Coopers Brewery has maintained its eye on the future of the business by appointing Louise Cooper, the daughter of Managing Director Dr Tim Cooper to a role in the company.
Louise, who has degrees in law and health sciences and has worked as a lawyer for more than seven year, will join Coopers as Legal Affairs and Risk Manager.
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 she had worked at the brewery in various areas as vacation work, adding that it was exciting to be part of the process that will eventually see the brewery transition to the next generation.
“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.
“There’s no shortage of talented sixth generation Coopers who have expressed an interest in joining the brewery should they be asked.
“So, while it’s far too early to talk about future management, Coopers will certainly remain in secure hands.”
Louise 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.