About Cranlana

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership

Across our nation, it is our leaders – in business, community and government – who set the tone for how society operates and the values we live by.

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership is dedicated to building better leaders. By sharpening critical reasoning and ethical thinking, we help high-level decision-makers better see the bigger picture on any issue they face.

Since 1993, thousands of Australian leaders have experienced Cranlana’s unique approach to leadership development across our many programs, including the Executive Colloquium and the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship.

We’re here to build better communities – by strengthening wisdom and ethical courage in our leadership. Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership is Monash University, The Myer Foundation and Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation working in partnership.

Not for profit

Informed Discussion

Leadership and Ethical Practice

200+ Colloquia

40+ Symposia

4000+ Business and Community Leaders

Our History

First established in 1993 by the Myer Foundation, the Cranlana Programme was created to promote informed discussion about responsible, ethical leadership. Inspired by the Aspen Institute in the United States, and recognising that there was too great a focus on management and not enough on leading, Ken Myer and Michael Liffman collaborated to create a course that would inspire a new generation of Australian luminaries to take a new approach to leadership.

Today’s Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership is the result of a collaboration between the original Cranlana Programme and another highly prominent Australian ethical leadership course – the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, founded by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and members of the Fairfax family.

The beneficiary of two legendary Australian families’ foresight and generosity, the Cranlana Centre brings more than a half-century of combined leadership experience to bear in cultivating an ethical focus among Australia’s leaders.

In 2019 the organisation partnered with Monash University, Australia’s largest higher education institution, providing an essential opportunity to reach an even wider cohort of current and future leaders across the nation – and deepening its contribution to building better, more ethically driven leadership.


  • The Honourable Linda Dessau AC
  • Gail Hambly
  • Anna Spraggett
  • Leonard Vary
  • Jenny Wheatley
  • Professor Sharon Pickering
  • Professor Bryan Horrigan
  • Professor Jo Lindsay

Our Moderators

Peter Mares

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Dr Matt Beard

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Rebecca Cody

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Frank Di Giorgio

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Rhys Edwards

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Dr Jean Ker Walsh

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Travers McLeod

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Carl Murphy

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Genevieve Nihill

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Annamarie Rooding

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Jacqueline Stone

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Our Staff

Vanessa Pigrum

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Mares

Lead Moderator

Matt Beard

Program Director, Vincent Fairfax Fellowship

Caroline Gibson

Director, Client Relations

Stephanie Robertson

Marketing & Communications Manager

Brittany Pullen

Program Manager

Ranmalee Mendis

Business Manager

Simone Pakin

Office Coordinator


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