Our Team

Paul Hawkins

Paul is the Founder and Managing Director of MergeCo International. He specialises in non-organic growth strategies, and has international experience in merger, acquisition, joint venture, investment, collaborative and start-up initiatives in over 20 countries. He has advised and consulted on bids and transactions totalling approximately $20 billion.

Paul developed MergeCo's proprietary SETUP4Success® leading practices non-organic growth framework, which draws on over 30 years of research and the practices of some of the world’s most successful serial acquirers. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; holds a master’s degree in business and is a regular presenter at international conferences.


James Bawtree

James has had over 15 years’ experience in all major facets of strategy implementation and programme management including a role as Programme Director for a demerger of an investment management business from its owner, a large financial services organisation to establish two companies owned by a large off-shore financial services organisation. James also has trained, coached and mentored over one thousand portfolio, programme, Program Management Offices (PMO), change, benefit and project managers with 100% success rate for certified foundation courses.

He has been independently assessed by APMG, through the world’s most rigorous process as a Registered Consultant and Approved Trainer in Project Portfolio, Programme Management, Project, PMO, Benefits Management, Health Check and Maturity Reviews. James is also an approved Gateway Reviewer and has developed PMLogic’s Strategy Execution method with has hands-on, in-depth working understanding of managing in complex environments. He is the lead lecturer of Strategy Implementation for Australia’s pre-eminent Executive MBA (Complex Project Management) run by Queensland University of Technology.


Rosanna Hawkins

Rosanna has a finance background and began her career working for TNT in Australia, Paris and then globally. She has worked for a number of multinational corporations, gaining extensive international finance and project management experience, before co-founding MergeCo in Sydney in 2005. Rosanna has undertaken international strategic engagements ranging from sourcing to outsourcing and is the operational and project management powerhouse of MergeCo.