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Dr Simon Longstaff AO (Executive Director, Ethics Centre) in conversation with Professor Rufus Black (Vice-Chancellor, University of Tasmania)

  • VOS-Rory Spence Lecture Theatre. School of Architecture & Design, Inveresk campus Launceston. (map)

This session will feature a facilitated discussion and Q&A session between Professor Rufus Black, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, and Dr Simon Longstaff AO, alumnus of the University, on the power of integrity and ethics.


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". SimonLongstaff 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. In 2013, Dr Longstaff 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.

Earlier Event: 15 August
The Synagogue
Later Event: 15 August
Place of Peace