A fifth generation brewer from Coopers Brewery, Tim Cooper began professional life as a doctor, completing medical studies (MBBS, Adelaide) in 1979.
He practised hospital medicine for 9 years, working mainly in the UK as a Registrar in medicine and cardiology. He conducted medical research in Bristol to complete a Doctor of Medicine (MD, Bristol) in 1990. He has written several papers on the investigation of pulmonary embolism, along with other papers on cardiopulmonary disease. He took time off medicine in 1986-87 to study brewing science (MSc, Birmingham) before joining the family company in 1990.
After starting in the brewery as Technical Manager, Tim became Operations Manager in 1993, and subsequently Operations Director in 1997. He studied part-time from 1995 – 1997, obtaining an MBA from the University of Adelaide in 1998. From 1999 – 2001 he was responsible, as Project Director, for the development of the new Coopers Brewery at Regency Park. He became Managing Director in 2002.
Tim was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008, for service to the brewing industry, particularly through environmentally sustainable production and manufacturing practices, to professional organisations, and to the community.