Coopers Look To Next Generation
14th June 2019 Paul Andrews
Coopers Brewery’s future has taken another step forward with Louise Cooper, the daughter of Managing Director Dr Tim Cooper, joining the company.
Louise, who has degrees in law and health sciences, has worked as a lawyer for more than seven years. She will join Coopers as Legal Affairs and Risk Manager and is the third member of the sixth generation to take up a full-time role at the brewery.
Andrew Cooper, the son of Coopers’ Chairman Glenn Cooper, began working with the company in Melbourne in 2017, while his sister, Rachel Cooper-Casserly worked in marketing between 2009 and 2016.
Dr Tim Cooper said Louise had always expressed a strong interest in the brewery. “However, family members are not guaranteed a job at the brewery just because they are a Cooper,” he said. “They are encouraged to establish their own careers, and, if a position becomes available, they may be invited to join the company.”
Louise said that when she was studying at secondary school and university, she had undertaken vacation work at the brewery, working in areas ranging from the bottling line to distribution to general administration. “I have always been interested in working at the brewery, but I understood I had to make my own way and worked in a number of different areas of law before I was offered a position at Coopers,” she said.
“Now that I have joined, I’m looking forward to developing my understanding of how each area of the brewery operates and interacts."
Louise said it was exciting to be part of the process that will eventually see the brewery transition to the next generation. “There’s no shortage of talented sixth generation Coopers who have expressed an interest in joining the brewery should they be asked,” she said.
“So, while it’s far too early to talk about future management, Coopers will certainly remain in secure hands.”