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.

ethical boards

What Are The Ethical Responsibilities of Boards?

Are you contemplating joining a Board? Perhaps you’re taking up your first board role this year. Or are you an old hand, and member of many? Board membership can be prestigious, and a chance to support an organisation you believe in. By lending your experience and wisdom you can make a significant impact. It can be professionally and personally satisfying. It can also be a risk to your reputation and legacy if that Board or organisation misbehaves.

1 February 2020

employer brand

How Ethical Leadership Can Improve Your Employer Brand

How does your organisation ensure it stands out in the recruitment market? As you seek to recruit and retain the nest and brightest, CEO Vanessa Pigrum shares valuable insights about how ethical leadership improves your employer brand.

Recruitment Marketing Magazine, 11 December 2020

housing affordability

Housing Affordability in Australia

Peter Mares, Cranlana’s Lead Moderator, and Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI, talk to Hilary Harper and Michael Mackenzie about the impact on housing affordability of the sustained buoyancy in the property market, despite COVD-19.

Life Matters, ABC, 8 December 2020

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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.

18 – 23 Feb 2021

Executive Ethics Online (February 2021)

13 Mar 2021

Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 13 March

20 Mar 2021

Saturday Session, Canberra – Saturday 20 March

18 – 23 Apr 2021

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Executive

19 – 28 Apr 2021

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Senior

24 Apr 2021

Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 24 April

06 – 11 May 2021

Executive Ethics Online (May 2021)

10 – 19 May 2021

Public Sector Leaders Colloquium – Emerging

22 May 2021

Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 22 May

19 Jun 2021

Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 19 June


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.