Meet Our Commercial Team

James Cozens – Director, Commercial

James was employed as an in-house Legal Advisor for over 7 years before moving from the UK to Sydney in 2007. He has experience in commercial litigation, employment law and also the management of key regulatory matters, such as FSA Compliance.

After starting his career at a FTSE 100 company, James took advantage of the Clementi Reforms to become part of the senior management team that created the first and largest legal services company in the United Kingdom.

At CompliSpace, James works with potential clients to establish their specific needs and offer structured, tailored and straightforward solutions to address their corporate governance needs.

James holds an LLB Law Degree from Nottingham University and attained his LPC Certificate from the University of the West of England. He also holds a Certificate of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Brooke Benson – Head of Financial Services

Brooke is a regulatory compliance professional with over 15 years’ experience in law, policy and management. Her principal areas of expertise are in financial services, governance, risk and compliance.

Brooke has held roles in Australia and UK in private practice, as a policy advisor for the Minister for Financial Services, in-house counsel with a market regulator and as principal legal officer and company secretary of a government fund with over $14b under management. 

Brooke is admitted as a solicitor Supreme Court of NSW and a non-executive director of an aged care service provider. She holds an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce and Law from University of New England. She is a member of the Law Society of NSW, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and Senior Associate FINSIA.


Kim Stirling – Senior Consultant

Kim has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years, specialising in public fund raising and compliance. Having held senior positions with the corporate regulator and two listed funds management companies, Kim has a deep understanding of the compliance, risk and corporate governance issues facing clients in the financial services industry.

Combining this background with a Commerce degree and a directorship of a property development company, Kim has a practical understanding of the commercial constraints driving effective corporate governance solutions for our clients.

Over the last 11 years at CompliSpace, Kim has consulted on a wide range of issues for our financial services and listed entities.

Matthew Stern – Senior Associate

Matthew works within CompliSpace’s commercial division as an associate. He guides clients through implementations, and maintains long term customer satisfaction through operations management.

Matthew interned at Port Jackson Partners, a management consultancy firm, while completing his Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.  Matthew joined CompliSpace upon graduation in August 2016, seeking a hands on consulting experience and direct management of client relationships. His role requires extensive face-to-face and over the phone interaction with clients from a range of disciplines, from fund managers to housing investors.

Fun fact: Matthew has been coaching a wide range of sports since he was 16, and is an avid EPL fan.