“Throughout my career I have
learnt to listen, to delve, ask questions and help people see
more than one perspective of any situation.”
Sue Thomas knows how and when to take a risk. It is this skill
combined with her inquiring mind and entrepreneurial shrewdness
that saw her build a start-up investment and superannuation
company to a successful organisation with 140 staff and
investments of more than $1.7 billion.
A founder and Chief Executive Officer of FlexiPlan Australia,
Sue saw an opportunity in the financial services market and
developed and implemented a strategy to build the company into
one of Australia’s fastest growing master trusts.
Sue sold Flexiplan Australia to the National Australia Bank in
1999, where it still operates under the MLC/NAB banner as
Sue’s legal background has also given her the ability to absorb
complex information, identify the key issues, analyse risks and
decide on the best solution.
She has knowledge of the issues and challenges in the resource
industry, internationally and particularly in Western Australia
and she is a strategic problem solver, particularly in the
development of IT solutions within complex organisations.
For Sue, “coaching is a process, building a client’s ability to
use a new perspective, develop their insight and build a
personal toolkit of skills to assist them in resolving issues.
“In my career I saw senior executives who were technically
brilliant and just needed an opportunity and a space to develop
a broad range of leadership and managerial strengths. Coaching
provides that opportunity.”
As a coach, Sue is pragmatic, straight forward and honest. She
uses her naturally inquisitive nature to challenge her clients
to explore ideas, options and solutions.
Sue derives great satisfaction from seeing her clients achieve
outcomes they didn’t know were possible.
An experienced company director, Sue’s board experience includes
appointments to Landgate, Western Australia’s primary source of
land information and geographic data and an essential service to
maximise Western Australia’s resource boom, Clearview Wealth and
a director of the not-for-profit Hunger Project’s Western
Australian development board.
Sue is mother to three adult children and enjoys competitive
tennis and has competed in the national Master’s Competition.
She also enjoys the physical challenge of competing in Western
Australia’s iconic Rottnest Channel Swim.