Chairman, South Australian Water Corporation
BE(Hons), MSc, BA
Lewis Owens was born and educated in Broken Hill, and began his working life in the mines before moving to Adelaide to study chemical engineering. On graduating, he worked at the Adelaide Oil Refinery before studying overseas and completing an arts degree on his return.
His subsequent career covered many roles in the public service (including state planning, economic development, mines and energy, WorkCover, superannuation investment and economic regulation), and in the private sector where he worked for the South Australian Gas Company and ETSA Utilities.
He is currently chairman of the South Australian Water Corporation and the South Australian Country Arts Trust, as well as a director of the geothermal exploration company, Petratherm, and the national arts body, Regional Arts Australia. He is a member of the City of Marion audit committee.
Mr Owens is also a Reconciliation Ambassador for South Australia, chair of the Energy and Water Industry Cluster for Aboriginal Employment, a member of the Resources and Energy Sector Infrastructure Council, chair of the University of Adelaide Business School advisory board, and member of the Engineering School advisory board.