Our Chief Executive leads the department to support the Premier and Ministers to deliver the government's vision for South Australia.

Jim McDowell commenced as Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet 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 serves on the State Government’s Infrastructure South Australia and the Urban Renewal Authority Boards.

Privately, Jim serves on the Governing Council of St Peter's College.

Thoughts and Insights

Jim McDowell, regularly shares his thoughts and insights via editorial pieces on a range of topics relating to our department's work.

Enhancing the state’s cyber resilience

Lot Fourteen – where ideas and innovation are coming to life

Building a culture of excellence and inclusion

Reconciling disadvantage with opportunity

New artistic directions and traditions

Lessons learnt and challenges for SA's veteran community