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Executive Director
Dr Simon Longstaff AO FCPA
Simon’s distinguished career includes being named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century, with Carol Schwartz noting; "I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff". Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory where he worked in the Safety Department of the then BHP subsidiary, GEMCO. He is proud of his kinship ties with members of the island’s Indigenous community. Following a period studying law in Sydney and a brief career teaching in Tasmania, Simon undertook postgraduate studies in philosophy as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. Simon is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
Executive General Manager
Ed St John
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. Ed’s 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 at the Centre where enabling good decision making is his core work, and original thinking and lively public debate flourishes.
Co-Head of Advice & Education
Victoria Whitaker
Victoria has worked across business, civil society, academia and government in the areas of sustainability education, research, policy and advocacy, strategy and evaluation. As Manager of The Practice, Victoria is at the heart of our ethics counselling and consulting services. She previously headed up the Global Reporting Initiative in Australia for five years, growing corporate transparency and accountability.
Co-Head of Advice & Education
John Neil
John is the lead consultant on major projects at The Ethics Centre, and is responsible for major product development. In recent years, John worked to develop the Ethical Literacy Program for financial advice and the Ethical Leadership program. He was also project lead on the Waymaker App and our unique Ethical Literacy Styles process. Prior to joining the Centre in 2012, John consulted to a wide range of organisations and was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Technology (UTS) Business School. He taught and researched in a range of areas including ethics, sustainability, innovation and social entrepreneurship, and chaired the Ethics Working Group that led the development of the ethics framework that is embedded across the Bachelor of Business.
Senior Consultant
Trent Moy
Trent Moy is a Senior Consultant with The Ethics Centre. Prior to specialising in organisational ethics, culture and corporate responsibility, he spent more than 25 years in corporate roles with a particular focus on financial services. He has also worked across marketing, strategy and sustainability. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors - which seeks to improve the governance of Australia’s not-for-profit organisations.
Senior Consultant
Dimity Podger
Dimity is a values-based leadership and culture change specialist. She has 12 years of consulting, research and facilitation experience in purpose and values-led culture change, and sustainability education in Australia and internationally. In that time she has worked collaboratively with businesses, civil society organisations, state government agencies and individuals from various sectors to bring their values to life in their lives, work and communities. Her doctoral research explored the key elements for successful sustainability initiatives, particularly the importance of character and tapping moral motivations for change. Post PhD, Dimity worked in the UK as a Research Fellow with an international team at the University of Brighton. Together a group of collaborators created a values measurement framework and values-driven organisational transformation tool with contributions from 141 organisations across 60 countries. Her experience in change approaches include action research, action learning, and education for sustainability ensure her programs are interactive, experiential and future-oriented.
Senior Consultant
Philip Wright
Philip has been involved with The Ethics Centre for over nine years as a consultant, facilitator, accredited educator and counsellor for the Centre. Working with a wide variety of organisations, Philip delivers our ethical leadership and good decision making programs and workshops. He also presents to conferences on ethics, facilitates ethical hypotheticals, consults to boards and senior management teams, and provides the Executive Counsel and Ethics Counsel services. Philip’s work also includes review of codes of practice and developing ethical capabilities. He has extensive experience in the government and health sectors covering aspects of ethics, governance and leadership. Philip is a member of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Register human research ethics committee and a past president of the Australian New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists ethics committee. Outside of his work with The Ethics Centre Philip is a psychoanalytically orientated Psychotherapist, in private practice, working with individuals, groups and organisations.
Senior Consultant
David Burfoot
David Burfoot has worked in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors domestically and internationally for organisations as diverse as the United Nations Development Program, Deloitte, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption and Sydney University. He has been an anti-corruption specialist with a number of government agencies and held senior positions responsible for corporate planning, change and internal communications. He enjoys discovering the unique qualities of organisations and using his skills and experience to help them realise their ethical potential.
Project Coordinator, Advice & Education
Peta Andreone
After finishing her studies in psychology and music in 2011, Peta spent time in Australia and the UK working as a business administrator for a number of media companies. Peta supports the day-to-day work of The Practice and moderates online course content.
Education Programs Manager
Sally Murphy
Sally is an education management specialist. Managing an education portfolio at The Ethics Centre, Sally has brought her years of experience in designing, creating, curating and managing innovative learning programs for adult learners to her 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. Sally says her favourite part of her job is seeing the lasting impact a great learning experience can have for a participant.
Head of Philanthropy
Hilary Blackman
Hilary secures funding through philanthropic grants, sponsorships and donations, and supports the Centre’s revenue-generating consulting and education services. She has more than 15 years’ experience managing fundraising and external relations gained at universities, Opera Australia and Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation. Hilary has an MBA and a degree in Economics, majoring in Politics and loves working towards a more humane, generous and culturally vibrant society.
Head of Marketing & Communications
Sarah Munro
With degrees in Economics and Commerce, Sarah began her career in financial planning with stints at RetireInvest and PricewaterhouseCoopers. A move to London in 2002 saw her transition to marketing where she consulted across a range of sectors and organisations, including the BBC and Deutsche Asset Management. On her return to Australia, Sarah joined the City of Sydney as Marketing Campaign Manager, working on behaviour change campaigns to promote sustainable living in the community and business sector.
Digital Marketing & PR Manager
Marina Pliatsikas
Marina is a multi-platform digital marketing specialist with over 6 years of experience in the industry. Since studying journalism, majoring in archeology, she has worked with clients across the travel, lifestyle, health, finance, arts, and not-for-profit sector, both in Australia and abroad, with stints living in Ireland, Canada and Indonesia. She’s passionate about visual forms of communication, and brings a passion for photography and filmmaking to her work.
Head of Editorial & Events
Kym Middleton
Kym curates the Australian Intelligence Squared debates and The Ethics Centre events. She’s a multi-award winning journalist with a background in television news and current affairs. She has produced long and short form programming, online documentaries and countless interviews with people around the globe. You’ll find her at The Ethics Centre knee-deep in research while juggling two phones, a laptop, a camera and a newspaper.
Dr Matthew Beard
Dr Matt Beard is a moral philosopher with an academic background in both applied and military ethics. Matt is a Fellow at The Ethics Centre, undertaking research into ethical principles for technology. Matt has taught philosophy and ethics at university level for several years, during which time he has also published widely in academic journals, book chapters and spoke at a number of international conferences. His work has mainly focussed on military ethics, a topic on which he has advised the Australian Army. He has also published academic pieces on torture, cyberwar, medical ethics, weaponising space, sacrifice and the psychological impacts of war on veterans. In 2016, Matt won the Australasian Association of Philosophy prize for media engagement, recognising his “prolific contribution to public philosophy”. He regularly appears to discuss a range of ethical issues on television, radio, online and in print. He is also a columnist with New Philosopher magazine and a podcaster on the ABC’s Short & Curly, an award-winning children’s podcast aimed at getting families to engage with ethics in a fun and accessible way. Matt is an experienced speaker, writer and educator who brings enthusiasm, rigour and accessibility to his research, speaking and media engagements.
Relationships Manager - Ethics Alliance
Cris Parker
Cris founded a theatre company, casting agency and production studio prior to starting at The Ethics Centre, where she enjoys the challenge of creating something physical and stimulating for a range of different audiences. Cris is also the executive of The Banking & Finance Oath, a program to reassert ethics in the banking and finance industry. Her skills help to drive this unique initiative in an industry based around facts and figures.
Membership & Accounts Administrator
Tess Howard
Tess joined The Ethics Centre in 1999 after a long and successful career in the fashion industry. She has been the engine behind the organisation’s accounts and membership operations for close to 15 years, and loves her close contact with the Centre’s members and the Ethi-call service.
Executive Assistant to Dr Simon Longstaff and Ed St John
Leigh Woodgate
Driven by an ethos of making a meaningful difference in the world, Leigh has spent 15 years working with the people in charge. From manufacturing and construction to financial services, events management and five years on super yachts, Leigh emphasises the importance of relationships and adaptability. Now a trusted adviser and change agent at The Ethics Centre, Leigh is a strategic support for the not-for-profit’s aim to put ethics at the centre of everyday life through innovative programs, services and experiences.

Our practice educators

Sarah Sherwood
Simon Kennedy
Simon Kennedy is an accredited Ethics Centre educator and an independent HR Consultant with Audrey Page & Associates. He has more than fifteen years’ experience in leading organisations and individuals through change. His diverse background includes significant projects with clients across the finance, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors, with an emphasis on employee engagement and change management. Kennedy is a specialist trainer and educator, regularly involved in designing and delivering workshops, group facilitation and public speaking. He has previously held roles in international community development and maintains an active interest in youth and development issues within Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Kennedy served on the Board of Youth Challenge Australia for 14 years until 2011. His qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies and a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics. He is a Graduate of Social Leadership Australia.
Catherine McQueen Cawsey
Catherine is an accredited Ethics Centre educator and counsellor, having worked with the Centre since 2008. She has designed and delivered workshops for participants in both the corporate and government sector. Prior to working with the centre, Catherine developed and conducted training programs in leadership, coaching and communication for a wide range of organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the U.K. Her interactive approach to leadership development and ethical decision-making programs ensures workshops are thought-provoking and practical.
Elisabeth Shaw
Elisabeth is a senior consultant at The Ethics Centre, and a clinical and counselling psychologist, who has provided management/executive and organisational consultancy focused on effective leadership and professional ethics, for twenty years across a range of industries. She also teaches professional ethics at a masters level, and is a member of a number of ethics panels and review bodies. Elisabeth has been particularly interested in advancing practice in relation to the development of ethical maturity, and exploring viable remedies in the area of ethical transgression, in both professional and family life, and has published her work in each of these areas, most notably in the co-authored text “Ethical Maturity in the Helping Professions; Making Difficult Life and Work Decisions” (2013). Her work at The Ethics Centre encompasses projects such as developing ethical literacy, effective models of ethical decision making, and developing and providing ethics remediation programs for people who have transgressed their organisational or professional obligations.
Amber Elen-Forbat
Amber is a consultant and facilitator, with over 20 years' experience working at senior levels in the corporate sector. Her experience in financial services began with Citibank in London. A few years after returning to Australia she began working at Westpac were she was Head of Group Internal Communications for the Corporate Core. More recently, Amber spent six years with The Commonwealth Bank where she was Executive Manager for Diversity & Culture in the Retail Services division. In this role she worked closely with the Retail Bank’s executive team developing a strategic approach to diversity and culture, advising leaders across the business on diversity and culture issues, as well as developing and delivering culture change and leadership development programs and workshops across the country. Her expertise is in communications, diversity and building ethical organisational culture. Amber now consults to business, as well as develops and facilitates programs relating to organisational culture, diversity, strategic communications and creative thinking, and she is also a freelance writer and photographer. To date, her clients have included The Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and QBE.
Charity Becker
Charity has designed and implemented unique learning initiatives for Leaders, Managers, Employees and Coaches across a wide range of organisations, specifically in talent management and cultural transformations at ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac & NAB since 2006. She currently works as a Facilitator of Organisational Learning and Development Initiatives in Organisations as well as supervising and acting as an external executive coach for the Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership. She brings an interactive and engaging approach to learning, building trusting and respectful relationships with counterparts.
Brett Wood
Brett is an experienced Learning Designer and Facilitator with in-depth knowledge of both didactic and discovery-based learning. He’s delivered many learning projects covering areas including leadership, communication, culture change, business development emotional intelligence & mindset. Brett’s speciality is interactive learning methodologies that bring theory into practical application. Prior to working in business education he worked as an Actor and taught Acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). The Actors know-how of human being & behaviour, combined with Brett’s education and business acumen, adds up to a unique and effective approach to motivation, mindset learning & development. He has provided learning solutions for; APRA, the Department of Finance and Deregulation, Westpac, NAB, CBA, Chubb Insurance, Zurich Financial Services, UBS Investment Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and Citigroup in areas such as; Business acumen and the trusted advisor relationship, Diversity and inclusion initiatives, Leading change on bullying and harassment, Leadership and team communication skills and Financial Planning culture change.
Drew McHugh
Drew is a dynamic and pragmatic Leadership Development, Ethics/Values partner and Executive Coaching professional with a proven track record in business partnering, leadership and workforce development, cultural transformation, change management, and performance development. Drew has a leadership and organisational development career of over 25 years, first in Finance and Banking in major Australian Banks, then in NFPs and Higher Education. He specialises in best practices in Leadership Development, Business Transformation and Strategy, Ethical Literacy and Values-led leadership, Executive and Organisational Coaching, and Change Creation and Implementation. Drew’s approach begins with developing a deep and practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the client groups he works with. A McKinsey trained, founding member of ANZ’s Cultural Transformation team, he has coached and developed over 3000 leaders in 8 countries to powerfully re-assess and re-create their approach to effective people leadership and ethical business delivery.
Duncan Young
Duncan has been working with organisations for the past 15 years as an organisational development consultant, facilitator and executive coach. He has implemented training programs throughout Asia Pacific and Europe across a broad range of industries and clients from both the private and public sector. One of his great strengths is being able to work effortlessly at any level of an organisation from CEO to frontline staff. Duncan is accredited in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, the L-Map Leadership Coaching Tool and the DISC Diagnostic System and has won numerous awards for his work. His credentials combine a diversity of education and training with practical experience. He has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Drama and a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). He has worked as a professional actor since 1995 appearing in film, theatre and TV productions in Australia and Overseas. In addition to being a coach, designer and facilitator Duncan is director of his consulting firm and has previously been a senior leader within large consultancies. This personal experience of management and leadership allows him to combine up to date theories on leadership with a pragmatic understanding of the real world.

Our board

Our Board members are volunteers from a wide range of professional backgrounds including business, financial and professional services, media, sustainability, public policy and national security, telecommunications, health, education, technology and property.


We strive for a board with many different interests, backgrounds and beliefs. And we thank them for bringing a wealth of insight and perspective to the work we do, overseeing the way we govern ourselves, and helping to further the work of The Ethics Centre as a whole.


The Board is not responsible for our editorial practice and we encourage you to have a read of our editorial policy to see the principles and rules that guide our contributions to public debate.

Peter Joseph AM
Maria Atkinson AM
Narelle Hooper
Stephen Loosley
Caroline Lovell
Stuart Marshall
David Eisman
Michael Pain
Michelle Tredenick
Robert Wilson Wannan

Our volunteers

Not-for-profit organisations frequently depend on the service and commitment of volunteers as well as the labour of employees, and we're no exception. The skills and talents of those who have volunteered in the past, or kindly work with us today, are crucial in bringing our mission to life.

We currently have no volunteer positions available. Please check back here for volunteer opportunities in the future.