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James Stewart

National Co-Leader, Restructuring Services

KPMG Australia

James became a Partner of Ferrier Hodgson in 1994 and has practised in corporate turnaround, restructuring and strategic consulting for over 30 years. He was managing partner of the firm’s Melbourne office and National Chairman of Partners.

James has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s leading retail corporate doctors with a deep knowledge of the retail sector that is unique in his field.

He is highly regarded as a strategic thinker and is a frequent public commentator on digital  disruption, changes in consumer behaviour and the impact on retail models. He has travelled extensively overseas with Westfield studying international retail business models and global trends.

James joined KPMG as a Partner following the firm's merger with Ferrier Hodgson in June 2019.


Areas of expertise

  • Business strategy
  • Restructuring and turnaround
  • Retail and consumer brands



  • Retail
James Stewart

Education and qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business in Accounting

  • INSEAD – Leap 2018


  • Associate Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia

  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Member, Australian Retailers Association

  • Registered Liquidator of the Supreme & Federal Court


  • Financial institutions

  • Listed corporates and SMEs

  • Hedge funds

  • Retail property institutions

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