Our leaders must aspire to more than just excellence.

That’s the thinking that created the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to strengthening wise and courageous leadership.

We draw on more than two millennia of philosophical thinking to foster in-depth, practical discussions that sharpen critical reasoning and strengthen moral courage. Since our formation more than 25 years ago, we’ve seen thousands of senior-level people across business, community and government benefit from our rigorous programs.

Leadership requires courage. By understanding the fundamental philosophies that underpin our society, today’s leaders can learn to critically examine the ethical impact of their actions – so they can help build a better society together.

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership is Monash University, The Myer Foundation and Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation working in partnership.

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We don’t teach leadership skills. Instead, we help leaders apply the skills they already have more wisely – by building clarity of purpose and ethical courage.

Cranlana Centre's programs are a deep dive into the practice of ethical decision-making. Drawing on a rich history of philosophical wisdom, they encourage fresh and considered approaches to challenges – offering insights that, for many participants, will fundamentally transform their concept of leadership.

Our courses are dialogue-based and immersive, bringing small groups of high-level leaders together for discussions that are wide-ranging and expertly guided. By relating philosophical concepts directly to experiences and challenges you’ve encountered, participants examine and strengthen their personal ethical frameworks, giving themselves a solid footing for steering future decision-making.

Our experienced moderators draw on a deep understanding of philosophical theory, and their own distinguished careers across the private and public sectors, to facilitate discussions that are revelatory and challenging.

The programs are rigorous, in-depth and practical, providing high-level learning experiences and understanding to strengthen your capabilities as an effective and ethical leader.

Discover the right program for you


We offer a variety of leadership programs, covering different topics, sectors and levels of immersion.


Find the right ethics program to suit you

The Colloquium

An intensive six-day course for senior-level leaders to fundamentally transform their leadership.

Executive Ethics

Created for senior leaders, this two-day program is an interactive masterclass in practical ethical leadership.

Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

A year-long fellowship for senior executives looking to put ethical change into action within their organisations.

Short and Custom Programs

Two-day seminars on specific industries, and custom programs designed for organisations looking to strengthen their ethical focus.

If I Don’t Celebrate Australia Day, Does That Make Me Unpatriotic?

The official website for Australia Day describes January 26 as an opportunity to reflect on the highs and lows of our history. Yet, for the majority of Australians, it’s a day spent celebrating with barbecues and backyard cricket, invoking the complex and sometimes problematic notion of patriotism.

Via ABC Religion & Ethics, 24 January 2022

Competent Leadership Demands Integrity When It Comes To Public Service

According to Matt Beard, ethicist and Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, in Australian politics near enough should not be good enough – and there is nothing like an integrity commission to show us we deserve better. In this interview, Matt describes the Berejiklian saga as a telling example of how Australians do not expect politicians to be ‘clean-handed people’.

Via The Mandarin, 18 January 2022

The Pandemic Has Exposed Our Moral Debilities — What Can We Learn From It?

As 2021 draws to a close, it’s tempting to give in to the familiar conceit: “I can’t wait to put this year behind me!” But wishing away the year that was is attempting to leave the pandemic in the past (if, indeed, it lets us do so), and doing so would mean to carry forward the range of social, political, and moral debilities it highlighted, leaving them unaddressed and us still in their thrall. In this article for ABC Religion & Ethics, Dr Matt Beard, ethicist and Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, considers the moral debilities the pandemic has exposed and what we can learn from this.

Via ABC Religion & Ethics, 17 December 2021

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Over more than two decades, thousands of senior-level Australian leaders have taken part in our ethical leadership programs, sharpening their critical thinking and honing their ethical decision-making skills.

19 Feb 2022

Saturday Session, 19 February 2022

27 Feb – 04 Mar 2022

Executive Colloquium

09 – 10 Mar 2022

Executive Ethics (March 2022)

27 Mar – 01 Apr 2022

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Executive

04 – 05 May 2022

Executive Ethics (May 2022)

09 – 13 May 2022

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Senior/Emerging

02 – 07 Jun 2022

Executive Ethics (June 2022)

17 – 22 Jul 2022

Executive Colloquium

08 – 12 Aug 2022

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Senior/Emerging

24 – 25 Aug 2022

Executive Ethics (August 2022)


Cranlana Centre brings more than a half-century of combined leadership experience to bear in cultivating an ethical focus among Australia’s leaders.


If you would like to obtain further information about the activities of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, feel free to contact us or fill out an enquiry form.

Acknowledgement of Country

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners and First People of this land. As we work to develop the ethical capacity of leaders we celebrate the history, leadership and wisdom of the world’s oldest living culture and pay respect to its elders – past, present and future.