Department of State Development

 Jim McDowell, Acting Chief Executive

Jim McDowell commenced as Acting Chief Executive of the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment on 1 April 2019. Jim is also the Chief Executive of the Premier and Cabinet commencing this role on in September 2018. As Chief Executive, Jim supports the Premier and Ministers to deliver the government’s vision for South Australia, with a focus on building strong collaborative partnerships across government and with the community and business sectors.

Jim brings a broad experience to the role, from growing up in Belfast to working in the private sector in the USA, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, where he has held many executive, non-executive and advisory roles.

Moving to South Australia in 2001, to establish the Adelaide-based headquarters for BAE Systems Australia, Jim was most recently the Chancellor of the University of South Australia.

Jim is a current board member at the Adelaide Football Club, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and St Peter's College.