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Tim Cooper

Dr Tim Cooper, AM

Dr Tim Cooper AM is a fifth generation Cooper, with the unusual combination of qualifications in brewing and medicine.

With the family brewery in jeopardy during the 1970s, the former generation of Coopers discouraged their children from being involved in the business.

So Tim completed his medical studies (MBBS, Adelaide) in 1979 and practised hospital medicine for 7 years, working mainly in the UK as a registrar in medicine and cardiology.

Following improvements in fortunes at Coopers, Tim was asked to consider being involved in the brewery. He decided to take time off medicine in 1986-87 to study brewing science (MSc, Birmingham), and was awarded the Sir William Waters Butler Award for top student. Tim engaged in medical research subsequently, and received a Doctor of Medicine (Bristol) in 1990 for research in cardiopulmonary medicine.

He returned home to enter the family company in 1990, starting as Technical Manager, and becoming Operations Manager in 1993, responsible for brewing, packaging and engineering. He later completed his MBA and took on the responsibility as Project Director for the design and construction of the new brewery at Regency Park.

Tim is now Managing Director of Coopers Brewery, and sustains the workload of MD duties whilst still keeping a close eye on the brewing side of the business as Chief Brewer.

Tim was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2008 Queen’s Honours for service to the brewing industry, particularly through environmentally sustainable production and manufacturing practices, to professional organisations, and to the community.

Tim has served on numerous Boards including Anglicare, The Royal Flying Doctors and as Chair of the University of Adelaide Alumni Council. In 2016, Tim was elected Deputy President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling for a two year term.

Glenn Cooper

Glenn Cooper, AM

Glenn is a fifth generation Cooper. Born in 1950 and educated at Prince Alfred College, Glenn commenced his career as an automotive electrician, and later studied computing and marketing, gaining an Associate Diploma in Business.

After completing his studies, Glenn entered the computing field, joining the firm Anderson Digital Equipment. After two years he was appointed National Distribution Manager and relocated to Victoria.

In 1983, Glenn returned to South Australia to set up a private business in computer sales and contract services. This company grew to a substantial size with offices in Adelaide and Brisbane.

In July 1990, Glenn joined the family brewery. He held the responsibility of Marketing, and oversaw the launch of numerous beers in the Coopers beer range, including Dark Ale, Extra Strong Vintage Ale, Mild Ale, Premium Lager, and more recently, Coopers Clear.

In the past, Glenn has been Chairman of the Adelaide Fringe Committee (1994-1999) and also the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation (2003). Glenn was Chairman of the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority (1998-2006). For a number of years, Glenn has served on the Board of the Australian Made Campaign, and in May 2014 he was appointed as their Chairman.

In 2002, Glenn received a Centenary Medal, and in 2004 he was awarded a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the food and beverage industry and to the community through support for cultural, charitable and sporting organisations.

In 2007, Glenn completed the Kokoda Track, following in the footsteps of his uncle, Colonel Geoff Cooper.

Glenn retired from his executive position at Coopers Brewery in 2014, but retains his role as Chairman, promoting Coopers around Australia and overseas.

Melanie Cooper

Melanie Cooper, AM

Melanie, a chartered accountant, became the first female and the first of the fifth generation to be employed at the brewery on a permanent basis.

After completing a degree in Economics at the University of Adelaide, she was employed by Price Waterhouse for four years. She joined the brewery in 1985 as assistant accountant and in 1989 was appointed Company Secretary. In 1993 Melanie resigned to have a family and returned to the brewery in 2002 as Financial Accountant. 

When Melanie’s father, Bill Cooper OAM, retired from the board in 2009 she was appointed Director of Corporate Affairs. In 2010 she was made Company Secretary and in 2014 she was also appointed Director of Finance.

Melanie has also been Governor of the Coopers Brewery Foundation since its inception in 2006 and took over from Dr Tim Cooper AM as chair towards the end of 2011. Mel also chairs the Foundation Investment Committee. In October 2014 Melanie was invited to join the Prime Ministers Community Business Partnership for a 3 year term.

Melanie has held many board positions including J & AG Johnston, Burnside Hospital Foundation and Neurosurgical Research Foundation.

Melanie was also awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Australia Day Honours for significant service to the community through philanthropic support for, and leadership roles with, charitable foundations, and to business.

James Cooper

Dr James Cooper

James graduated in Medicine from the University of Adelaide and then completed a PhD in Immunology. Over a period of 8 years, he held research fellowships at the Max-Planck Institute in Freiburg, Germany, Harvard University and Oxford University in the fields of biochemistry, and cell and molecular biology. He returned to Adelaide and joined the board of Coopers in 1989. He has practised medicine in Adelaide and has an MA in Art History. He has served on charity boards and has been Chair of the Palliative Care Council of SA and Deputy Chair of the Cancer Council of SA. In 2017 James become Deputy Chairman of the Board.

Cam Pearce

Cam Pearce

Cam’s time with the company began in February 2002 when he was appointed as a non-executive director, taking on the board position held by his late father-in-law, Maxwell Cooper, who had retired as Company Chairman. 

He came on board full-time at Coopers in September 2010 as Director of Business Development.

In 2014 Cam was appointed National Sales & Marketing Director for both Coopers & Premium Beverages.

Before joining the Coopers team full-time, Cam was CEO of Meals on Wheels (SA) Inc. for ten years. Prior to this he had twenty years with the Shell Company of Australia Ltd. in various sales and marketing roles in Adelaide, Melbourne and Papua New Guinea.

Cam is passionate about Coopers, and believes strongly in the Company, the brand and its products. He is confident there is great opportunity for continued growth and development ahead.


Rob Chapman

In May 2017 shareholders elected to appoint Rob Chapman as an independent Director of the company.  The Directors consider that the addition of Mr Rob Chapman as a director will add a valuable depth of corporate experience to the board of Coopers. 

Rob is considered one of South Australia’s most influential businessmen, having a significant career in banking, and his current directorships include Chairman of the Adelaide Football Club, Investment Attraction SA, Fortis Argo Corporate Advisory, Barossa Infrastructure Ltd, Perks Integrated Business Service and Adelaide Airport Ltd.  Rob is also Deputy Chairman of the SA Economic Development Board and Cabinet Committee.