Dr Marjorie O’Neill was born and raised in Bronte, she attended St Charles Waverley and St Vincent’s College Potts Point before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (UOW), Bachelor Business (Hons)(UTS) and a PhD in Management Economics (MQ).
Before entering Parliament, Marjorie worked as an academic, having taught and researched locally, in the United Kingdom, and the United States. Marjorie has a strong belief in transformative power of education. Her research has focused on the social and economic factors that impact women’s careers.
In 2016 Dr O’Neill was elected to Waverley Council and to the position of Treasurer of the NSW Local Government Association where she has fought for the best interests of her community.
In March 2019, Marjorie was elected as the NSW Parliament Member for Coogee. During her term in office, she has vigorously represented her community and has been particularly vocal in arguing for the needs of her constituents in health, education, transport and social matters. The retention of paediatric cardiac services at Prince of Wales Hospital, public bus services throughout the eastern suburbs and the provision of much needed domestic violence support services have been the focus of significant efforts by Marjorie, greatly supported by her community.
An avid sports fan and player, Marjorie was a representative rugby player for the University of Sydney and is a former Head of Women’s Rugby and coach at UNSW. Marjorie is an active surf life saver and member of the Clovelly Surf Life Saving Club.
Marjorie is the Patron of the Coogee Croquet Club, the Eastern Suburbs Football Association and the Sisters of Charity Foundation.