Mr James C Hawkins

Mr James C Hawkins grew up in Hobart, Tasmania where he attended The Hutchins School.  He then attended Monash University from 1996 to 2000, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours).

Mr Hawkins has a close affinity with Monash University, having lived on campus at Mannix College during his first two years at university and he played over 150 games of Australian Rules Football for the Monash Blues Football Club both during and after attending university.

After graduating from Monash University, Mr Hawkins started his career as a solicitor, working with national law firm Clayton Utz.  He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in both the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in 2002.

After practising as a solicitor for three years, Mr Hawkins decided to change career and he became an investment banker, joining Macquarie’s Investment Banking Group in 2004.  He worked in Macquarie’s Investment Banking Group in Melbourne until 2007, when he re-located to Macquarie’s New York office.  Whilst working in New York Mr Hawkins experienced firsthand the upheaval that the Global Financial Crisis had on international finance markets.  He returned to Macquarie’s Melbourne office in 2010 before joining independent corporate advisory firm Flagstaff Partners in late 2011, where he still works as an Executive Director.

Mr Hawkins is on the advisory boards of Plexus, a provider of technology based legal services and one of Australia’s fastest growing companies and Urban Property Australia, a leading adviser in property investment and development.

Amongst his other achievements, Mr Hawkins is a Royal Humane Society of Australasia Bronze Medal Bravery Award recipient and past Vice-President and Life Member of the Monash Blues Football Club.

Mr Hawkins is married to Clare and has two young children, a daughter Amelia and a son Edward and his interests outside of his professional endeavours include spending time with his family, playing sports and travelling.