Dr. Leslie Cannold

Author, commentator, ethicist and activist.


Associate Professor Leslie Cannold is an ethicist, researcher, writer and educator on gender and ethical leadership. Leslie works with leaders in the private and public sector to clarify individual and organisational values and engage staff by doing the right thing. She is the chair/member of numerous Victorian government and international NGO health tribunals, panels and committees, including the Marie Stopes International Ethics in Researcher Committee, the Victorian Board of the Nurses and Midwifery Board of Australia and the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal.

Previous experience

Author: She is the author of two books and many chapters and newspaper columns from her days Fairfax’s education and ethics columnist.

Media: Leslie appears regularly on ABC TV including Q &A, Moral Compass and Tomorrow Tonight and contributes to the community through her advocacy in the sexual and reproductive rights space and pro bono participation on the Australian Intercultural Society Advisory Panel.

Awards: She has been recognised through awards as Humanist of the Year, and an EVA award for sensitive reporting on intimate partner violence.


Talking Points
Social License, Ethical Leadership and How Australian Businesses Can Restore Trust after the Banking Royal Commission