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Latest News From Nova Systems

Jim McDowell to join Nova Group as Group CEO

Nov 4, 2020

Nova Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Jim McDowell as its new Group CEO, effective Monday, 30 November.

Jim has 30 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, Jim was South Australia’s top public servant in the role of Chief Executive for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Prior to that he was the CEO of BAE Systems Australia and oversaw the purchase of Tenix Defence. Under his leadership, the company expanded to become Australia’s largest defence prime, with more than 6,500 employees and annual sales of approximately AUD $1.7 billion. He then moved to Saudi Arabia where he took up the role of in-country CEO for the $6 billion business. Jim also worked in legal, commercial and marketing roles with aerospace company Bombardier Shorts for 18 years after graduating from the University of Warwick (England).

“Jim is the right person to lead Nova into the future ushering in an exciting new chapter of the company’s long and proud history,” said Jim Whalley, Chairman and Founder, Nova Group.
“He has a proven record of leadership and a breadth of business experience that we believe is critical to lead Nova, including the ability to forge major client relationships and a commitment to our people and the behaviours we want to emulate.

“We are on a growth path at Nova and are very well-positioned to continue building on our strong momentum and capitalise on the many opportunities the future holds. I welcome Jim to the Nova family,” said Mr Whalley.

Julie Cooper, who has served as Interim Group CEO since June, will return to her role as Non Executive Director on the Nova Group Board.

In addition to his global experience, Jim brings with him a genuine passion for growing local industrial capability and developing valuable IP for Australia.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to lead this exceptional Australian owned and operated company – one that has so much potential, and is full of smart people,” said Jim McDowell, Group CEO, Nova Group.

“Together with the Group’s Executive Leadership Team, it is my goal to ensure we continue to make Nova’s approach to people our point of difference, keep value generation at the forefront of our minds and focus on our clients. These have always been at the core of Nova and I will continue to keep them front-and-centre as we move forward.”

Jim is serving, or has served, on the board of several major Australian businesses and community organisations. including the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Air Warfare Destroyer Principals Council, the Royal Automobile Association (RAA), Adelaide Football Club, The Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council and St Peter’s College Council of Governors.

About Nova Group

Nova Group is a leading engineering services and technology solutions partner.​ ​Our vision is to solve the complex challenges that really matter to our clients. Nova’s businesses include professional services provider Nova Systems, aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace, Geospatial firm Geoplex, and software as a service firm two10degrees. We employ 650 talented and dedicated professionals across our strategically located offices across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe. We also engage an additional 200 professionals who are strategic partners that make up our supply chain.


Media contact

Jessica Thomas
Director Strategic Communications
Nova Group
M: +61 419 762 724

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Nova Systems partners to ensure pathways for women in Defence

Sep 3, 2020

Nova Systems has partnered with ‘The Future Through Collaboration’ (TFTC) mentoring program to help build pathways within the Australian defence landscape for women in the fields of STEM.

This year, three Novans with backgrounds in engineering and program management will participate in the program as mentees where they will be provided with the opportunity to work with senior mentors and develop skills that will allow them to thrive within the defence industry.

Stepping into the mentoring roles, are four Novans with a diverse mix of experience and knowledge across Strategy, Marketing, Engineering, and Project Management.

“We value the partnership we have formed with TFTC program which contributes to increasing the representation of women within the Defence industry and providing them with the opportunity to grow and enhance their skills in a supportive and more inclusive environment,” said Steven Robinson, Chief Executive Nova Systems Australia and New Zealand.

“Nova’s ongoing involvement in the mentoring program demonstrates our continued commitment to placing people at the centre of everything we do and working to strengthen the retention of women within the Defence industry,” he said.

2020 Mentors:

  • Seamus Miller, General Manager Strategy & Marketing.
  • Kelly Lance, Senior Systems Engineer.
  • Sue Scott, Senior Systems Engineer.
  • Mark Wagstaff, Senior Engineer.

2020 Mentees

  • Lauren Ryan, Operations Manager.
  • Libby Price, Senior Systems Engineer and Project Manager.
  • Fiona Carter, Aerospace Engineer.



Established in 2015, the TFTC Mentoring Program provides women working within the engineering and project management disciplines in the Defence Industry the opportunity to work with a senior Defence Industry mentor. Over 12 months they develop skills and create a network designed to enhance the capability of the Defence Sector in Australia.

Nova Systems

Nova Systems is a an Australian owned and operated Global Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of technology enabling solutions and world class expertise to deliver complex capabilities and systems and solve technologically challenging problems. We solve the problems that really matter. Find out more about our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Action & Leadership

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Jul 22, 2020

Nova Group – Nova Systems parent company – is delighted to announce today at placing #18 in the Best Places to Work Study, Top 50 companies in Australia, 2020.

Celebrating its 20th year in business, the company has achieved a Top 50 place in the prestigious awards 9 times, cementing the Nova Group’s commitment to providing a company that is built on culture, values and people as the company continues to grow.

Commenting on the listing, Blazenka Skender, Group Chief People Officer said “We are very pleased to be named as one of the Top 50 Best Places to work in Australia in 2020. Our people are at the centre of everything we do here at Nova, and we are committed to creating a culture and environment where our people thrive and continue to solve the problems that really matter for our clients.”

Our culture encourages our people to regularly engage in authentic conversations, to ensure we deliver a positive experience for our people, now and in the future.”

The Best Places to Work study is widely acclaimed in Australia. Based on one of the world’s most comprehensive studies of workplace culture by Great Place to Work Australia, the quality of this year’s study was higher than ever.

Great Place to Work Australia, part of Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures.

Nova Group is a 100% Australian owned and operated, leading global services provider. Founded in 2000, the Nova Group specialises in the provision of technology enabled solutions and world class expertise, to solve the problems that really matter. Nova’s businesses include professional services provider Nova Systems, aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace, Geospatial firm Geoplex, and software as a service firm two10degrees. With over 850 full time employees and active sub-contractors across Australia and around the globe, Nova operate in offices across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, United Kingdom and Europe.

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