Chair, Vanguard Super
Peggy O’Neal is the Chair of Vanguard Super. She is also a director of Infrastructure Specialist Asset Management and has been a non-executive director of several companies in the superannuation and financial services sectors. Having specialised in superannuation and financial services law for more than 25 years, she is currently a consultant to Lander and Rogers and was previously a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. In June 2019, she 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 has been president of the Richmond Football Club since October 2013, having served on the Club's board since 2005 and was president when the club won the 2017, 2019 and 2020 premierships. In April 2018, she was appointed by the AFL to its inaugural Competition Committee.
In August 2014 she was appointed to chair the Victorian Minister for Sport's year-long Inquiry into 'Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation' and until June 2018 was convenor of the Minister's Change Our Game Champions program. She served on Victoria's Ministerial Council on Women's Equality and in January 2020 became a director of VicHealth.
In June 2019, Peggy was appointed to the Australian Institute of Sport Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Advisory Committee and, from January 2020, has been a member of the AFL Mental Health Steering Committee. She is on the board of Women's Housing Limited, on the investment advisory panel of Home for Homes (an initiative of the Big Issue), and on the boards of Australia Dementia Network Limited and Fulbright Australia.
Peggy has a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. She also has a Diploma in Superannuation Management from Macquarie University. In December 2018, she was made an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Swinburne University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of Chief Executive Women and the Melbourne Forum