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Why attend?

As a leader, you are expected to make critical decisions with significant financial, human, social and environmental consequences. You are compelled to consider the expectations of shareholders, customers, employees and the broader community. Often, there are no black and white answers to complex problems.

The Ethical Leadership Program (ELP) challenges you to ask hard ethical questions. This course will give you the tools to apply important ethical principles and find answers to the issues you and your business face. The Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership teaches leaders to develop a way of thinking that ensures effective action, without compromise to integrity and the worth of others.

Who attends this course?

We are looking for leaders with the drive to influence workplace culture.
Typically, this course is attended by:

• Leadership teams from the not-for-profit sector.
• Leaders from government organisations.
• Human resources managers.
• Workplace culture specialists.
• Team leaders responsible for front-line ethical decision-making.
• Risk and compliance managers.
• Leaders from Government organisations -  levels EL1 Federal, 4/5 Vic, 8/9 NSW.

Previously, attendees have come from organisations including Rio Tinto, CBA, AMP, AGL, TAL insurance, Santos, Iluka, PwC, Department of Defence, Australian Federal Police, Domestic Violence NSW and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

“We are all confronting different types of ethical leadership issues, no matter what industry or role we work in. The program challenged my thinking around ethical leadership and provided great frameworks to enable me to approach decision-making on complex issues, keeping in mind both the organisation’s and my own values.

Being in the room with others from different backgrounds and experiences was of enormous value as this provided great insight into the types of ethical issues we are all experiencing, and provided a powerful learning environment. I would highly recommend this program to all leaders.”

Robyn Batson, Group People & Development Manager, Sussan Group

Program Structure

The Ethical Leadership Program is a three-day course delivered in Melbourne (February & September offering) and Sydney (April & November offering).

Before starting, you will be given thought-provoking reading. The program uses case studies, in-depth discussions, coaching and mentoring to develop your ethical reasoning and skills. A major feature of the program is the opportunity to participate in discussion and simulations of significant ethical challenges from diverse perspectives.

Each program is capped at 20 participants to create the best environment for open and confidential discussions about challenging ethical issues.

Day 1


Day one is about setting the foundations for the course.

You will:

  • Identify your ethical challenges.
  • Discuss with the group why your ethical challenges difficult to solve.
  • Examine the solutions you have tried and review their effectiveness.
  • Consider four reasoning tools to resolve ethical dilemmas.
  • Apply and test ethical reasoning tools to challenge your thinking and create new insights.
  • Participate in a joint case study to test ethical approaches and embed learning.

Day 2


Day two is about taking the theory of ethics and turning it into meaningful action.

You will:

  • Discuss how to achieve a culture of integrity.

  • Investigate workplace culture and the forces that challenge ethics.

  • Explore the psychological bases of ethics.

  • Examine your own biases. 

  • Share workplace dilemmas with your peers and gain insight.

  • Listen to a guest speaker discuss a workplace ethical challenge and how the problem was managed.

Day 3


Day three is about taking your knowledge and formulating a plan for change to take back to work.

You will:

  • Spend time working on your ethical problem with your
  • Integrate different ethical approaches to resolving your
  • Develop an action plan to take back to your workplace.
  • Discuss how you will influence others in your workplace and change the culture.


  • Improve your ethical reasoning and thought leadership skills.

  • Provide a framework to practically apply ethical decisionmaking in your workplace.

  • Develop skills for building an ethical culture at your organisation.

  • Enhance your communication skills, specifically having conversations at work about ethics.

Peter Collins

Program Director, Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

Peter has worked on this program since its inception in 2010.

In addition to his work at the Centre, Peter consults on ethics and leadership with:

  • CEOs and leadership teams of ASX200 companies.
  • Federal and state government departments.
  • Key statutory agencies such as Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and Family Violence/Child protection sector.

Peter’s leadership consulting projects include work around sexual predatory behaviour in Victoria Police’s response to Victorian Human Eights and Equal Opportunity Commission, in sport [cricket and rugby union] and advising boards and leadership teams on cultural issues.

He started his consulting career at McKinsey with focus on organisational change and leadership and has also worked in Federal Parliament for two cabinet ministers.

Peter has been a contracted columnist with the Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Herald Sun plus with ABC Radio and Channel 9 on ethical and public issues.


  • Said Business School, University of Oxford Awarded Specialist Masters, Organisational Leadership – Consulting & Coaching for Change (First Class Honors ) 2015-17
  • University of Oxford (Ethics & Leadership) Undertaking The Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) current

Olivia Brown


Olivia Brown brings extensive corporate experience to her role as Lecturer at the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership. She teaches into both the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship program and the Ethical Leadership Program.

Prior to starting her own business, Olivia spent 12 years in investment banking in the UK and Australia. Most recently, she was an Executive Director with Goldman Sachs and prior to that, she worked with Lazard in Melbourne and London.

“The Ethical Leadership Program was an incredibly valuable learning experience. I learnt many practical strategies and tips which I have been able to apply directly to my work. I left the course feeling very inspired and enriched after two days of great debate and informed discussion. I would highly recommend this course.”

Sophie Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Foundation


Fees & Dates

The Ethical Leadership Program is offered several times throughout the year. The course dates are scheduled for:

3-5 September 2019 (Melbourne)

26-28 November 2019 (Sydney)

4-6 February 2020 (Melbourne)

21-23 April 2020 (Sydney)

1-3 September 2020 (Melbourne)

24-26 November 2020 (Sydney)

Program cost for 2019 $1,950 +GST
Program cost for 2020 to be advised

How to enrol

To discuss the Ethical Leadership Program, contact CCEL.

T: +61 3 9827 2660

To enrol, complete the online application form.

Program Fees $1950 + GST
Travel and accommodation expenses are not included in program fees.

A confirmation email and invoice, including terms of trade and cancellation policy, will be sent upon receipt of registration.


If you have questions, or if you would like more information about the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, please contact us on (03) 9827 2660.

“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

Aristotle (384-322 BCE)