On the Couch with Jim Whalley

IPAA SA’s On the Couch sessions are a series of informal interviews with key leaders of the public sector. In their current roles, these leaders are seen as having a high degree of responsibility and influence over the future of the public sector and the people who work within it.

These interviews are aimed at looking at the person behind the role and focus on their interests, influences, leadership styles, career highlights, journey, aspirations, values and what they see as their priorities in their current role and insights for the future.

Our special guest for this event is Jim Whalley, South Australian Chief Entrepreneur. Mr Whalley is the Chair and co-founder of innovative defence industry company Nova Systems and a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot.

This is an opportunity to hear first-hand about the life and ideas of Jim Whalley in an informal interview conducted by Imelda Alexopoulos, Partner, PwC. The interview concludes with a brief Q&A session with questions from the audience.

All IPAA events include purposeful networking which allows you to:

• Build relationships with the speaker/s and fellow guests
• Develop your capabilities 
• Establish connections across the SA public sector.

Since its inception, the series has acted as the host for a very significant number of public sector leaders including David Reynolds, Chief Executive of Department of Treasury and Finance, Commissioner Grant Stevens, Police Commissioner and Hon. Bruce Lander QC, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption just to name a few.


Mr Jim Whalley

Jim Whalley is South Australia's first Chief Entrepreneur. Jim is the Chair and co-founder of innovative defence industry company Nova Systems.

He is a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot and holds a Master of Business Administration, a science degree and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program. 

Jim is a member of the Sir Ross and Keith Smith Advisory Committee, the council of the University of South Australia, the board of the Adelaide Festival, the Federal Government’s Defence Innovation Steering Group and a non-executive director of Australian Naval Infrastructure.

Imelda Alexopoulos

Imelda Alexopoulous leads PwC Adelaide's Financial Advisory practice and is passionate about working with organisations to identify opportunities to utilise technology to create efficiencies, and to help emerging businesses to scale and accelerate their growth. 

Imelda’s clients range from startups and SMEs to large public companies, multi-national and not-for-profit organisations, across a wide range of industries including mining, manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, retail and consumer, financial services, health, medical, biotechnology, defence, technology and energy. 

As the leader of PwC’s Incentives & Innovation business in South Australia, Imelda has successfully assisted many organisations to access various Federal and State Government incentive/grant programs, in addition to advising companies in the event of review or audit activity by the relevant program regulators.

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Event Details

Tuesday, 12 February 2019.

9:00am registration for a 9:30am - 10:30am (On the Couch Session).

PwC, 11/70 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Free for all Members.
Non Member: $30


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