Mark O’Neill

General Manager Football, Parramatta Eels National Rugby League Club

  • Areas of expertise:
    Leadership & Influence People & Team Management Strategy
  • Field:
    Executive Management Sport & Recreation
  • Industry:
    Not-For-Profit Retail & Consumer Products Sport & Recreation
  • Location:
    Sydney, Australia
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Mark O'Neill

Mark, a senior executive at the Parramatta Eels, is a proficient general and operations manager with more than 15 years of experience in sports administration, including at senior executive and management levels. In addition, project management experience with one of Australia’s leading retailers and MBA studies has resulted in an increased business acumen through applied learnings and the accumulation of highly versatile skills. Preceding this was a long professional sporting career where leadership capability was recognised by being selected to undertake numerous leadership development programs, the appointment of various leadership positions and providing mentorships to many aspiring athletes. Highly competent, transformational leader renowned for sound strategic, financial and operations management skills with a proven ability to innovate. Effective communication skills, a continuous improvement attitude and a unique ability to build meaningful relationships promote inclusiveness and a positive team culture in the pursuit of organisational objectives.

  • General Management – crafted strategy, transformational leadership, budgetary management, strategic HR function and performance management, inclusive stakeholder management, communication plans (internal and external) and organisational cultural standards conducive for high performance.
  • Project Management – implemented defined project plan, effective communication plan, monitoring and controlling techniques which delivered c$10m annual benefit to Woolworths (Meat supply chain) and consultancy projects.
  • Leadership professional development – designed, facilitated and participated in numerous professional development programs, mentorships, reflective practices, keynote speaking and community engagement.
  • Operations Management – formulated and implemented detailed operational plans and delivery across geographically dispersed staff. Authored operations manuals seeking policy compliance and process excellence.
  • Professional Athlete – 250 NRL games – Balmain, Wests Tigers (1993-2005) & UK Super League (2006-2007), Premiership Winner (2005), Life Member (Balmain & Wests Tigers), Hall of Fame (Balmain Tigers).

Mark can assist with any team dynamic in strategy, leadership, people and culture by providing a transferrable framework that promotes belonging and enables people to thrive and achieve successful outcomes together.

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