2021 Chief Executive Women Scholarship winner announced

11 October, 2021

Congratulations Commodore Fiona Sneath, RAN Deputy Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force , recipient of a Chief Executive Women (CEW) Public Sector scholarship. We look forward to welcoming Fiona to the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship.

Chief Executive Women (CEW) has awarded the first round of 2021 CEW Scholarships to women from a wide range of industries and sectors. Each winner has nominated a scholarship that best suits their needs and aspirations. Commodore Fiona Sneath, RAN, Deputy Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force, will undertake the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship.

CEW‘s shared mission is ‘women leaders enabling other women leaders’. CEW has over 800 members each with leading roles in Australia’s largest private and public organisations. Through advocacy, research, targeted programs and scholarships, CEW helps to remove the barriers to women’s progression and ensure equal opportunity for prosperity. Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership is proud to partner with CEW’s scholarship program, welcoming their members to the cohorts of extraordinary leaders who make up each program.

Commodore Fiona Sneath, RAN is the Deputy Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force. The office provides an oversight and integrity function for the Australian Defence Force conducting inquiries, audits and providing advice to military commanders, managers and the Chief of the Defence Force on matters of military justice.

Fiona commenced her career in the Australian Federal Police before joining the Royal Australian Navy as a specialist Legal Officer.  She has enjoyed a diverse and challenging range of professional roles.  Highlights include investigation of organised crime, secondments to the NSW Police Prosecutors Branch and the Office of the Commonwealth Defence Force Ombudsman; duties at training institutions (HMAS Cerberus where she developed a Sexual Offence Support Network, and the Australian Defence Force Academy); deployment on operations in the Middle East; Staff Legal advisor to the Chief of the Defence Force, and Director of the Military Law Centre/Deputy Director Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.  Immediately prior to taking up her current appointment, Fiona had the honour to command HMAS Albatross – the Naval Air Station and base for the Navy Fleet Air Arm – the first woman, and lawyer, to do so. 

Fiona is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Command and Staff Course, and holds post-graduate qualifications in Dispute Resolution, Maritime Studies, and International Human Rights Law.

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership’s programs include the 2 day Executive Ethics, 6 day Executive Colloquium and year-long Vincent Fairfax Fellowship. We also deliver online and tailored corporate programs. Find the right program for you. They are all held under the Chatham House Rule to encourage genuine and open debate, and allow participants to candidly discuss sometimes sensitive issues in private while allowing the topic and nature of the debate to be made public, and contribute to a broader conversation. The alumni program offers ongoing leadership development support and a lifelong connection with Cranlana.