Peggy O’Neal AO is the first female president of the Richmond Football Club, with extensive experience as a director and committee member of a raft of government, non-profit and trustee company boards in the superannuation and financial services sectors and the areas of sports, gender equality, athlete wellbeing and mental health. She is also a lawyer, specialising in superannuation and financial services law for more than 25 years. From 1995-2009, she was a partner of Herbert Smith Freehills. Presently, she is a consultant to Lander and Rogers.
Peggy is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a member of Chief Executive Women and the Melbourne Forum. In December 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Swinburne University for her work in gender equality and developing sport leaders. In June 2019, Peggy was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to Australian rules football, financial services law and women in leadership roles.
Peggy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia and a Diploma in Superannuation Management from Macquarie University.