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Vincent Fairfax Fellowship



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

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Each year this Fellowship gives a select group of senior executives the opportunity to discuss, examine, critique and reflect on the ethical challenges they encounter in their work – and offers expert assistance with putting practical ethical theory of change into action within their organisations.

  • 10

  • 4

  • Speaker

  • Fellows

  • 20–30

  • 3 Books

  • Induction
    & Coaching


Across a 12 month program of residential modules and individual coaching, participants explore and untangle the moral challenges that arise in their high-level leadership positions. Assisted by expert senior consultants, each participant chooses and develops a change project to be implemented within their own organisation, as a concrete way to drive ethical improvement.

The close-knit, collegial and confidential environment effectively cultivates an ethical brains trust – a group that can be drawn on to boost personal clarity and understanding around ethics-driven decision-making.

Participants join our extensive network of Cranlana Alumni, gaining access to a range of exclusive events where they can deepen their connection with some of Australia’s most extraordinary leaders.

The fellowship is delivered across the year in Melbourne and Sydney, and there are scholarship places available specifically for leaders from the not-for-profit, arts and culture, start-up and community sectors.

For more information contact Cranlana Centre at or on 03 9827 2660.

Course Structure

The Fellowship is run over 10 days spread across a full year, commencing June and concluding in June the following year.

In addition to a commencement dinner and induction, a trio of three-day residential training modules deepens participants’ ethical reasoning and leadership skills across different aspects of work and society. These modules are supported by a series of talks given by prominent business and community leaders, with past speakers including Elizabeth Broderick, Gail Kelly, Michael Chaney AO and Peter Greste.

As a central aspect of the program, each participant also develops an ethically focused project to embed in their own organisation, assisted by experienced change consultants.

The entire fellowship is supplemented by a robust selection of in-depth philosophical readings for participants to engage with in their own time, along with regular sessions with an expert coach to assist in developing and applying ethical leadership skills.


  • Strengthen your decision-making framework
  • Embed a change project in your organisation
  • Hone ethical reasoning and critical leadership skills
  • Develop a tool kit to draw upon to address ethical issues in the workplace
  • Develop a support network of trusted senior leaders
  • Access to Cranlana Alumni events, and a wider network of Alumni

Dates & Information

Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

Suitable for:

Senior leaders from the business, not-for-profit and government sectors, human resources and workplace culture specialists.


$24,800 (including GST)
Catering and accommodation during modules included. Travel expenses are not included.


The current cohort 25 dates are:
Commencement dinner – 20 June 2019
Induction day – 21 June 2019
Module 1 – 29–31 October 2019
Module 2 – 17–19 March 2020
Module 3 – 16–18 June 2020
Graduation dinner – 18 June 2020

The next fellowship starts:

June 2020:
Commencement dinner – 18 June 2020, Sydney
Induction day – 19 June 2020, Sydney
Module 1 – 27–29 October 2020, Sydney
Module 2 – 16-18 March 2021, Melbourne
Module 3 – 15-17 June 2021, Sydney
Graduation Dinner – June 17, 2021, Sydney APPLY ONLINE DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

“I will ask WHY?  I will say NO.  When we reach the finish line – move it forward.”

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

“In my professional practice I like to do one thing each year that is a reward for me.  Cranlana for me is a place where I go so deep inside my head.  As a result, things happen at what I’ve come to call “Philosophy Speed’ – which is not rushed, it is fuelled by reflection and a search for answers. For me, it adds a vital dimension to a lived life.”

Andy Farrant, Principal, One Degree Advisory

“This week has been re-affirming. It has echoed my beliefs. I have some tools now. It has been powerful. I want to have more courage to speak out about bad behaviours.”

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

“Cranlana was the most inspiring and stimulating time of my life. It left me with a renewed interest in the importance of the discussion of ethics in our society and how that relates to our individual lives.”

Caecilia Potter, Designer Director, Atticus & Milo

“Before I attended Cranlana I didn’t have the language to express what I was trying to do with my life. There’s a real change in the way you think about things if you can enunciate them clearly.”

Alison Morley, former Head of Business Development, Western Power

“We all have a sense of what is just and right. It is even more the case when it comes to ageing, where our assumptions lead to actions have such impact on older Australians. Cranlana offers the time to stop, think, listen and speak.”

Nick Ryan, Former Chief Executive Office, Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

“I value this group of people. How will I consolidate all these learnings?  These ideas speak to all people not just those working in education or justice.”

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

“If only every leader in Australia could do the Colloquium – an antidote that would strengthen our collective leadership.”

Suzette Corr, Group Executive People and Culture, Transurban

“Learning from a broad range of people with fascinating backgrounds and who were passionate about their work and life added the extra dimension. The sharing of ideas that resulted was magnificent. it has both shaped, reinforced and extended my thinking and has influenced the way I approach my personal and professional life.”

Australian Public Sector Colloquium Alumnus

“Cranlana enables ideas to be examined properly. You test and clarify your opinions and beliefs, leaving you confident and either able to defend them with certainty or with a new respect for alternatives you had not previously explored.”

Executive Colloquium Alumnus

“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 produced great frameworks to enable me to approach decision-making on complex issues, keeping in mind both the organisation’s and my own values. I would highly recommend this program to all leaders.”

Robyn Batson, Group People and Development Manager, Sussan Group

“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 Office, Sony Foundation

“It has been a revelation.  I see things differently now – through different eyes.”

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

“Cranlana gave me the opportunity for deep reflection on m prejudices and assumptions, thought patterns and actions. It was one of the most rewarding and intellectually stimulating things I have ever done.”

Professor Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor and President, Charles Sturt University

“A stimulating week and diverse range of views in this room. It is a privilege. The moderators create a safe space and everyone was supportive in the room. What will I do from here?  What will I commit to?”

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

“It has allowed important reflection time from the chaos. It has confirmed that ethical choices are challenging, exhausting but they offer mental freedom.  This program is a check and balance.”

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

“I have some deep thinking to do.  I haven’t checked myself enough.”

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

“The program was really about directing attention to the right places. For me it was about the impact we all have on other people. The Colloquium taught me to reflect on and understand the role I play in government where I have a large people function supporting 5,500 across multiple disciplines. It was one of those “I get it” moments; it helped me get my place in the world. Everyone who leads people should do it.  It was an incredible experience.”

Darren Bickham, Former Acting Executive Director People and Culture, NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

“I’ve participated in a number of excellent leadership programs. Only Cranlana got to the core of our humanity, our leadership purpose. It changed my perspective, what I tolerate and how I act.”

Australian Public Sector Colloquium Alumna

“It has broadened my awareness. Where to from here?  I have a new profoundness.  I am a father of 2 boys. I need to be responsible. I need to take care of the little things I say and do.”

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

“This has been the best investment of my time and money in a long time. I am in a bubble in my workplace.”

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni

“In the mining industry, many factors can compete with each other – safety, the environment, traditional owners, shareholders and government. This Fellowship gave me the skills to navigate the increasingly complex decision-making framework while ensuring that I do not compromise my values or those of my company”

Rob Atkinson, former Chief Operation Officer, Copper Group, Rio Tinto Ltd

“Because of my participation Cranlana’s Executive Colloquium, I have a much greater appreciation of the broader issues influencing decision-making and will be able to make better judgements.”

Major General Rick Burr DSC AM MVO, Deputy Chief of Army Australian Army

“Learning from a broad range of people with fascinating backgrounds and who were passionate about their work and life added the extra dimension. The sharing of ideas that resulted was magnificent. it has both shaped, reinforced and extended my thinking and has influenced the way I approach my personal and professional life.”

Australian Public Sector Colloquium Alumna

“I’ve participated in a number of excellent leadership programs. Only Cranlana got to the core of our humanity, our leadership purpose. It changed my perspective, what I tolerate and how I act.”

Australian Public Sector Colloquium Alumna

“I think about the conversations I had at Cranlana every day.”

Julian Burnside AO, QC

“The important thing for me was the shared perspective of the other people in the group and carefully considering and reflecting on the approaches to our work.  I was constantly learning through the discussions with, and the experiences of, the others. The other really valuable thing I gained was that I formed some new connections.”

Miranda Bruyniks, former Deputy Commissioner, Disability Services Commissioner

“Cranlana offers an important reminder of the power of diversity of opinion in an environment of trust. The situation fostered at Cranlana is difficult to find in the modern workplace and as leaders, we are the poorer for it. The Executive Colloquium was the most productive, most insightful and most beneficial six days I’ve had in my 35 year military career.”

CN Saint, CSC, Lieutenant Colonel, Chief of Staff/Deputy Commandant, HQ Army Aviation Training Centre

“It was without a doubt an enriching experience, challenging in a positive way, and gave a privileged space to give deep thinking to issues of ethical leadership which I would not have had without this opportunity presenting itself. I certainly went away with new perspectives, and new challenges to tackle!”

Executive Colloquium Alumnus

“I felt I couldn’t make a difference at work and I felt despair.  I can’t walk away from my work now. I need to stay and tell stories. There is power in the narrative.”

Cranlana Program Executive Colloquium alumni


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.

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