James McMahon DSC, DSM

James McMahon DSC, DSM

James is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Australian Capital Equity. He recently finished as the Commissioner for the Department of Corrective Services in Western Australia. He commenced this appointment in November 2013 and concluded the reform agenda in April 2017. 

He has worked in the private sector, first as Chief Operating Officer of Azure Capital and later as the Managing Director of Chauvel Group. This included advising companies, government and not for profit organisations in strategy, operations, risk, governance and people performance. 

James’ private industry and public sector experience followed a 24 year career in the Australian Defence Force which included Commanding Officer of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS). He lead several deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Timor Leste and also served in South East Asia, Europe, Solomon Islands and Bougainville. As an SAS Squadron Commander, his squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation for exemplary performance. As the SAS Commanding Officer, his unit was awarded both the Meritorious Unit Citation and the Unit Citation for Gallantry. He was personally awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) for command and leadership in action in Timor Leste, Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Board memberships include the West Coast Eagles Football Club 2007–2015, where he also served as Deputy Chairman, the SAS Resources Trust Board since 2008 the Australian War Memorial Board since October 2015 and recently appointed to the St John of God Health Care Board and the Investment Advisory Group Committee for RSL WA. He is also an ambassador for ‘The Fathering Project’ since June 2016. 

Education qualifications include a Masters in Management and a Masters in Business Administration.