Effective 1 October, Julie Cooper will succeed Jim Whalley, co-founder of Nova Systems. Jim will remain on the Board as Deputy Chair.
“The past 12 months have been very significant for Nova Systems,” said Julie Cooper. “We have developed a new strategy, recruited a new Group CEO and recruited two new Non-Executive Directors to our Board”.
“As a 100% Australian owned and controlled company, Nova is in a strong position moving forward. We are well positioned to provide our clients and partners with a truly sovereign solution – as a partner to the Australian Defence Force for critical capabilities including Test & Evaluation, Certification and Systems Assurance and through the newly formed Sovereign Missile Alliance,” said Julie.
"I am excited for what the future holds under Jim McDowell’s leadership and experience, which will be critical to our ability to scale and deliver solutions to meet our client’s complex challenges."
- Julie Cooper
Julie joined Nova as a Non-Executive Director in July 2017. As part of the Board’s succession plan, she was appointed as 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 United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
“I’m deeply grateful to Jim Whalley for his vision, dedication, and passion which has led to the creation of a global engineering and technology company,” said Julie. “Equally, I am excited for what the future holds under Jim McDowell’s leadership and experience, which will be critical to our ability to scale and deliver solutions to meet our client’s complex challenges.”
Julie Cooper is also on the Board of Credit Union South Australia, the Adelaide Crows’ Foundation, Sarah Constructions, and is a Council Member for the Australian Institute of Company Directors.