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One of our core functions – and one we take very seriously –  is our role as public advocates for ethics. We’re regularly asked by people and organisations all over the world to offer comment or lead discussion on the latest news, current affairs and issues facing humanity. 

We bring an ethical lens to each subject, offering perspective and guidance to help audiences better understand the ethical questions behind the headlines.

In the last few years, we’ve been asked to unpack the complexities of data security, AI and social media. We’ve looked at political and sporting scandals, genetic testing of human embryos, and workplace affairs. From medical to military ethics, there’s no limit on what we get asked about – and few topics we won’t touch. Ethics touches everything after all.

If you’re writing a story, holding an event, or looking for an expert to speak at your conference or business, The Ethics Centre has a range of experts on hand who are ready to offer their insights. A handful are featured below.

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Speaking Engagements

Workshop Facilitation

Consultation & Guidance

Dr Simon Longstaff AO FCPA

Executive Director

Professional Bio

Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory of Australia. He is proud of his kinship ties to the Anindilyakwa people. After a period studying law in Sydney and teaching in Tasmania, he pursued postgraduate studies as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1991, Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre. In 2013, he was made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and to philosophy.” Simon is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Risk Policy Institute. He serves on a number of Boards and Committees and as Independent Integrity Adviser to the Australian Taxation Office.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

People. I am inspired by their openness and generosity in sharing their thoughts and feelings with me. I am inspired by our common frailty in the midst of uncertainty – and the fact that this need not be overwhelming. I am inspired by the opportunity to continue learning about our brilliant, troubling, contradictory, maddeningly beautiful form of being – simultaneously the most creative and destructive creature on earth; a source of wonder and dread. If I can help people to fall ‘just the right side’ of each question, then I play a small role in making a better future.

More about Simon

It is only when we live an examined life that we live a fully human life.

Dr Matt Beard

Fellow

Professional Bio

Matt is a moral philosopher with a background in applied and military ethics. He has taught philosophy and ethics at university for several years, and has been extensively published in academic journals, book chapters and is a sought after speaker at both national and international conferences. In 2016, Matt won the Australasian Association of Philosophy prize for media engagement, recognising his “prolific contribution to public philosophy”. He is columnist with New Philosopher magazine and ABC Life, and a podcaster on the ABC’s Short & Curly program, an award-winning children’s ethics podcast..

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I’m inspired when I see our work inspire others. Whether I’m in the classroom, writing, working with colleagues or speaking to a room full of people, what drives me is the ‘aha’ moment. When people suddenly understand the world in a new light. They’re inspired to do things differently, ask different questions and seek better answers. In a moment, someone can suddenly realise what it means to live well. That’s the spark for me.

More about Matt

Because one day I’ll be dead. I want to make sure I spend my time being, and doing, good.

John Neil

Director of Innovation

Professional Bio

During his time at the The Ethics Centre John has directed our major consulting projects, leadership, people and culture programs and product development. Drawing on 20 years as a consultant, lecturer and researcher in ethics, leadership, cultural studies, innovation and social entrepreneurship, John has worked with Australia’s largest organisations in developing and delivering solutions to bring ethics to the centre of business design, culture development and organisational decision making. As Director of Innovation, he leads the development of our tools, frameworks and programs.

Whats inspires you about the work you do?

Helping individuals and organisations make sense of complex problems, large and small. Bringing solutions that are practical, collaborative and which draw on the inherent wisdom of those who are most directly affected by the challenge.

More about John

As human beings we are unique in our ability to choose what matters most. Because of this, ethics is at the centre of what makes a meaningful life, for ourselves, and for others.

Sally Murphy

Head of Education Services

Professional Bio

Sally is an education management specialist. Managing the education and counsellingportfolio at The Ethics Centre, Sally has brought years of experience in designing, curating, facilitating and managing innovative learning programs for adult learners to the role. She has worked across a wide variety of sectors, including management roles at The Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

My favourite part of my role is seeing the lasting impact a great learning experience can have for people. The need for a deeper knowledge of ethics spans all parts of the community and professions. Being able to offer education that is transformational – and not what a participant is expecting to do – is both fun and inspiring.

More about Sally

In this rapidly changing world we're bombarded by polarity. The need to connect with ethics is more important than ever.

David Burfoot

Senior Advisor

Professional Bio

David is a senior consultant with international experience across the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. His past employers include the United Nations Development Program, Deloitte, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and Sydney University. He brings expertise in anti-corruption, probity, corporate planning, and change management to the Centre’s consultancy services and his clients have included many of the top 50 ASX listed companies, government regulators and some of the most well-known non-profit organisations.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I love seeing how much interest people have in doing what’s ethical, in their endeavour to be more than just a cog in the wheel of nature. And I’ve been fortunate enough to witness many times how our work can bring together the breadth of the human experience to open up new possibilities.

More about David

Ethics suggests there is more to us than meets the eye – something that unites us all.

Cris Parker

Head of The Ethics Alliance

Professional Bio

Cris heads The Ethics Alliance, a community of organisations across sectors that works to collaboratively shape the future of business ethics. She is also a director of The Banking & Finance Oath, a pledge of integrity and commitment that aims to increase consideration of stakeholders and decision-making accountability by financial service professionals. It is a program she helped execute, and still oversees. She holds a degree in psychology, and in another life, founded a Manhattan theatre company, casting agency, and production studio.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I am inspired by the humanity that lies under the belly of business and the genuine desire to strengthen society. I am forever inspired by the people I work with who are so wholly committed to what they do. I am inspired by the impact of the work we do. Whether it is one person or a room of people, you can see and hear the impact – there is a hunger to learn and contribute to a better society.

More about Cris

My kids are going to make decisions that set the course for their lives. Ethics will help them make choices that are right for them.

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