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Former GC named chair of Cranlana Centre

A former general counsel and company secretary has been appointed as chair of the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 02 June 2020 Corporate Counsel
Chair of Cranlana Centre
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Gail Hambly, who served as group GC and company secretary of Fairfax Media from 1992 until 2019, and boasts over 25 years of experience as a senior executive, has been named as the new chair of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, founded by the Myer Foundation and which now operates in partnership with Monash University.

She will assume the role from outgoing Cranlana Centre chair Kim Williams.


Myer Foundation president Martyn Myer 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,” he said.

Monash University president and vice-chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC also welcomed Ms Hamblys appointment: 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 Hamblys decades of strong leadership experience and dedication towards assisting Australian businesses and communities will be of great support to the [centre] and its stakeholders,” she said.

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 programs 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 [have] provided Cranlana with the platform to continue to grow its contribution to our communities. It is a privilege to succeed him.”

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