Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership announces new Chair

  • Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership appoints new Chair following significant partnership announcements with Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation and Monash University in 2019
  • Gail Hambly takes over the role from Kim Williams AM
  • Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership delivers unique in-person and online programmes that develop the ethical decision-making skills of Australia’s leaders across the private, public and community sectors

Monash University and the Myer Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Gail Hambly as the new Chair of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership (Cranlana Centre).

Ms Hambly has over 25 years’ experience as a senior executive, serving as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of Fairfax Media Limited from 1992 to 2019, with responsibility for legal services, government and corporate relations, ASX compliance, internal audit and risk.

Ms Hambly was deeply involved in the growth and development of Fairfax Digital businesses including Domain, Stan Entertainment Ltd and Stayz Ltd. She is a member of the Media and Communications and Privacy Law Committees of the Law Council of Australia.

Ms Hambly will assume the role from outgoing Cranlana Centre Chair, Kim Williams AM.

On Ms Hambly’s appointment, President of the Myer Foundation, Martyn Myer AO said, "We're delighted, after an extensive search, to welcome Gail Hambly as the Chair of Cranlana Centre.

“Kim Williams was always going to be difficult to replace, and I extend my thanks to him for his time as Chair. Kim oversaw a number of key developments in Cranlana's evolution, including the two major partnerships formed in 2019.

“We know that Gail will continue to strengthen these partnerships between the Myer Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation, and Monash University."

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC welcomed Ms Hambly's appointment as the new Cranlana Centre Chair.

"Monash deeply values its partnership with the Cranlana Centre, and we look forward to working closely with Ms Hambly to continue the important work we do in bringing together Monash’s mission to solve the challenges of the age with the Centre’s mission to cultivate wisdom in leadership.

"Ms Hambly's decades of strong leadership experience and dedication towards assisting Australian businesses and communities will be of great support to the Centre and its stakeholders."

On her appointment as Cranlana Centre Chair, Ms Hambly said, “I am honoured and excited to have the opportunity to lead the Cranlana Board. The COVID-19 global pandemic has shown us all how important wise, strong and ethical leadership is. There will be many lessons to learn from our experiences and Cranlana Centre programmes are built to equip present and future leaders to develop their personal and professional skills and insights to the benefit of their organisations and society generally.

“Kim Williams’s leadership and his championing of the key partnership between Monash University, the Myer Foundation and the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation has provided Cranlana with the platform to continue to grow its contribution to our communities. It is a privilege to succeed him.”

Vanessa Pigrum, Cranlana Centre CEO extended her warm thanks to Kim Williams for “his support during an exciting and challenging time in Cranlana Centre’s history, overseeing the major partnerships with Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation and Monash University, as well as charting a steady course for the organisation throughout his tenure.”

Ms Pigrum said, “The appointment of Gail Hambly as Chair is an important milestone for Cranlana Centre as we prepare for unprecedented leadership challenges that will emerge in a post COVID-19 world. Strong, wise and judicious leadership has never been more critical, and we’re confident that under Gail’s stewardship Cranlana Centre will continue to consolidate and expand its offering to help Australia’s leaders meet this challenge.”

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership draws on more than two millennia of philosophical thinking to foster in-depth, practical discussions that sharpen critical reasoning and strengthen moral courage in leaders.

Since being founded in 1993, thousands of leaders across Australia’s business, community and government sectors have benefitted from Cranlana Centre’s rigorous programs – the Executive Colloquium, Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, Executive Ethics and bespoke programs.