“Providing children touched by adversity with joy and inspiration through flight”

About FunFlight

FunFlight is a national not-for-profit organisation based in Melbourne. Since inception, FunFlight has flown over 12,000 participants, giving children and their families the chance to fly. FunFlight Day create the opportunity for priceless memories to be made for people who need it most.

How the Fun Began

 FunFlight began in 2007 when founder Michèl Verheem teamed up with Michael Loccisano to pull together 
a handful of pilots to take 10 children touched by adversity for a joy-flight. After six weeks of planning, twenty aircraft and 120 passengers came together to create the first ever FunFlight Day.

On hearing about the initiative, Martin Robson and Richard Ogilvie, founding members of the Peninsula Aero Club realised FunFlight’s potential and immediately offered their support. 

A substantial donation from the estate of Paul Burgess allowed FunFlight to become a registered charity and increase the number of children and families participating. 
FunFlight now hosts events with aero clubs all over Australia and have flown over 12,000 passengers.

We are passionate about reaching every child facing adversity who would love to experience flight and give them that opportunity.

Our Team

Michèl Verheem

Michèl Verheem

Founder & Director

Michael Loccisano

Michael Loccisano

Chairman & Director

Ian Ellis

Ian Ellis

Director

Joseph Ghaly

Joseph Ghaly

Director

Dani Frailon

Dani Frailon

Director

Our Team

Michèl Verheem

Michèl Verheem

Founder & Director

In his working life Michèl tells people where to go; as the owner of the global wayfinding strategy firm ID LAB, he works on large health, transport and civic projects – which gets him to travel around the world. Originally from the Netherlands, and now based in Melbourne, he is married to psychologist Louise.

When he is not in some Asian or European country, he rides his beloved BMW bike along as many winding and gravel roads as he can, camping in the mountains, far away from lights and noise.

Michèl is not a pilot – he does enough flying for his job, but he is driven to make the world a better place, and to encourage people to do the same in their own environment. He started FunFlight as a vehicle to motivate and inspire people to motivate and inspire their communities, and he gets huge satisfaction from seeing how the FunFlight volunteers make a positive difference in other people’s lives.

Michèl FunFlight portfolio is partnership liaison.

Michael Loccisano

Michael Loccisano

Director

Michael is a Director and Partner in Hallmarc Ltd, a Melbourne based property Development Company. He has over 30 years experience in the property industry and is also a licensed real estate agent. His business experience is wide and varied however property is the core business interest.

Michael has been flying since the age of 16 when he first obtained his student pilot licence. He is an experienced pilot with a command instrument rating and holds endorsements on various aircraft including single and twin engine, turbo prop and jet aircraft. He is also a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight having flown missions for more than 15 years.

Michael has been involved with FunFlight since its humble beginnings in 2007 when his friend and Founder of FunFlight, Michèl Verheem approached Michael with the concept. Within weeks FunFlight was born.

Michael’s FunFlight portfolios are Safety and Governance.

Ian Ellis

Ian Ellis

Director

Ian is a self-employed business owner, advisor and mentor. Financially trained and with direct experience in owning and running businesses in Melbourne, Ian assists selected businesses to develop and prosper. Ian has extensive company director experience.

Ian is an experienced, instrument rated pilot with a passion for aviation and assisting others. Ian has been a director of FunFlight since 2013 and has responsibility for the Strategic Planning and Finance portfolios.

Ian is a committed Angel Flight pilot and regularly addresses community groups regarding Angel Fight’s work.

Joseph Ghaly

Joseph Ghaly

Board Member

Joseph Ghaly is a board member of FunFlight. Joe has charge of Communications and Marketing.
Joseph is the Founder of Brilliant Women, a national organisation motivated by inclusion and diversity in business and society. Joe has an accomplished business practice supporting senior executives to reach their next goal.

Joseph previously worked with Ericsson Telecommunications globally, expatriated from Sweden to Brazil and Florida. He later served as the State Relationship Manager CSIRO when returning home to Melbourne.

Dani Frailon

Dani Frailon

Board Member

Dani is a senior consultant who has been consulting in Australia and internationally for the past 20 years. She specialises in shaping organisational culture, leadership assessment and development, board effectiveness, strategic communications and executive team development through strategic advice, coaching, and facilitation methodologies. Dani has been a Partner at PwC, Heidrick and Struggles, Mettle and Rogen International. She is currently working in her own consulting practice and is the COO of Get Skilled Access.

Dani has worked in the United States, United Kingdom, China, India, Hong Kong and South Korea on consulting assignments for organisations including BHP, Bank of America, Westpac, ANZ, Orica, Optus, Ernst and Young, Lend Lease, Hong Kong Hospital Authority, Powercor and the State and Federal Government.

Dani lives on a farm in the Macedon ranges with her husband and two of their six children where they breed Warmblood horses and Murray Grey cattle.

Dani’s FunFlight portfolios are governance and sponsorship.

Michèl Verheem

In his working life Michèl tells people where to go; as the owner of the global wayfinding strategy firm ID LAB, he works on large health, transport and civic projects – which gets him to travel around the world. Originally from the Netherlands, and now based in Melbourne, he is married to psychologist Louise.

When he is not in some Asian or European country, he rides his beloved BMW bike along as many winding and gravel roads as he can, camping in the mountains, far away from lights and noise.

Michèl is not a pilot – he does enough flying for his job, but he is driven to make the world a better place, and to encourage people to do the same in their own environment. He started FunFlight as a vehicle to motivate and inspire people to motivate and inspire their communities, and he gets huge satisfaction from seeing how the FunFlight volunteers make a positive difference in other people’s lives.

Michèl FunFlight portfolio is partnership liaison.

Michael Loccisano

Michael is a Director and Partner in Hallmarc Ltd, a Melbourne based property Development Company. He has over 30 years experience in the property industry and is also a licensed real estate agent. His business experience is wide and varied however property is the core business interest.

Michael has been flying since the age of 16 when he first obtained his student pilot licence. He is an experienced pilot with a command instrument rating and holds endorsements on various aircraft including single and twin engine, turbo prop and jet aircraft. He is also a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight having flown missions for more than 15 years.

Michael has been involved with FunFlight since its humble beginnings in 2007 when his friend and Founder of FunFlight, Michèl Verheem approached Michael with the concept. Within weeks FunFlight was born.

Michael’s FunFlight portfolios are Safety and Governance.

Ian Ellis

Ian is a self-employed business owner, advisor and mentor. Financially trained and with direct experience in owning and running businesses in Melbourne, Ian assists selected businesses to develop and prosper. Ian has extensive company director experience.

Ian is an experienced, instrument rated pilot with a passion for aviation and assisting others. Ian has been a director of FunFlight since 2013 and has responsibility for the Strategic Planning and Finance portfolios.

Ian is a committed Angel Flight pilot and regularly addresses community groups regarding Angel Fight’s work.

Joseph Ghaly

Joseph Ghaly is a board member of FunFlight. Joe has charge of Communications and Marketing.
Joseph is the Founder of Brilliant Women, a national organisation motivated by inclusion and diversity in business and society. Joe has an accomplished business practice supporting senior executives to reach their next goal.

Joseph previously worked with Ericsson Telecommunications globally, expatriated from Sweden to Brazil and Florida. He later served as the State Relationship Manager CSIRO when returning home to Melbourne.

Dani Frailon

Dani is a senior consultant who has been consulting in Australia and internationally for the past 20 years. She specialises in shaping organisational culture, leadership assessment and development, board effectiveness, strategic communications and executive team development through strategic advice, coaching, and facilitation methodologies. Dani has been a Partner at PwC, Heidrick and Struggles, Mettle and Rogen International. She is currently working in her own consulting practice and is the COO of Get Skilled Access.

Dani has worked in the United States, United Kingdom, China, India, Hong Kong and South Korea on consulting assignments for organisations including BHP, Bank of America, Westpac, ANZ, Orica, Optus, Ernst and Young, Lend Lease, Hong Kong Hospital Authority, Powercor and the State and Federal Government.

Dani lives on a farm in the Macedon ranges with her husband and two of their six children where they breed Warmblood horses and Murray Grey cattle.

Dani’s FunFlight portfolios are governance and sponsorship.

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