Elizabeth Proust, Jane Halton & Peggy O’Neal

Chair of the AICD, Company Director/Former Departmental Secretary and President of the Richmond Football Club/Consultant - Address moderated by Sabra Lane.
'Kicking Goals: Three successful Australian leaders discuss the opportunities and challenges in levelling the playing field for women in corporate Australia, the public service and sport'
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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Elizabeth Proust AO FAICD
Elizabeth joined the AICD Board in March 2014 and was appointed Chairman in December 2015. She is also Chairman of the Board Nominations Committee and a Member of the Board Strategy Committee.

Elizabeth is Chairman of Nestle Australia and the Bank of Melbourne. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council and a member of the ASIC Directors’ Advisory Panel and the Victoria Police Corporate Advisory Group.

In 2010 Elizabeth was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to public administration and to business, through leadership roles in government and private enterprise, as a mentor to women, and to the community through contributions to arts, charitable and educational bodies.

Previously Elizabeth worked in senior roles at the ANZ Banking Group, in local, State and Federal Government, and in BP Australia and BP International. She has held senior positions in the Victorian Government, including as Secretary (CEO) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department. She was also CEO of the City of Melbourne.


Jane Halton
Jane Halton is a member of the board of the ANZ, Clayton Utz, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the US  Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. Her 33 career within the Australian public service, included nearly 15 years as Secretary of the Deparments of Finance and Health (and Ageing). Previously she was Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has extensive experience in the delivery of the Australian Government budget and the mangement and performance of Australian Government agencies.   She has also held a number of significant roles in Global Health Governance.




Peggy O’Neal
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 Freehill from 1995-2009.

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 and completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Peggy has been president of the Richmond Football Club since October 2013, having served on the Club’s board since 2005. She is the first woman to be president of an AFL club and in 2017, the Richmond Football Club won the premiership after a 37 year drought.

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.

In August 2017, Peggy was also appointed to Victoria’s Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality.

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 a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a member of Chief Executive Women and the Carbine Club.