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PwC partner accepts director appointment for Vic Legal Aid Board

The state government of Victoria has named a new legal aid board director, who has worked at a big four consulting firm for the last 29 years.

user iconMelissa Coade 17 May 2018 The Bar
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John O’Donoghue has been appointed to direct the board of Victoria Legal Aid. The PricewaterhouseCoopers partner first joined PwC in 1989 and joined the partnership 13 years ago.

Mr O’Donoghue’s appointment follows David Thompson’s term as board director, which expired in February this year.

Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula explained that Legal Aid played an important role providing legal support to Victorians. He thanked Mr Thompson for his service and congratulated Mr O’Donoghue on his new role.


“Mr O’Donoghue brings significant expertise in complex accounting, risk assurance, and auditing to his new role as a Director of the Board of Victoria Legal Aid,” Mr Pakula said.

According to a statement released by the AG, Mr O’Donoghue has led and participated in specialist projects including accounting advisory and transaction work, and “is proficient in complex areas of accounting”.

The new Legal Aid board director has worked with and audited large Australian listed and private companies, as well as local subsidiaries of the London Stock Exchange and United States-listed groups.

Mr O’Donoghue has also worked with mining companies, agricultural businesses, retail and fast-moving consumer goods, industrial products and pharmaceutical companies.

“Mr O’Donoghue is also the Chair of Step Back Think, a Victorian not-for-profit entity dedicated to driving cultural change against social (one-punch) violence,” the statement said.

“He holds a bachelor of commerce from the University of Melbourne, and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and an ASIC-registered company auditor.”

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