Ron Bonighton To Head OPI

Ron Bonighton To Head OPI

Acting Victoria Premier Peter Ryan

Former Intelligence Head Appointed To Lead OPI

Victor P Taffa

One of Australia’s leading intelligence figures has been appointed Acting Director of the Office of Police Integrity (OPI).

Deputy Premier and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan today congratulated former Commonwealth Department of Defence Deputy Secretary Ron Bonighton AM who would start in January.

“With a distinguished career, particularly as Deputy Secretary for intelligence and security in the Department of Defence, Mr. Bonighton is widely respected and extremely well-placed to lead the organisation.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Bonighton performed a number of critical roles during his time at the Department of Defence, including the Director of Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), which was Australia’s largest intelligence agency at the time.

Mr. Bonighton was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2004 for his work in developing Australia’s intelligence capabilities. Since retiring in 2005 as Department of Defence Deputy Secretary, he has consulted broadly in intelligence and security.

“Mr. Bonighton brings a wealth of experience to this role, having dealt with sensitive and complex situations at a national level for many years.” Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Bonighton spent almost 30 years with DSD, including a posting as DSD’s representative to the United States of America’s National Security Agency.

“Mr. Bonighton will deliver strong leadership for the OPI as it continues to provide crucial integrity oversight of the Victoria Police.” Mr. Ryan said.

In announcing Mr. Bonighton’s appointment, Mr. Ryan also thanked outgoing OPI Director Michael Strong for his work in the role since he was appointed in 2008.