Chain Reaction Foundation

Board Of Directors

Margaret Bell, AM
President/Chief Executive Officer - Chain Reaction Foundation

Margaret has been working with community, business and government leaders during 50 years of wide involvement with civil society at state, national and international levels. Margaret was founding President/CEO of Volunteering Australia, the peak national body for volunteering, founding member of the Australian Prime Minister's round table on business and community partnerships, a founding Director of CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and World President of the International Association for Volunteer Effort.

She is the founder of Chain Reaction Foundation, dedicated to working with community, business and government leaders to find clearer, more sustainable ways to build social cohesion and inclusion nationally and locally.

Jody Broun
Chief Executive Officer - Aboriginal Housing NSW Government

Jody is a Yindjibarndi woman from the Pilbara in Western Australia.  She has spent almost 30 years in Aboriginal affairs at State and National levels, the majority of that time in senior executive roles.  She completed a two year term as the inaugural elected female Co-Chairperson at the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.

Jody holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education and a Master of Philosophy.  She is also an artist and has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1988 she won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and in 2005 the Canberra Art Award.

Until recently she was managing the Australian Red Cross operations in NSW involving more than 300 staff and 6,000 volunteers.  From November 2018 Jody has taken up the position of Chief Executive Officer at Aboriginal Housing with the NSW Government.


Benjamin Chow, AO
Council of the National Museum of Australia

Benjamin Chow spent over forty years in the land development industry both in Australia and South East Asia. He sits on the boards of Global Fortune Investment Limited and Mindax Limited. He is a Council Member of Sydney Medical School Foundation, University of Sydney and Chairman of Australia and China Beverages Food and Health Supplement Products Association (ACPA).

Benjamin has served on many Boards of Universities and NGO's. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2007.

Dorothy Harding
Communications Consultant

Dorothy Harding has over 30 years of communications industry experience, she has worked for private, not for profit and government clients including six years with Volunteering NSW. Currently working as a consultant her diverse client portfolio includes ASX listed oil and gas companies, environmentally friendly coffin manufacturers,  nuclear radiology association and hospitality. As a Board Member of Chain Reaction she provides pro bono support with graphic design and communication issues.


Hon John Hood
Business Advisor

John Hood is a company Director with a considerable business background with George Wimpey Ltd, Chemical Bank, Chase Manhattan and JP Morgan - all in London. He is a Director of The Parent Practice UK and Bellanga Pastoral Co Australia.  He comes to Chain Reaction Foundation as a business advisor.


Prof Abd-Elmasih Malak, AM
Chair, Multicultural Mental Health Australia Association, Vice-President World Federation of Mental Health and Convenor Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations (APRO)

Professor Malak has worked in the field of health and social welfare for the past 30 years in service provision, policy development, planning and management.  He has published a wide range of  papers on cross-cultural issues.

In 2002 Abd was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to immigrant communities. He is currently CEO of the MMM Group, a global health consultancy group. 

Paris Neilson

Paris Neilson managed Sydney’s White Rabbit Art Gallery for 7 years. A board member for the Biennale of Sydney and member of the Commissioners Council for Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale.

She is a member of the advisory committee for the Neilson Foundation and has a keen interest in philanthropy. She is currently volunteering at Chain Reaction Foundation’s major project, Mt Druitt Learning Ground.


Dr Sev Ozdowski, AM
Director Equity and Diversity - Western Sydney University

Dr Ozdowski is also Hon. Professor Sydney University, Chair Australian Multicultural Council and President of the Australian Council for Human Rights Education.

Sev's life-long commitment to multiculturalism and human rights was recognised when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (2016) He received the Officers Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (2007), FECCA 25th Anniversary Medal (2005) and was given an honorary doctorate from RMIT 2004).

Your donations are helping to give disadvantaged people and communities a brighter future, whether large or small every cent helps to make a difference. Chain Reaction Foundation is registered as a Public Benevolent Institution and has Deductible Gift Recipient Status. All donations over $2.00 are Tax Deductible.

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