Sue Murphy graduated as a Civil Engineer from the University of Western Australia in 1979. After winning a Clough Scholarship as an undergraduate, she joined Clough Engineering in 1980 commencing what would be a 25 year career in that organisation. Twelve years in the field as a site engineer and project manager led to corporate roles with a focus on human resources, safety and engineering design management and her appointment in 1998 as the first woman on the board of Clough Engineering Ltd.
In 2008, Sue was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Water Corporation.
Sue is a member of the University of Western Australia Senate, Board Member of the UWA Business School and the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). Sue is also a Board Member for the AFL Fremantle Dockers.
In each year from 2009 – 2015, Sue was listed in the top 100 most influential engineers in Australia by Engineers Australia.
In 2013, Sue was honoured with the prestigious Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year Award by the Board of the College of Civil Engineers of Engineers Australia. Sue was also elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. In 2014, Sue was presented with the IWA’s “International” Women in Water Award. Sue was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2019 for distinguished service to the natural resources sector in Western Australia, and to engineering.