Dr Simon Longstaff is the inaugural Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre, a non-profit organisation, which, operating both in Australia and abroad, provides a neutral, confidential setting in which ethical questions can be raised, ethical problems explored and ethical dilemmas resolved.
Educated at Knox Grammar School in Sydney, Dr Longstaff completed a Bachelor’s degree in Education in Tasmania, followed by five years at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was the inaugural president of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics, is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Foreign Policy Association, based in New York.
Dr Longstaff serves on a number of ethics and advisory committees of some major Australian companies and organisations, including AMP, BHP Billiton, Westpac, Woolworths, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Advertising Federation of Australia. His first book, Hard Cases, Tough Choices, is to be followed shortly by a book on the role of conscience.