Law Advisory Council Members

One male and one female solicitor talking at an office desk

Bruce MacDiarmid

Bruce is an international investment banker with more than 25 years of experience in advising governments, boards and corporates .
Bruce is presently the Chairman of investment banking for Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand, a board member of Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and Chair of its Finance and Performance Committee.

Bruce Joined the UNSW Law Advisory Council in 2019.

Bruce’s previous executive roles include Managing Director and Co-Head of Corporate Finance, Australia and New Zealand for Deutsche Bank AG Sydney, Head of Natural Resources for Deutsche Bank in the Asia Pacific and Co-Head of Rothschild Australia.

Bruce holds degrees in Commerce (with Merit) and Law from the University of New South Wales and is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

James Hooke

James Hooke is a Senior Managing Director with Macquarie Group who currently serves on the board of infrastructure businesses in Europe and the United States. From 2018 to 2019, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the A$5 billion Macquarie-managed Australian Stock Exchange listed toll road company, Atlas Arteria (ASX:ALX), which owns and operates toll roads in Europe and the United States of America. From 2009 to 2017, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the New York Stock Exchange listed Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (NYSE:MIC), based in New York. MIC was a developer, owner and operator of infrastructure across the United Sates in the aviation, power (gas and renewables) and energy sectors. During his tenure, the company’s market capitalisation grew from under A$100 million to over A$7 billion. James joined Macquarie Group in New York in September 2007.

Prior to joining Macquarie, he served in various positions with Fairfax Media Limited (now part of Nine Entertainment Co.), Bain & Company management consultants, and Phillips Fox Solicitors. James was a Trustee of The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York from 2014 to 2017. He is currently a Board member of the Dusseldorp Forum, a charitable foundation that supports increased educational and life opportunities for Australia’s young people.

Mr. Hooke received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree, both from the University of New South Wales. Married with three children and now living in Sydney, he is the co-author of three books.

Jennifer Mar Young

Jennifer Mar Young is a Director Client Relationships with Arrilla, a partnership with KPMG.
Previously, Jennifer was Director, Aboriginal Outcomes at the Department of Family and Community Services (NSW); Senior Manager at PwC Indigenous Consulting; Director, Civil Law and Cabinet at the Department of Justice NSW; Director, Service Delivery and Reform, Aboriginal Housing Office at FACS; Director, Legal Services Coordination, Department of Justice NSW and as Senior Policy Officer, Social Justice Unit, Australian Human Rights Commission.
Jennifer is an experienced executive in government administration. Skilled in Business Relationship Management, Policy Analysis, Strategy Implementation, Cultural Diversity, and Government. A strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.

Lindsay Muir

Lindsay is a Federal Prosecutor at the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and works in the Commercial, Financial and Corruption branch. She has experience in both civil and criminal complex litigation. Lindsay graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of New South Wales in 2016.

Michael Sirmai

Michael advises companies, executives and boards on strategy, growth, governance and change.
In a career of over 15 years in banking, finance and law, Michael has served in key roles including general management, strategy, distribution, treasury and product. He is currently Strategic Consultant to the co-founders of Harrison.ai, a leading clinician-led healthcare artificial intelligence company. Previously he spent more than a decade at the Westpac Group, and started his career as an M&A and capital markets lawyer in top tier law firms in Sydney and New York.
In addition to regular pro bono consulting to the social sector, he is Chair of Milk Crate Theatre, Chair of the Young Ambassadors’ Committee, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and a Member of St Vincent’s Health Australia’s NSW Advisory Council. Michael holds Bachelors degrees in Arts & Law from UNSW and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.