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Biography PhotoJim McDowell
INDEPENDENT Director

Jim brings a strong, relevant industry background to Austal, with more than 30 years of experience in the defence and aerospace sectors. He was most recently Chief Executive Officer at BAE Systems Saudi Arabia operations. Prior to this, Jim was Chief Executive Officer at BAE Systems Australia where he oversaw a significant expansion of its operations.

Jim joined BAE Systems in 1996 and held senior management positions prior to his CEO roles. Before commencing at BAE Systems, Jim worked for 18 years at aerospace company Bombardier Shorts in legal, commercial, and marketing positions.

Jim left BAE Systems Saudi Arabia in 2013 to return to Australia. He has taken a strong interest in the continuing education sector, and is currently Chairman of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Jim is a Non-Executive Director at Codan Limited. Jim is Chancellor of the University of South Australia.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Warwick in England.