Ex-Detective Sergeant Simon Illingworth was bashed, threatened and intimidated by bent cops and underworld criminals, all in the line of duty. His life gives dramatic insight into Melbourne's gangland war and the ugly world of police corruption. His book 'filthy rat' was released in May 2006 by ABC Books and is in its 3rd reprint. Simon appeared on ABCs Australian Story which won the Gold Quill for journalism.
Simon has received awards from the Victoria Police, Governor of Victoria, Royal Humane Society and is a recipient of the Sir Vincent Fairfax Fellowship, Australia's 2005 Future Summit award, the Perelberg award and was nominated for Australian of the year in 2004.
Simon is now a sought after speaker who has international experience in anti-corruption, corporate ethics, culture and leadership.
As the director of Ethical Strength P/L Simon drives organisations and individuals to open their minds and consider reviewing some aspects of Australian culture.