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PEGGY O'NEAL (President)

Peggy was appointed president of the Richmond Football Club in October 2013, having served on the board since November 2005.

Peggy is a consultant to Lander & Rogers and has specialised in superannuation and financial services law for more than 20 years. She was previously a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.

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 is now convenor of the Minister’s Change Our Game Champions program.

Peggy is presently a non-executive director of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation as well as NULIS Nominees Limited, a subsidiary of National Australia Bank which acts as trustee of the Bank's superannuation business. Peggy also serves as an independent member of the External Compliance Committee of Vanguard Investments Australia and as an independent consultant to the Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee of UniSuper Limited.

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

In September 2014 Peggy 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 is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Carbine Club.

Peggy became a life member of the Club in 2015.


ROB DALTON (Vice President)

Robert Dalton was appointed to the board in November 2004, and Vice President in March 2018. Rob is the Chair of the Finance Committee, Chair of Aligned Leisure Board and is also a member of the Nominations Committee, Audit Committee as well the Risk, Compliance & Integrity Committee. Rob has also been the Club’s Treasurer since 2009.

Rob is a Senior Audit Partner at Ernst & Young and the Oceania Growth Markets Leader. Rob has been a Partner for 23 years. Rob is Chairman of Hockey Victoria as well as a Member of the Australian Sports Commission and also holds a number of other Board positions in Not for Profit organisations including Monash University.

Rob became a Life Member of the Richmond Football Club in 2014.



Kerry was appointed to the board in October 2013. She is a member of the Risk, Compliance and Integrity Committee, Governance Committee, and is a director of Aligned Leisure.

Kerry is an experienced director across a range of industries and organisations, including membership bodies. Her current and past appointments include ASX 200 Retail Food Group,
CPA Australia, and start-up business, Lexvoco. She is a former executive member of the Australia India Business Council and the Australia Indonesia Business Council.

Kerry is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Kerry's background is in law, and she was lawyer and commercial partner at international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, for over 15 years. She worked predominately in the consumer markets area, and acted for many well-known brands in relation to their business dealings in Australia and offshore.

Kerry's professional experience also includes substantial international experience. She was awarded an Austrade Business Fellowship to Indonesia where she worked for several years. She also worked as in-house counsel with the Packer Group in India.

Kerry has also been actively involved for many years in local community and grass roots organisations.



Joe Powell was appointed to the board in February 2017. Joe is a member of the Finance Committee and on the Board of Aligned Leisure.

Currently the Chief Executive Officer of publicly listed, global sports technology leader - Catapult Sports, Joe has extensive experience managing and operating multinational businesses in the technology sector.

Prior to Catapult, Joe spent 10 years with SEEK Ltd. In that time he was Managing Director of SEEK Education where he oversaw various education businesses including SEEK Learning, CATHO Education in Brazil, JobStreet Learning in Malaysia, OCC Education in Mexico and Online Education Services (Swinburne Online). Joe also spent six years as Managing Director of SEEK Employment, responsible for the day-to-day management of SEEK’s core Online Employment business in Australia and New Zealand, including overseeing the sales, marketing, product, customer service, operations and IT teams.

Prior to SEEK, Joe spent 11 years at Optus in various management roles, after starting his career as an accountant at PwC.

Joe also has significant board experience with Online Education Services and IDP Education and is a current director of the Migration Council Australia.

Joe is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania.



John was appointed to the board in November 2015. John is a member of the Finance Committee, Chair of the Nominations Committee and also a Director of Aligned Leisure.

He is the founder and Chairman of Plenary, a developer, investor and manager of infrastructure projects with businesses in Australia, Canada and the United States. Prior to establishing Plenary in 2004, John worked in investment banking with ABN AMRO and BZW Australia, and prior to that held corporate finance positions with Coles Myer Ltd and Caterpillar Inc.

John is also Vice Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club.


Emmett was appointed to the board in September 2016. Emmett is the chair of the History & Tradition Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee.

Emmett was recruited to the Richmond Football Club as a 15 year old from its metropolitan zone and was a member of the 1980 Premiership team. After his playing career Emmett continued his involvement in football in various coaching positions and as a member of the VFL/AFL Tribunal for 20 years until his appointment to the Club’s Board.

Emmett served in the Victoria Police for more than 39 years and retired in 2015 at the rank of Assistant Commissioner. During a varied policing career Emmett performed many roles including as the head of the Professional Standards Command and of the Eastern Region of Victoria when he lead more than 4,500 staff.

Emmett became a Life member of the Richmond Football Club in 1989.

Emmett is a member of the Board of Greyhound Racing Victoria.

BRENDON GALE (Chief Executive Officer)

Brendon was appointed as CEO of the Richmond Football Club (“Richmond”) in August 2009. Prior to that, he was a lawyer with a leading Australian commercial law firm, and later, a sporting administrator as CEO of the AFL Players Association.

Brendon is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and served on the Board of the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission from 2009 -2013. He is also an owner and director of several business in the hospitality and leisure sector.

Brendon played 244 AFL games with the Richmond from 1990 to 2001 and was awarded Life Membership in 2000.

As CEO, Brendon was appointed to the Board of Richmond as an Executive Director, in November 2015. Brendon is also a Director of Aligned Leisure Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Richmond, established to manage the operations of Richmond’s health, fitness and leisure business activities.




Malcolm was appointed to the board in October 2011. Malcolm is Chair of the Governance Committee as well as a member of the Finance Committee.

Malcolm is a former barrister and sports administrator. He was CEO of Cricket Australia (1997-2001) and the International Cricket Council (2001-2008) as well as holding senior positions in basketball during the 80's and 90's and in 2012 was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

He is now occupied in a range of sport-related activities as a university lecturer, consultant, and company director where his appointments include Golf Australia, Sports Environment Alliance and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports.



Henriette Rothschild was appointed to the board in February 2017. Henriette is a member of the Governance Committee and Risk, Compliance & Integrity Committee.

Henriette is the Chief Operating Officer of ASX-listed iSelect, Australia’s leading digital broker across insurance, utilities and personal finance products.

Previously, Henriette was the Managing Director of Hay Group Australia/NZ, Japan and Korea, a global management consulting firm.

Henriette has worked with Boards, CEOs and executive teams in areas of organisational performance, transformation and building high performance cultures. Through her leadership roles, she has significant experience locally and across geographies of developing and advising high performance teams.

She is also on the board of Brown Brothers, an Australian family owned wine company.


Mark was appointed to the board in January 2018. He is a member of the Finance and Governance and Remuneration Committee.

Mark was appointed Managing Director of Officeworks in 2007, when the business was acquired by Wesfarmers as part of the Coles Group acquisition. Since that time, Mark has overseen Officeworks growth which now has a store network of more than 165 stores, and is one of Australia’s largest online stores.

Mark’s career in retailing extends 40 years, beginning in 1978 on the shop floor at McEwans. In 1993, Mark joined Bunnings where he progressed through a number of senior roles during a significant period of that company’s growth, including as General Manager of Operations, before being appointed to his current role as Managing Director, Officeworks.

Mark is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).