About Cranlana

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership

Across our nation, it is our leaders – in business, community and government – who set the tone for how society operates and the values we live by.

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership is dedicated to building better leaders. By sharpening critical reasoning and ethical thinking, we help high-level decision-makers better see the bigger picture on any issue they face.

Since 1993, thousands of Australian leaders have experienced Cranlana’s unique approach to leadership development across our many programs, including the Executive Colloquium and the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship.

We’re here to build better communities – by strengthening wisdom and ethical courage in our leadership.

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

  • Not for Profit

  • Informed Discussion

  • Leadership and Ethical Practice

  • 200+ Colloquia

  • 40+ Symposia

  • 4000+ Business and Community Leaders

Our History

First established in 1993 by the Myer Foundation, the Cranlana Programme was created to promote informed discussion about responsible, ethical leadership. Inspired by the Aspen Institute in the United States, and recognising that there was too great a focus on management and not enough on leading, Ken Myer and Michael Liffman collaborated to create a course that would inspire a new generation of Australian luminaries to take a new approach to leadership.

Today’s Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership is the result of a collaboration between the original Cranlana Programme and another highly prominent Australian ethical leadership course – the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, founded by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and members of the Fairfax family.

The beneficiary of two legendary Australian families’ foresight and generosity, the Cranlana Centre brings more than a half-century of combined leadership experience to bear in cultivating an ethical focus among Australia’s leaders.

In 2019 the organisation partnered with Monash University, Australia’s largest higher education institution, providing an essential opportunity to reach an even wider cohort of current and future leaders across the nation – and deepening its contribution to building better, more ethically driven leadership.


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The Honourable Linda Dessau AC


Gail Hambly
Anna Spraggett
Leonard Vary
Jenny Wheatley
Professor Susan Elliott AM
Professor Bryan Horrigan
Professor Jo Lindsay

Our Staff

Vanessa Pigrum, CEO

Vanessa Pigrum
Chief Executive Officer


Peter Mares
Lead Moderator


Caroline Gibson
Director, Client Relations


Brittany Pullen
Program Manager


Susannah Goddard
Manager, Marketing and Communications


Sabah Quddus
Business Manager


Lis Kennish
Manager, Client Relations

Rebecca Cody

Rebecca Cody

Rhys Edwards

Rhys Edwards


Travers McLeod

Carl Murphy 2

Carl Murphy

Jean Ker Walsh

Dr Jean Ker Walsh

Frank 2

Frank Di Giorgio

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Genevieve Nihill


Emma Greenwood

David Neal award

Dr David Neal SC

Dr Matt Beard

Dr Matt Beard

Moderator Biographies