Carey Hawker

Director, Corporate Development



Carey is an experienced senior HR practitioner, coach and career transition specialist with a career spanning over 20 years in the legal and professional services environment.

As Executive Director – People Development at Ashurst, Carey created the firm’s Career Development Program, supporting lawyers, senior associates, and partners through long term professional planning. Heading up national teams, Carey has also had operational responsibility for workforces based in Jakarta, Shanghai, London, and Port Moresby.

At the executive team level, Carey has developed and executed organisational and human resources strategy, creating high performance cultures and winning ten consecutive EOWA awards.
Carey also partnered with the University of Sydney, designing an innovative leadership program that focused on building resilience in high stress environments. Carey’s Masters thesis was a study of high performers in leadership roles.

“I enjoy working with people who feel they have career obstacles. I combine creativity with a pragmatic approach so that they can pursue new opportunities.”

Industry Expertise

Legal Services
Professional Services


Master of Commerce (Human Resources and Industrial Relations), University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma (Business), University of South Australia
Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Asian Studies), University of Adelaide
Certificate in Evidence-based Executive Coaching, The Institute for Coaching and Consulting Psychology, Dr Tony Grant

Psychometric Tools
Birkman Method™
MRG Personal Directions

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