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Hawthorn in Business 1


Hawthorn in Business #1

Mark Hawthorne will delve into the dark side of business and take a look at organised crime, fraud, gambling, insider trading and the importance of integrity in your organisation.


Featuring a two-course menu, beverages and post-event drinks, this is a networking lunch not to be missed. 

Date: Friday 17 May

Time: 12.30pm - 3.00pm

Venue: Zinc, Federation Square




Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton AM

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton commenced his appointment as the 22nd Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police on 1 July 2015.


Graham first joined Victoria Police in December 2009 after accepting a position on the Victoria Police Executive. After initially working as Director of the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department, Graham assumed the role of Director, Corporate Strategy and Governance Department, and then in April 2011, Graham commenced in the position of Assistant Commissioner, Crime Command. In that role Graham commenced numerous reforms designed to improve the Victoria Police response to serious crime and organised crime.


In February 2012, Graham was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner, SpecialistOperations. In this role his responsibilities included oversight and management of Crime Command, Forensics Services Department, Intelligence and Covert Support Command, Legal Service Department and Road Policing Command. During that time, Graham led a victim focused approach resulting in changes to the handling of child sexual abuse cases, cracked down on crime associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs, and initiated sport integrity reforms.


John Silvester

John Silvester has been a crime reporter based in Melbourne from the late 1970s. He has written, edited and published crime books that have sold more than 1 million copies in Australia.


His work was adapted into the top rating Underbelly television series shown on Channel Nine and he has acted as presenter in a series of award winning television crime documentaries.


He won the 2007 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year and was highly commended in the same award in 1998 and 2014.  In 2008 he was judged the Victoria Law Foundation Legal Reporter of the Year. He has won eight Melbourne Press Club Quill awards, nine Victorian Law Foundation Awards, four Walkley Awards, a Ned Kelly Award for true crime writing and a Ned Kelly lifetime achievement award.  In 2018 he was elevated to the Australian Media Hall of Fame.

He presented ABC documentaries Trigger Point, an in depth examination of police shootings in Victoria and Conviction, a study of the police investigation into the murder of Jill Meagher. Conviction won the 2017 Logie for Outstanding Factual Program.

He is the senior crime reporter for The Age and appears on 3AW as crime commentator Sly of the Underworld. He has given evidence in Royal Commissions on crime and corruption.


Hawthorn in Business is pleased to offer three membership options for 2019.  


These have been designed to allow our members the opportunity to grow their business-to-business relationships and provide unique marketing opportunities through the club.




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