Head of Secretariat for the 2024 Independent Intelligence Review, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Kendra Morony is currently Head of Secretariat for the 2024 Independent Intelligence Review, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
In this role she leads a secretariat to support the delivery of an Independent Review into Australia’s intelligence agencies, ensuring that they remain well-placed to serve Australia’s national interest. Prior to this, Kendra served as First Assistant Secretary Cyber Security Strategy within the Department of Home Affairs, leading the development of a long term vision for Australian cyber security. Kendra also acted as Deputy Secretary National Security and Resilience where she was responsible for counter-terrorism, counter foreign interference, national resilience, and strengthening democracy. Within Home Affairs Kendra also led the National Resilience Taskforce; Strategy Division; and also held roles as the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Home Affairs and Assistant Secretary Cyber Security Policy.
Prior to this Kendra worked as an Adviser to the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne. Kendra has also worked in a variety of policy and intelligence roles within the Department of Defence spanning 12 years. This included managing teams in Strategic Policy Division and International Policy Division - focusing on the Middle East; Australia and US joint facilities; and broader intelligence policy. Kendra was deployed as a Senior Policy Adviser to JTF633 in the Middle East, directly supporting the Commander, and also worked as the Senior Policy Adviser to Chief of Joint Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command.
Kendra started her career in Defence as an imagery and geospatial analyst at the Australian Geospatial Intelligence Organisation (AGO). During this time, Kendra also represented AGO as the Operations Liaison Officer within the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in Washington DC for over two years.