Lin Hatfield Dodds

CEO, The Benevolent Society

Lin is the CEO of The Benevolent Society, a charitable organisation that has been providing support services to Australians and advocating for positive social change for more than 200 years. She has extensive experience in social policy, systems leadership, and cross sector social innovation, as well as a wealth of operational expertise. 

Lin was previously Associate Dean at The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). From 2016 to 2019, she was Deputy Secretary, Social Policy, in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she led whole of government advice to the Prime Minister on social policy issues and on gender equality. Prior to this, she was the National Director of UnitingCare Australia, the national body for Australia’s largest NGO network of social, health and aged care services.

Lin has served on a wide range of boards and government advisory bodies, including as Chair of the Australian Social Inclusion Board, and President of the Australian Council of Social Service. Her career includes working as a counselling psychologist with families and young people at risk, with a particular interest in trauma and abuse.

Recognition of Lin’s contributions include, ACT Australian of the Year, a Churchill Fellowship to study anti-poverty strategies, and an ACT Chief Minister’s International Women’s Day Award.

Chief Executive Officer since 2021