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Dr. Simon Longstaff

Executive Director - The Ethics Centre

Simon Longstaff is a philosopher whose focus is the field of applied ethics, and encompasses more than simply the academic community.

Longstaff’s career is highly awarded, and includes the honour of being named one of the AFR Boss True Leaders for the first decade of the 21st century. Carol Schwartz has said, regarding Longstaff, “I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff.”

Longstaff began his career on Groote Eylandt (Anindilyakwa) in the Northern Territory, where he worked in the Safety Department of GEMCO, a BHP subsidiary. After studying law in Sydney and teaching in Tasmania, Longstaff completed a doctorate in philosophy as a member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. He later lectured at the University, consulted to the Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Trusts, and acted as an inaugural Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre in 1991.

Longstaff is a fellow of CPA Australia, and in June 2016 was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University, where he was based in the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Longstaff also serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Australian Institute of Company Directors Corporate Governance Committee, BHP Billiton Forum on Corporate Responsibility, CSIRO Niche Manufacturing Flagship Advisory Committee, and Nestle Oceania Creating Shared Value Advisory Board.

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Recent ICON Events

ICON XQ Market Leadership Australia & New Zealand Conference (2018)

Longstaff discussed some of the ethical issues that are rampant through the corporate world, gave key insights into dealing with these issues, and pushed the ICON community to think outside of their comfort zones. 

Books published by Dr. Simon Longstaff

  • Everyday Ethics (2017)
  • The Spider's Song (2016)
  • Hard Cases, Tough Choices (1997)