Chairman and Director
Jim Whalley is Chair and co-founder of the Nova Group and a former RAAF fighter pilot and test pilot. He is a graduate of the Royal Air Force, Empire Test Pilots' School, holds an MBA from the University of Adelaide and a Science Degree (Physics) from UNSW.
Peter Nikoloff is an Executive Director, co-founder of Nova and Senior Weapons System Engineer. He is a chartered professional engineer and member of the Institution of Engineers, Society of Flight Test Engineers, Flight Test Society of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Julie joined Nova as a Non-Executive Director in July 2017 and became the Interim Group CEO in July 2020. During her career as a Management Consultant for the global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, she supported clients in Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Holger has been a Non-Executive Director of Nova since August 2017 and is based in Singapore. He has worked for more than 20 years in different international leadership roles in Executive Management, Finance, Sales & Marketing, and Business Development.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Jim has over 30 years' experience in both the private and public sectors. 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. Prior to that he was the CEO of BAE Systems Australia and oversaw the purchase of Tenix Defence. Jim brings with him a genuine passion for growing local industrial capability and developing valuable IP for Australia.