbo Feather to head up their events and community engagement and has come full circle to again be working between the two, looking after special projects and events. Madeline is currently completing her MBA at Melbourne Business School and has been pleasantly surprised to find that her arts/media brain enjoys data analysis and decision trees! She enjoys reading (anything, everything), travelling (anywhere), eating, running, watersports and a good red wine shared with friends.
Francie leads the finance teams across the portfolio of businesses. Francie has a unique combination of senior finance business and psychology experience. Starting her career at PwC, Francie has nearly 20 years assurance and consulting experience working with organisations (ASX listed, private, not for profit, government) across industries (health, education, property). Before joining Small Giants, Francie was the Chief Financial Officer at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra which cemented her belief that arts and culture are important to the wellbeing of our society. Francie is also an advocate for gender equality, volunteering as an external member of the Finance and Risk Committee for Ourwatch. Francie has a big family, loves playing Lego and doing craft (you can never have enough glitter!). Playing with kids is a good reminder that life is about the journey and not the destination. Francie is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Dan’s vision is to create a harmonious existence for all beings and the planet, now and for future generations. After a career as an investor in the Old Economy paradigm, Dan embarked on a personal journey with his wife Leanne to seek out a way to sustain their own simple existence by contributing their energy and skills in service of a higher purpose. That journey led him to the Small Giants family where he is now part of the investment team. Dan believes in aligning the interests of all stakeholders by investing in an ecologically regenerative, socially conscious and economically productive manner. Dan and his family love riding waves together, snorkelling, hiking and sharing home-cooked meals with their community.