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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 a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills until July 2009.
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'.

Peggy is presently a non-executive director on the board of Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation as well as three subsidiaries of National Australia Bank.  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 an ambassador for micro-finance organisation, Opportunity International.

In September 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. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Peggy became a life member of the Club in 2015.




Maurice was appointed to the board in December 2004. Maurice is Chair of the Risk, Compliance & Integrity Committee.

He has previously worked in the Australian Commonwealth Treasury and for BlackRock Investment Management (and its' antecedents) where he held a number of positions in Europe and Asia and finally as Managing Director of BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Ltd.

He is currently the Chairman of a financial services company, a Bio-Tech company and sits on a number of other company boards in the for profit and not for profit sectors. He is also writing a book on the global monetary system.

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



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. In September 2014 he was appointed President of Cycling Australia.

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.




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.


Robert Dalton was appointed to the board in November 2004. 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 Chartered Accountants a position he has held for 22 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.  Kerry is a member of the Risk, Compliance and Integrity Committee, Governance Committee and is immediate past Chair of the Nominations Committee.

Kerry is an experienced non-executive director across a range of industries and organisations, including listed and non-listed companies, not-for-profit, government and membership organisations. She currently serves on the boards of ASX listed Retail Food Group, CPA Australia, Aligned Leisure (wholly owned subsidiary of the Richmond Football Club) and is an advisory board member of Lexvoco.

Kerry is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a former commercial partner of international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright. Her professional experience also includes working across cultures and on-the-ground experience in a number of Asian countries.



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 a Director and Honorary Treasurer of the Victoria Racing Club.



Henriette Rothschild is the former Managing Director of Hay Group across Australia/NZ, Japan and Korea. Hay Group (now Korn Ferry Hay Group) is a global management consulting firm focusing on organisational performance and people advisory services.

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

She is currently on the board of Brown Brothers and digital start-up CircleSource.



Joe Powell was appointed to the Richmond Board in February of 2017.

Joe has a strong background and experience in telecommunications and online digital businesses over the past 21 years through his time at both Singtel-Optus and most recently SEEK Ltd where he was Managing Director of the Employment and Education businesses. Joe has also held corporate positions at Country Road Australia and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Joe brings a depth of experience in leading teams across purpose driven organisations that have grown rapidly and delivered strong results for stakeholders.

Joe is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and his previous non Executive Director experience includes Online Education Services, IDP Education and he is currently a Director of the Migration Council Australia. 


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.