News Feature: Nova Group makes space for growth plan
Mar 24, 2020
Global defence company Nova Group is maintaining its projections of over $200 million revenue this financial year with longer-term goals to continue expanding its global reach. A newer focus on space is continuing to diversify the portfolio of the South Australian headquartered company that has invested more than $20 million on eight acquisitions across the globe to cement its footprint.
In South Australia, the company’s new Nova IGS Network is providing space ground connectivity for small satellite operators with the site now being used by international clients including Tyvak USA and RBC USA. Nova is also in talks with an Italian-based space company wanting to expand its presence in Australia.
Based on a 21 hectare site in Peterborough in South Australia’s mid north, the site is used to track low earth orbit satellites through customer’s own terminals and Nova has plans to attract further European companies over upcoming years. “Nova is also planning to utilise the site as a ground station test bed for emerging Space 2.0 technologies and support future defence projects,” a spokesman said. “Peterborough provides the vital ground segment element in order to allow satellite operators to downlink/download their data.”
Nova Group is marking 20 years in business, with Nova Systems founded by Jim Whalley and Peter Nikoloff and originally offering flight-testing services in South Australia’s capital city of Adelaide. It has since grown to having 600 employees working on projects around the world including with the Australian Defence Force, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Republic of Singapore Air Force. “With a solid foundation in the defence markets in Australia and the UK, and a footprint in space, transport and energy, I am very proud to be exporting Australian capability and know-how to the world and look forward to positioning to our next growth phase,” Whalley said. Nova was recently awarded one of four industry leads in the Major Service Provider consortium providing integrated support contracts to the Australia Defence Force over the next 10 years.
The company has taken early steps globally to adopt new practices around COVID-19 in relation to infection control and is proactively undertaking business modelling to assess its potential financial impact. At this stage, it still expected to grow in the upcoming financial year, with work continuing on the offshore patrol vessels in Australia and Nova Systems recently winning a $25.9 million Norwegian defence contract to support a maritime helicopter program.
The Adelaide headquartered company first opened an office in the United Kingdom during 2012 before winning its first work within Norway the following year. Its latest contract marks a significant expansion for Nova Norway and a doubling in the size of it Norwegian operations with work already underway. “This win reinforces our commitment to defence and security, not only within Australia, but to other defence customers in the international market,” Nova Group chief executive Greg Hume said.
Nova has also cemented co-founder partnerships this year with the SmartSat Co-operative Research Centre in South Australia and Western Australian based Remote operations for Space and Earth. Plans to establish the now operating SmartSat CRC were led by The University of South Australia and Nova Systems. Based next to the Australian Space Agency at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide, the SmartSat CRC now has 74 participants contributing $167 million adding to the federal government’s $55 million spend with a focus on advanced satellite communications, connectivity and earth observation.
Whalley also has been appointed to the inaugural role of South Australia’s chief entrepreneur. “I truly believe it’s the scientists, mathematicians and engineers of the world that will be instrumental in solving the really complex challenges nations and governments are facing like national security, climate change and urbanization,” he said.
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Nova Group’s response to COVID-19
Mar 19, 2020
COVID-19 has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation and Nova Group has taken considered actions to protect our people from the evolving global situation of the spread of COVID-19. As a people-based business, the health and well being of our people, their families, our clients and our community is Nova Group’s first priority.
Across our offices globally, Nova Group has adopted official government alerts and guidance regarding travel, self- isolation and business continuity practices and taken additional steps to minimise the potential impact.
Within Australia and New Zealand specifically, our response is ahead of the national Government guidance, and has been implemented to ensure our business remains at the forefront of this complex situation. As an Australian sovereign company Nova’s commitment to sustaining business operations is key to the resilience of our client network and employment community.
Nova Group has implemented additional measures in alignment with Government guidance include:
- Suspension of all travel to China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, Northern Italy and South Korea
- Suspension of Nova domestic travel between office locations
- Immediate isolation of staff exposed to suspected close contact
- Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for any staff returning home from abroad
- Reduced staffing of Nova offices for essential services, or staffed on a controlled roster basis, enabling in-office social distancing
- Implementation of Work-From-Home measures
- Suspension of employer-initiated social or non-work-related gatherings in affected locations or region
- Limitation of Nova face-to-face meetings at Nova sites to <6 persons
- Nova site visitor screening and control measures
International Women's Day 2020 #EachForEqual
Mar 6, 2020
An equal world is an enabled world. This year for International Women’s Day Nova renewed its commitment to creating a culture of diversity, inclusion and equality, and in so doing, deliver on its promise of being a people-focused employer and a great place to work.
Nova believes in empowering our people to succeed and our team are actively encouraged and supported to develop to their full potential. Across the country today we celebrated International Women’s Day by attending a number of dedicated events and celebrations. Fantastic to see such diverse representation across the Business community across all the events.
As a people-focused employer – Nova Group is dedicated to creating a culture of diversity, inclusion and equality. We believe that diversity and inclusion is a fundamental part of providing a great place to work and are committed to the belief that an equal world is an enabled world!
Bec shared her views on what leadership means to her and on generation equality, as well as on some of the challenges she has faced over the course of her career, particularly in male dominated sector, and how school set her up for future success.
Nova is delighted to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
The whole College community stood together, striking the #EachforEqual pose.
Media Release - NOVA GROUP – GROUP CEO TO STEP DOWN
Feb 12, 2020
Nova Group, has announced that Group Chief Executive Officer, Greg Hume, has elected to step down from his role after four years at the helm.
Nova’s Chair, Jim Whalley, advised that Greg will continue to lead Nova Group until later in the year whilst the Board undertakes the search for a new Group CEO to ensure a successful and seamless transition.
Jim acknowledged Greg’s outstanding contribution to Nova having delivered significant business growth over the course of his tenure since taking over the Group CEO role in 2016, with projections for this financial year of more than $200m in revenue.
“Greg has been a valued part of the Nova family for 17 years and was a key founding member of the company as employee number 10.
He has been instrumental in the growth of Nova and his stewardship over the past four years has created a firm foundation on which we can continue to pursue our growth aspirations.”
The Board and I would like to thank Greg for his commitment and passion to the Nova organisation, and I personally wish him every success for the future.”
Mr Hume led Nova’s diversification and globalisation strategy which resulted in Nova’s expansion beyond Australia and the UK into Asia, New Zealand and Europe establishing trust and credibility with clients across a range of sectors.
Mr Hume said he will always feel part of the Nova family and acknowledged that now was the right time to move on.
“This year marks 20 years of Nova and I look forward to seeing the new Group CEO continue to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of our company as Nova embarks on this next exciting phase of its growth strategy and continues to solve the problems that really matter.
I’ve been fortunate to have been a part of the Nova family, working with incredibly smart and dedicated people and am proud we have been recognised for a number of years as one of the “Top 50 best places to work“ and “Top 50 Most Innovative Companies“ in Australia, along with a “Best place to work” in Asia and the UK.”
Mr Hume will continue to work closely with the Board and Executive Leadership Team and will assist with the transition to the new Group CEO over the coming 6-9 months.
Nova Group is an Australian owned and operated, leading global services provider. Founded in 2000, the Nova Group specialises in the provision of technology enabled solutions and world class expertise, to solve the problems that really matter. Nova’s businesses include professional services provider Nova Systems, aerospace engineering firm GVH Aerospace, Geospatial firm Geoplex, and software as a service firm two10degrees. With over 600 employees, Nova operate in offices across Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, United Kingdom and Europe.
Media Contact – Adam Schirmer
Group Marketing & Communications Manager
+61 8252 7100
Nova Group Support to Australian Bushfire Efforts
Jan 9, 2020
The thoughts of the Nova Group of Companies and our extended family, are with those who have been impacted by the bushfires in Australia.
We are devastated by the scale of the bushfires and as an Australian owned company, the safety of our people and extended community is of paramount importance to us. We are committed to supporting the bushfire response and recovery efforts to help those impacted across Australia.
Nova Group has donated to BlazeAid, a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia to rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed. BlazeAid volunteers work in disaster-affected areas to provide long term support, not only helping individuals and families, but also helping rebuild the local communities.
We are providing targeted support including financial assistance and leave to our employees who are affected and to our Emergency Services volunteers assisting recovery operations in our community. Our Australian Defence Forces Reserves employees who are assisting in the bushfire response and recovery, are receiving support through our Reserve Leave policy.
Thank you to those across Australia and internationally, who are helping and supporting the bushfire efforts during this difficult time. Stay safe.
Not just rebuilding fences, but helping rebuild lives.