On the Couch with Jim McDowell

Our guest for this informal interview was Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Jim McDowell. Viewers had the opportunity to submit questions prior to this event, with some of these being addressed during the interview.

During this interview, Mr McDowell shared his involvement in the state-wide and national response to COVID-19, gave insights on the evolving situation, and stressed the importance of nation-wide collaboration in this challenging time. Mr McDowell also addressed, not only efforts to flatten the curve, but also the state’s recovery from the impacts of the virus. Additionally, Mr McDowell shared his view on optimism as a powerful and essential leadership tool during this time.

Disclaimer: This is an unedited transcript

Learn about our speaker

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.

He moved 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. He is also currently a board member at the Adelaide Football Club, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and St Peter's College.