Ms Sue Chase
Sue Chase is the Executive Chair and Managing Director of Cowell Electric Supply Pty Ltd, a business she purchased in 2001. The Cowell Electric business employs over 50 highly skilled people and has a turnover in excess of $12M.
Cowell Electric specialises in working in regional and remote areas of Australia in the design and construction of overhead and underground power lines and the provision of mining essential services, such as power, water, waste water, air conditioning, refrigeration and gas. Over 80% of Cowell Electric’s work comes from the mining, oil and gas industries. The business also services the defence industry at Woomera and constructs underground electrical reticulation for new land subdivisions. Sue has an accounting, finance and management background, and has over 30 years experience at Board level, not only with Cowell Electric, but also with other SME businesses including CBM Industrial Radiators (an industrial radiator manufacturing business based in Adelaide), Thermoview (a thermographic imaging consultancy business) and various Government Appointments such as TAFE Regional SA, Business Development Council and Not for Profit, Scotch College Council of Governors.
Sue is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors, having completed the Company Director’s Diploma and Mastering the Boardroom course. Over the years, Sue’s experience and achievements have been recognised by the following awards:
- Telstra 2009 SA Business Women of the Year
- Telstra 2009 SA Commonwealth Business Owner of the Year
- 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
- 2003 Churchill Fellowship to study small scale wind farming in relation to technical and financial feasibility for the development of community co-operative wind farms in regional and remote areas of Australia.