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.
Our activities span live events, including IQ2 and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, ethics consulting and education for organisations from all sectors and of all sizes, Ethi-call, our free ethics helpline, and advocacy campaigns.
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.

Advice, counselling and leadership programs to help staff and organisations navigate complex ethical terrains.

Public education programs designed to bring ethics to the centre of professional, leadership and workplace development.

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.

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

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.

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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

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.

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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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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

Adrianna Siddle

Advisor

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Professional Bio

Adriana is a consultant in the in Advice and Education team at The Ethics Centre. She has significant experience across public policy, human rights and international development. Her previous roles includes strategic advice on workers rights and the prevention of gender based violence with Care International in Cambodia senior advisor on age discrimination at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Prior to this she worked on economic policy issues for the Australian Treasury. Adriana holds honours degrees in law and philosophy.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

The Ethics Centre facilitates thinking about complex and difficult topics and makes it easier for people to live by their values. Through the work we do, there is so much to learn and so much to contribute.

Ethics frames our interactions with people and the way society fits together. By thinking more about ethics, we can work to create a better world.

Alex Hirst

Head of Programming

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Alex is the Head of Programming for The Ethics Centre. The key programs within the Programming portfolio include the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, IQ2, and The Ethics of series. She has over 9 years of specialist experience with performing arts and public programs. Previously Alex was the Executive Producer for The Works Entertainment, developing productions in Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that she spent 7 years with Sydney Opera House and has also consulted with companies including State Opera Australia. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Film Studies for the University of West of England.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I am continually inspired by the transformative power of art and ideas. Conversations, art and performance are all tools to convey the human experience and guide cultural thinking and doing. Our sphere for influence widens day by day- it’s exhilarating and daunting and certainly worth exploring.

At the heart of it ethics enables an opportunity to learn to examine ones choices and actions, and to choose a path more considered.

Briana Ewing

Program Manager

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Professional Bio

Briana is a versatile and passionate professional with over 15 years experience in the not-for-profit sector. She specialises in research, logistics and strategy and enjoys forming positive and productive relationships. Prior to joining us at The Ethics Centre, she worked with purpose-led organisations such as Living Future Institute of Australia and Green Building Council of Australia. She has degrees in Ecology and Environmental Science and Sustainable Development.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

Every day we make choices that change the world in some small way. From purchasing our morning coffee to what we read and how we interact with customer service staff and fellow commuters. In a time where global problems are so large they’re almost unfathomable, its empowering to take the time to make thoughtful and informed decisions that reflect the kind of world we want to live in.

Ethics is about paying attention. It’s taking the time to make thoughtful and informed decisions that reflect the world we want to live in.

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.

David Burfoot

Senior Advisor

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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.

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

Dr Matt Beard

Fellow

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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.

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

Dr Simon Longstaff AO FCPA

Executive Director

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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.

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

Ed St John

Executive General Manager

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Ed joined The Ethics Centre as Executive General Manager in 2014 after a career in the interconnected worlds of marketing, communications, entertainment and live events. His diverse roles include editor of Rolling Stone Magazine, TV producer, talent consultant to The Voice and X Factor, Twitter executive, CEO of Warner Music, Managing Director of BMG Music, Chairman of ARIA and CEO of Renovating For Profit. Throughout his career, Ed has experienced a range of ethical dilemmas and is cherishing his role where enabling good decision making is his core work, helping original thinking and lively public debate flourish.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

We create light-bulb moments for people. Through our events, our content and our work, we reveal things they hadn’t seen before, and we help to guide them through the challenges they’re dealing with. There’s something very satisfying about being part of that moment of realisation and understanding.

Ethics matters because it allows us to be the best that we can be.

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 (Contract)

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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.

Mary Anne Terry

Director of Finance and Operations

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Mary Anne beings 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.

Sally Murphy

Head of Education Services

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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.

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

Sarah Munro

Head of Marketing Communications

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Sarah is a marketing and communications specialist with over 20 years of experience. Since studying degrees in economics and commerce, she has worked with clients across the finance, technology, sustainability and non-profit sectors, both in Australia and the UK. She’s passionate about visual communication, and bringing difficult concepts and new ways of thinking to new and diverse audiences.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

I love that our work makes ethics really practical, relatable… even, dare I say it, fun! Ethics offers an incredible invitation to better know yourself, discover where you stand, take a deeper look at what’s happening in the world, and actively shape it. I love that I get to help so many more people explore the infinite, mind-bending world of ethics, and introduce them to new ways of thinking about themselves and the world around them.

As everything in life gets busier and more complex, to me, ethics is the voice in my head that’s constantly checking in, asking: “Are you doing the right thing here?

Talya Wiseman

Program Manager Education Services

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Professional Bio

Talya is an experienced educator who has worked extensively in both the formal and experiential education space. At The Ethics Centre, Talya helps to create innovative, engaging and quality ethics-focused education. She is passionate about developing learning that challenges assumptions and leaves a lasting impact. Talya regularly gives talks and runs interactive workshops on the topics of leadership development and positive culture.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

Ethics education allows people an opportunity to delve into parts of their lives and selves that they may have never previously contemplated. It’s a never-ending process of learning, questioning and growth.

A focus on ethics is a focus on how we can individually and collectively help to make the world a better place.

Tom Hull

Head of Client Relationships

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Head of Client Relationships at The Ethics Centre, Tom is a client partnerships and brand marketing specialist with global experience in both the commercial and non-profit sectors. He spent 15 years as a suit at marketing and creative agencies in London, New York and Sydney. More recently Tom was general manager of The Funding Network, a philanthropic accelerator for start-up Australian non-profits and social enterprises. He is a Philosophy graduate of Bristol University and a recent scholarship recipient of the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW.

What inspires you about the work that you do?

There is nothing more urgent at this point in human development than to discuss what is, or is not, acceptable to do in pursuit of our goals. “What ought we to do, to live a good life”? is an ancient ethical question and for centuries we have derived most of our answers from religious codes, culture or law. But with so much diversity of opinion and global complexity in modern life, we need to query this topic everyday with fresh energy and empathy. Whether in government, business or personal life, The Ethics Centre strives to bring meaningful consideration of how we can be better humans into practice. It is a privilege to play a small part in that effort.

If we don’t think mindfully about our decisions in life, as individuals and organisations, then we are falling short of what it means to flourish and be happy as a human community.

Wendy Agostino

Executive Assistant

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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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