Jim McDowell

Non-Executive Director

LLB

Jim has worked for 35 years in a variety of Executive roles in the Aerospace and Defence industry, living in the U.K., Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and Saudi Arabia, culminating in the roles of CEO BAE Systems Australia where he oversaw the purchase of Tenix Defence, followed by CEO BAE Systems Saudi Arabia.

Most recently, Jim was South Australia’s top public servant as Chief Executive for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet where he was responsible for supporting the Premier and Ministers to deliver the government’s vision for South Australia.

Since leaving his role as Chief Executive for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Jim has become the Group CEO of Nova Group.

Jim brings a genuine passion for growing local industry capability and significant board experience having previously chaired Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and been a director of ASX listed companies Austal Ltd., Codan Ltd and the Adelaide Football Club. Jim holds a Bachelor of Law (University of Warwick) and an honorary Doctorate (University of South Australia).