Howard Whitton is a Founding Director of The Ethicos Group Pty Ltd, and the company’s Chief Product Officer. He is the Project Leader for the Ethicos Toolkits project.
He is an honorary Visiting Fellow at the National Institute for Governance in the University of Canberra, and an honorary Research Associate of the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption (TRIC) in the Australian National University, following a 30-year career as a specialist in ethics and integrity matters in both Commonwealth and State public services in Australia, and internationally.
Howard authored the original Public Sector Ethics Resource Series of innovative video-based training materials for a consortium of Australian and New Zealand public sector agencies. These formed the basis of five adaptation projects for the OECD in Europe in 2002-05 and Nigeria in 2007.
He served with the OECD’s Public Governance Directorate in Paris in 2002-05, and co-authored the OECD Guidelines on Managing Conflict of Interest, which remains in print. In 2006 he was a member of the implementation team which established the first Ethics Office in the UN Secretariat, New York, and is a member of the editorial board of the US journal Public Integrity.
Originally trained as a teacher, Howard’s main work involves policy, legislation and capacity-building in public sector ethics, whistleblowing, codes of conduct, and integrity programs, and technological innovation in evidence-based training and development.
He has worked as a subject-matter expert consultant or Project Leader for projects in ten countries for organisations as diverse as the UN Secretariat, UNDP, UNODC, UNESCO, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), The Utstein Group (U4), Transparency International, the European Commission, The World Bank, UK’s DFID, Germany’s GTZ, and Australia’s DFAT/AusAID.