CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER
Berrick founded Chain Reaction in 2007 after his daughter Milla was rushed to hospital with a brain haemorrhage when she was 2 days old. Over the weeks that Berrick and his wife Caroline spent at the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the Monash Medical Centre, they benefitted from quality care and attention from all the medical staff. What was obvious from the experience was that even in Australia’s major capital cities, more can be done to help our sick children.
After Milla recovered fully, the experience drove Berrick to do something that would allow people in a similar position to himself to assist sick and hospitalised children. As a result Chain Reaction was founded.
Berrick is a Partner at KordaMentha and has experience leading a range of complex real estate development, investment and financing insolvency and turnaround engagements. Since starting his career in 1990, Berrick has provided valuation, consultancy, development and transaction advice applicable to a broad range of real estate interests in Australia and South East Asia. As a property professional with strong financial and insolvency experience, Berrick has specialist skills to assist in formal insolvency and informal turnaround/workout engagements for financiers and companies in financial distress, including development companies with assets tied up in property and corporations who develop, own or lease property.
John has been an instrumental part of the success of Chain Reaction in his role as CEO from 2010–2022. John has overseen the growth of the events into New South Wales and Queensland and the introduction of the first Women’s Ride. Since joining Chain Reaction, John has taken total funds raised from $2.75m to over $37m.
Prior to joining Chain Reaction, John spent 20 years in the funds management industry where he held a variety of senior positions in the product development, sales and marketing and operations divisions of organisations such as AMP, County Investment Management and Orchard Funds Management. John has been in the financial services industry since 1990 and holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics degree from the University of Sydney.
John’s passion for Chain Reaction stems not only from his interest in cycling but also because it allows him to give back to the community. As a father of three children, Chain Reaction’s focus on children’s charities makes it the ideal choice.
Daryl Browning, Chief Executive Officer AAPI, Grad Dip Vals, Cert of Business Studies Real Estate, Dip of Financial Services. Daryl was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ISPT in April 2005 and is responsible for the overall management of ISPTs business, encompassing four domestic funds with approximately $14 billion of assets in almost 120 properties. He has over 30 years experience in the property investment and management sector including twelve years in direct financial services. Prior to joining ISPT in 2002 he held senior roles with Knight Frank. He is a director of International Property Funds Management, Property Industry Foundation Australia and Chain Reaction Foundation.
Michael has supported the Chain Reaction Challenge Foundation since completing his first ride in 2008 and was instrumental in setting up the Chain Reaction event in Queensland. Michael has ridden in 15 consecutive Chain Reaction events.
Michael has practised law in Brisbane for over 35 years. He is a legal consultant at McBride Legal and Chair of the Queensland Organising Committee for Chain Reaction.
He has 2 children. His daughter Kate has completed multiple Chain Reaction Challenges and son Luke is a bike mechanic and keen MTB rider.
Andrew is a director of Marshall White & Co, Melbourne’s leading residential agency covering the municipalities of Stonnington, Boroondara, Bayside & Port Phillip.
Andrew has participated as a rider in 6 Chain Reaction events and is currently the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Melbourne Chain Reaction Challenge.
The Chain Reaction culture and camaraderie that Andrew has experienced over his previous rides, both on and off the bike, is what keeps him involved along with his desire to raise as much as he can to help make a difference to the lives of sick children and their families.
Charles joined BaptistCare, a leading profit for purpose Aged Care and Community Service provider, in 2020 as CEO. He brings significant experience in property, planning and development and building focused and well-respected Management teams. Prior to joining BaptistCare Charles worked for the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Property NSW and Colonial First State, focusing on creating vibrant and connected places and spaces and optimising returns for investors.
Charles is married to Jane, and together, they have three daughters. He is a keen cyclist and spends early mornings and weekends on the road enjoying the company of other riders and the amazing national parks that surround Sydney. Charles has been involved with Chain Reaction since the first ride held in Sydney in 2012.
Michelle McNally is the CEO of Aware Real Estate, the $1.7bn property investment platform for Aware Super’s directly owned Australian assets across industrial, residential and mixed use with an extensive development pipeline. Michelle has over 25 years of property industry experience, across investment and funds management, portfolio management, valuations, leasing and occupier management. Prior to Aware Real Estate, Michelle held the role of General Manager Property at Australia Post and General Manager Commercial at ISPT, leading investment strategy and implementation across the ISPT $8b office portfolio. Michelle is a Director at Women’s Property Initiative, a community housing provider of long-term housing for women and children at risk of homelessness. Michelle was part of the inaugural Chain Reaction 300 Women Ride, and completed a few more subsequently. She has a passion for getting outdoors and is a very proud road e’bike owner.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Adam comes to Chain Reaction with extensive experience across the corporate and private business environments. Having held CEO, General Management and Business Coaching roles across a range of industries, he provides strong strategic and commercial expertise to help guide future direction at Chain Reaction. Adam holds a degree in sports management and has spent time in the not-for-profit sector thus comes well prepared to understand and live the Chain Reaction values.
Being an avid cyclist and heavily involved with one of Melbourne’s largest riding groups, he has a passion for cycling and a purpose to help others, making Chain Reaction the ideal career match. Adam enjoyed our 2021 Melbourne ride as a rider where he experienced the motivational journey most first-time riders take, from cyclist to valuable fundraiser and contributor for the amazing work done by our charity partners.
Having three children, and through personal experience, Adam understands the importance of supporting children who are less fortunate than ourselves.