The Ethics Centre is a not-for-profit organisation developing and delivering innovative programs, services and experiences, designed to bring ethics to the centre of personal and professional life.
Across all our work, the same goals drive what we do: to bring people together, create space for open and honest conversations, and build the skills and capacity of people to live and act according to their values.
We remain committed to injecting a pause into the centre of public life and allowing people to stop, connect with others and explore the ethical dimension of our everyday lives.
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WHAT WE DO

Articles, videos, research and thought leadership papers that illuminate ethics and help you tackle issues that matter.

Curated conversations, debates and workshops that explore ethics and the most important challenges we face, together.

Consulting and leadership programs to help staff and organisations navigate complex ethical terrains.

A free, independent helpline, Ethi-call provides guidance and support to anyone facing a difficult ethical dilemma or decision.

A corporate community of businesses who are committed to raising the standard of business practice in Australia.

Volunteer led program of discussion-based ethics classes to build critical thinking skills in Primary School students.

The BFO fosters ethical practice through valuable conversations, events, and exemplary individual commitment.

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas steps across the threshold to explore issues at the boundary of collective consciousness.

WHAT IS ETHICS?

ETHICS IS ABOUTRELATIONSHIPS

Us and the lives we choose to live.
Us in relationships with each other.
Us in the context of the world we all live in.

KNOW YOUR WORLD.KNOW YOUR SELF.

Ethics extends a great invitation.
To know our world, each other and ourselves.
An unexamined life is not worth living.

NAVIGATECOMPLEXITY

Our human experience can be complicated.
Ethics can guide us through complex terrain.
Ethics supports good and right choices.

WHAT IS ETHICS?

IT'S ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

Us and the lives we chose to live.
Us in relationships with each other.
Us in the context of the world.

KNOW YOUR WORLD,KNOW YOUR SELF

The unexamined life is not worth living.
Engaging with the ethical dimension of life.
That’s what makes us human.

NAVIGATE COMPLEXITY

Life is complicated.
Ethics helps guide through complex terrain.
Supporting choices that are good and right.

EXPLORE FURTHER

LIVING OUR ETHICS

Our Purpose

To bring ethics to the centre of everyday life.

Our Vision

A world in which privilege has been tempered by fairness; in which power has been checked by conscience; in which good and right prevail – for the benefit of all.

Our Foundation

Socrates Quote

Our Work

We are innovators, thought leaders and conveners of people and ideas. We translate theory into practice. We diagnose, prevent and cure the sources of ethical failure. We make and apply tools for good decision-making. We educate, engage and inform for a better world.

Our Values & Principles

01

BE FOR HUMANITY

People matter most. Every person has intrinsic dignity and deserves respect. We’ll reject ideas or views that aim to deny the humanity of others.

02

KNOW YOUR WORLD. KNOW YOUR SELF

Socrates believed that the unexamined life is not worth living. Questioning who we are, being conscious of what we think and do and being alive to what’s good and right is what makes us ethical beings.

03

LISTEN

Listening is the foundation for mutual respect and understanding. Being open to others makes us worthy to respond. We provide opportunities for all voices to be heard – including the silenced or ignored.

04

DEMAND AND OFFER THE BEST REASONS

There is plenty of bad reasoning in the world: we won’t contribute to it. We create opportunities for people to explore diverse and often challenging ideas to support deeper thinking, good choices and better outcomes.

05

IMAGINE WITH INTENT

Finding solutions to ethical challenges requires imagination. We’ll honour the philosophical traditions that inform our work with a commitment to apply them to our increasingly complex world. We’ll never stop creating better solutions, better futures and better ways to be in the world.

06

BE COURAGEOUS

Ethics demands courage. We won’t shy away from hard truths, uncomfortable topics or compromise our independence. We won’t trade doing what’s right for what’s easy – or profitable – even if it pits us against public opinion or the powerful.

07

WALK YOUR TALK

Living ethically is not about telling people what to think and do: it’s about living with integrity. Be who you say you are.

OUR PEOPLE

We are a diverse team who bring a range of skills, life experiences, knowledge and passion for ethics to everything we do. Get to know a little more about us.

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ETHICS EXPERTS

Our Governance Team


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OUR BOARD

Major Donors & Supporters


Our wonderful donors who support our work.

MAJOR DONORS

Abhinav Gijwani

Finance Manager

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Professional Bio

Abhi is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over six years of work experience within Finance and Accounting. He looks after the finance function for The Ethics Centre, both at operational and strategic level. Prior to joining us at The Ethics Centre, Abhi worked with major international logistics and travel companies. He holds an undergraduate degree in Professional Accounting from Macquarie University, plus he’s an avid cricket fan!

What inspires you about the work that you do?

It’s great to be a part of an organisation that allows a platform for all ideas, and promotes good ethics both at organisational and individual level.

Ethics can transform an individual, an organisation, a society and a Nation

Cris Parker

Head of The Ethics Alliance

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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.

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.

Danielle Harvey

Head of Engagement & Festival Director, Festival of Dangerous Ideas

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Professional Bio

Danielle Harvey is a curator, creative producer and director. Danielle works across live performance, talks, installation and digital spaces, creating layered programs that connect deeply with audiences. A true polymath, she is currently Head of Engagement for The Ethics Centre and Festival Director of the infamous Festival of Dangerous Ideas, was founder of BingeFest (pop and screen-culture festival) and Antidote (a festival of ideas, art and action), and co-founder of All About Women. She was the co-creator and originating director of the award winning immersive experience A Midnight Visit. Past roles include Head of Contemporary Performance at Sydney Opera House and the Festival Executive Producer of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I remember the first FODI I was involved with 10 years ago and I felt my head was going to explode! It was so energising and eye opening. Being exposed to different disciples, opinions and deep diving into topics presented by experts is so inspiring. Being able to bring that together for others to also engage is a real privilege.

Ethics can provide real and practical guidance, even in the hardest times.

Dr Simon Longstaff AO FCPA

Executive Director

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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.

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.

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

John Neil

Director of Innovation

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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.

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.

Joseph Dickson

Program Manager

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Professional Bio

Joseph brings over 15 years of experience across content and education roles with the ASX to The Ethics Centre’s education team. In his role as Project Manager he is driving the development of new ethical literacy training programs specifically for the Financial Services industry.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

Education is one of the great ways to help shape the world we live in. In my role I have the unique privilege to create a positive impact on the lives of those who experience our programs, and also see that change ripple across the world around them.

Ethics helps me to see the world from other perspectives, creating empathy through understanding.

Kristen Gartrell

Project Manager – Consulting + Leadership

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Professional Bio

Kristen joins the team at The Ethics Centre as Project Manager – Consulting and Leadership and is responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day operations of the Consulting and Leadership, and Ethi-call Counselling teams. Underpinned by a Bachelor of Tourism Management from UTS, Kristen brings significant experience in high-level administration and project management support acquired from a diverse mix of roles in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Kristen most recently worked for a human rights social change movement. 

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I continue to be inspired by people who resolutely embrace ethics, determined to live and breathe ethics in all that they do. We can all make a difference. Seeing the evidence of ethics at play shines a light on that ever-elusive golden thread of ‘hope’. 

Ethics matters. It brings about that much needed mindfulness to the way in which we live our lives.

Mary Anne Terry

Director of Finance and Operations

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Professional Bio

Mary Anne brings over 30 years of experience to her role at The Ethics Centre. She has held leadership roles with responsibility for finance, human resources, marketing and operations in top tier legal and management consulting firms, as well as in investment banking firms in Sydney, London and New York. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MBA.

 

What inspires you about the work that you do?

The Ethics Centre is unique. It’s inspiring to work with such a committed team of people. I’m excited to be able to utilise my commercial experience to ensure that The Ethics Centre is in a sound financial position and operates efficiently.

Ethics teaches us how to improve as individuals and as a society.

Michelle Bloom

Director of Consulting and Leadership

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Professional bio

Michelle is a seasoned commercial Senior Executive with expertise in Leadership, Culture, Talent and Organisational Transformation. Drawing on 30 years as a consultant, clinician, and organisational development specialist, Michelle has worked with Australia’s largest organisations in developing and delivering solutions to assess and build value-driven leaders and cultures. 

Her work has supported organisations to evolve their approach to risk management – from compliance and regulation mechanisms to explicitly assessing and developing the intangible aspects of ethics, psychology and political systems to decrease an organisation’s systemic risk. This enables organisations to minimise their intangible risks, creating competitive advantage and ensuring reputation, brand and market value. 

What inspires you about the work that you do?

The most serious ethical problems we are facing are not in any particular institution, but rather the relationship between them. Information that does not take into account the full scope of inter-relationality in a system is likely to inspire misguided decision making which compounds ethically challenging and wicked problems. If change is to be made, it will be as a consequence of a shift not only in the problematised part, but in the combined conditions in which the system exists – be it a person, organisation, or society. That is the work of The Ethics Centre and why I love what I do. 

Ethics, really simply, is a compass by which to live a meaningful life. It is a framework to guide thinking, helping to navigate the complexity of our lives and consciously choosing how to be in and impact our world.

Michelle Walter

Head of Fundraising & Development

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Professional Bio

Michelle has spent over 20 years developing and managing partnerships and events in both corporate and non-profit organisations across the tourism, media, health and charity sectors. She is passionate about creating sustainable partnerships and experiences that engage internal and external stakeholders to drive long-term outcomes for all involved. Her experience spans the spectrum of fundraising, partnerships, stakeholder engagement, business development, marketing, communications, talent management, end-to-end event events concept creation and delivery, and brand management. 

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I am passionate about the power of community and collaboration. I believe we are more effective when we work together to achieve a goal. I am inspired by seeing the right people and organisations come together to fund and resource projects that achieve our vision and goals.

My natural instinct is to question and challenge and, for me, ethics provides the framework to make informed, accountable, responsible decisions for a better society.

Rebecca Blake

Associate Producer

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Professional Bio

Rebecca is a producer, director and theatre maker. Alongside their work with The Ethics Centre they are Artistic Associate and board member with Kings Cross Theatre.  In 2018 Rebecca was Festival Coordinator for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas as well as Associate Producer for skateboarding show, SKATE, with community arts company, Big hART. Prior to this, they were an Artist in Residence with the Barbican Centre and Rich Mix Theatre in London. Rebecca has worked on a number of independent and main stage productions in Sydney, Bolivia and London and is a graduate of Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor in Communication (Theatre/Media). 

What inspires you about the work that you do?

Creating and curating work that challenges our perspectives. I enjoy finding new methods of connecting with audiences, storytelling and finding empathy which leads to growth. It is a real privilege to work with fellow creatives and engage in complex and unique ideas.

Ethics provides us with a value based moral compass for everyday life.

Wendy Agostino

Executive Assistant

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Professional Bio

Wendy joined the Ethics Centre in early 2018 and has an extensive career working as an Executive Assistant in a variety of organisations and sectors including PWC, Bus 2000, AAP and Aussie Home Loans.  “I really enjoy what I do, and get great satisfaction from helping others to achieve success”. Coming from a broad range of industries I have had the opportunity to see the inner workings of business and being in this role allows me to reflect on what Ethics at work really means and given me a renewed lens on the business world.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I’m passionate about working with a team who has a combined purpose of making a meaningful difference in the world.

Ethics is something we ‘do’ every day – even if we don’t realise it – and allows us to live with principle and purpose.

OUR IMPACT

For 30 years we’ve worked with thousands of people and organisations across the globe to tackle the ethical challenges they face, or set the foundations to confront them when they come. Here is a glimpse at the impact our work creates.


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Our work is only possible because of you.Let’s see what we can do together to put ethics at the centre.

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