Peggy O’Neal AO


Peggy O’Neal AO
CEW Member

Richmond Football Club

Peggy O’Neal was appointed President of the Richmond Football Club in 2013, having served on the board since 2005. Peggy is a consultant to legal firm Lander & Rogers and has specialised in superannuation and financial services law for more than 20 years. She was a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills until 2009. In 2014, she was appointed to chair the Victorian Minister for Sport's Inquiry into 'Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation'. She currently chairs the Minister's Change our Game Champions program.

Peggy is presently a Non-Executive Director on the board of Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation as well as NULIS Nominees, the subsidiary company of National Australia Bank which acts as trustee of its superannuation business. She was a consultant to the Federal Government's ‘Cooper Review’ of the Superannuation System, and was appointed to the Peak Consultation Group to advise government on implementation of the Stronger Super reform package.

In the not-for-profit sector, she is on the board of Women's Housing, on the investment advisory panel of Home for Homes and an ambassador for micro-finance organisation, Opportunity International.

Peggy has a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech and a Diploma in Superannuation Management from Macquarie University. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

At the Richmond Football Club Peggy has been an active and influential promoter of increasing the women in positions of leadership and in increasing the number of girls and women who play AFL. Richmond will have a team in the VFLW in 2018 and a team in the AFLW in 2020. She has spoken frequently in favour of the promotion of women's sport as an inclusive way to build respect and equality and tackle prejudice. Under Peggy’s leadership, the Richmond Football Club plays a significant role in the community and has a number of programs that directly and positively impact the lives of girls, positioning them with the best opportunity for future leadership roles. In August 2017, Peggy was appointed to Victoria's Ministerial Council on Women's Equality.

In 2014, she was named as one of the Financial Review/Westpac 100 Women of Influence and as one of the Women's Weekly 50 Most Powerful Women in Australia. Peggy was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2019 for distinguished service to Australian rules football, to superannuation and finance law, and to the advancement of women in leadership roles.

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