John O’Neill AO was born in Sydney in 1951, and was educated at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, and Sydney University. He is a qualified solicitor, as well as a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Bankers. John has held numerous directorships, in both sport and business, as well as being involved in a number of community organisations over the years. He is currently back heading up the ARU. John was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to Rugby as an administrator, to the financial services sector, and to the community through educational and charitable organisations. He was 2002, 2003 and 2006 Confederation of Sport, Sports Executive of the Year. John and his wife, Julie, live in Sydney and have three sons.