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The ultimate corporate
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Chain Reaction is the Ultimate Corporate Bike Challenge that raises money for sick children by challenging senior executives who have a passion for cycling and an awareness of their corporate social responsibilities, to ride a 1,000 plus kilometre course in 7 days.

Berrick Wilson
Chairman and Founder

Berrick Wilson

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 is national head of Real Estate Advisory 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.

Daryl Browning
Director

Daryl Browning

Daryl Browning, Chief Executive Officer AAPI, FRICS Grad Dip Vals, Cert of Business Studies Real Estate, Dip of Financial Services. Daryl Browning 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 $8 billion of assets in almost 80 properties and an international fund with assets in the US, Spain and UK. He has over 25 years experience in the property investment and management sector including six years in direct financial services. Prior to joining ISPT in 2002 he held senior roles with Knight Frank. He is a director of IPD Australia, Chain Reaction Foundation and on the Advisory Board of PIF Victoria.

Mark Ryan
Director

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan has been involved with Chain Reaction since 2010 and rode in the Sydney to Melbourne event in 2011 and from the Gold Coast to Sydney in 2012. He has extensive experience in government, media and the corporate sector. Between 1985 and 1994 he held a number of positions with State and Federal Governments, including as Senior Political Adviser to the Australian Prime Minister. Since then he has been a Director of a Sydney-based investment bank and is now Group Director of Corporate Affairs for the Westfield Group.

Michael Byrom
Director

Michael Byrom

Michael has been a supporter of the Chain Reaction Foundation since completing his first ride in 2008. He was instrumental in setting up the Chain Reaction event in Queensland and in 2016 will complete his tenth Chain Reaction Challenge.

Michael is a lawyer and has practised law in Brisbane for over 30 years. In that time he has established himself as well-known and respected property lawyer, was the former founding managing partner of Holding Redlich when it established an office in Brisbane in 2002 and has advised on legal issues on some of Brisbane’s prominent buildings and retail centres.

Michael is currently the Principal at Byrom’s in Brisbane, is Chair of the Qld Organising Committee for Chain Reaction and has a special interest in cycling, and the great outdoors.

He is a regular presenter for legal seminars and currently writing for The College of Law on community title law in Queensland.

He has 2 children.

Brad Bennett
Director

Brad Bennett

Brad has over 25 years’ experience in the direct property and real estate industry, and is currently a Partner of KordaMentha Real Estate. He specialises in the project management of developments including retirement, apartments and housing.

Prior to joining KordaMentha Real Estate in 2015, Brad held senior management positions with fund managers and investment banks Abacus Property Group and ARIA Property International and with international real estate companies, Chesterton International and Knight Frank.

Brad originally became involved in Chain Reaction after he met Chairman and Founder, Berrick Wilson, and heard of his heartbreaking experience with Mila. Berrick’s story inspired Brad help launch the first Chain Reaction Queensland event, becoming one of the founding major corporate sponsors in Queensland in 2011. Brad has since participated in, and been a major sponsor of, each of the three Queensland events.  He is a member of the Queensland Organising Committee and continues to be a very strong advocate of Chain Reaction in Queensland, and Australia.

John Ward
Executive Director and CEO

John Ward

Joining the Foundation in 2010 as CEO, John has overseen the growth of Chain Reaction into New South Wales and Queensland, and more recently, the introduction of its first Women’s Ride.  Since joining Chain Reaction, John has taken total funds raised from 2.75m to over $15m.

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.