Sue Chase

Sue Chase is the recently retired owner and Managing Director of Cowell Electric Supply. She sold to another well-respected regional business, The Ahrens Group in 2018 after 40 years with the business and 17 years as the major shareholder.

During that time, Cowell Electric, based at Cowell on Eyre Peninsula, grew to over 100 employees with turnover exceeding $30M, with branches in Olympic Dam, Adelaide and Umuwa in the APY Lands.

Sue has lived almost all her life at Cowell. She is passionate about regional and remote areas of Australia and this is where Cowell Electric has specialised to provide its expertise in power generation, transmission and retailing, construction of powerlines and provision of ad-hoc mining services, principally for the mining, oil and gas industries, renewable energy sector and remote townships and Aboriginal communities in outback South Australia.

Whilst Sue is planning to spend more time with her family following her retirement from Cowell Electric, and to spend some time travelling, she remains on several boards and committees which she hopes will keep her “grey matter” working whilst also contributing to the broader community. Sue has a solid understanding of and experience in business management, strategy development, corporate governance and financial management.

During her working life, Sue has won several awards and scholarships, including a 2003 Churchill Fellowship, 2009 Telstra South Australian Business Woman of the Year Award and 2014 AICD Mastering the Boardroom Scholarship. Cowell Electric has won several awards, including the 2018 Brand South Australia Regional Showcase Business Award and 2011 Telstra Regional SA Business Award.

Sue is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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