Our board

Tony Briffa

Tony Briffa JP – Co-Executive Director

Tony Briffa was elected to the position of co-chair in November 2015, alongside Morgan Carpenter, after serving as vice-president. Tony is one of Australia’s first intersex advocates, appearing on 60 Minutes in 2000 and 2005, and published in Nature in 2004. Tony more recently presented a statement to the UN Human Rights Council, in 2014. Tony is also a councillor of Hobsons Bay in Melbourne, the first openly intersex person elected to public office and the world’s first openly intersex Mayor. An aviation engineer and specialist, she is a former president of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia (AISSGA), current vice-president of the AISSGA, a member of current and previous Victorian Ministerial Advisory Groups on LGBTI issues, and a board member of ILGA Oceania. Tony speaks nationally and internationally and has appeared on television, radio, magazines and newspapers discussing intersex human rights. She is a Justice of the Peace and Bail Justice in Victoria.

Morgan Carpenter

Morgan Carpenter JP – Co-Executive Director

Morgan Carpenter was elected to the role of president in 2013 and joined Tony Briffa as co-chair from November 2015. A founding director, Morgan was diagnosed late, followed by multiple so-called “normalising” surgeries. Morgan wrote our submissions to Senate inquiries on anti-discrimination legislation, and involuntary or coerced sterilisation, and also participated in hearings on those inquiries. Morgan participated in the first intersex expert meeting, organised by the UN. He was an expert and drafting committee member for the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10 in 2017. He is an advisor to the first Intersex Human Rights Fund, managed by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a founder of the independent Intersex Day project and a consultant to GATE. Morgan is also a graduate and PhD candidate in bioethics at Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, and a member of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law. Morgan is a Justice of the Peace in NSW.

Candice Cody

Candice Cody – Director

Appointed during 2014, Candice was previously a founding member of the US not-for-profit XXY Brain Trust. She has also been the manager of an online community for XXY people.

Alex David

Alex David – Secretary

Alex was born with an ambiguous sex and raised as female until age 18 at which time Alex was told of their intersex status and then realigned to male. Alex now identifies as gender non-binary. Alex is a member of the Queensland Government LGBTI Roundtable and, in June 2018, Alex was awarded as intersex activist of the year at Brisbane’s Queen’s Ball Awards. Their story has been covered on Insight (SBS TV), and by Fairfax, The Australian and SBS. Alex joined the board in July 2015.

Peter Low

Peter Low – Director

Appointed in early 2018, Peter Low is an intersex man born with 47XXY. Peter is an advocate for people born with sex chromosome variations. Peter actively works to support the academic needs of youth and children on the X & Y Spectrum, through his work as a tutor and his development of learning tools and strategies for this demographic. Peter is currently working towards his short-term goal of getting into Medicine, meanwhile also completing his final year of Paramedic Science at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His long-term goals are to study and work as an endocrinologist, conduct medical research into 47XXY, and change the perspective of doctors and allied health professionals on intersex issues.

Aileen Kennedy

Aileen Kennedy – Director

Aileen Kennedy spent ten years in legal practice and seven years in legal academia prior to commencing at UNE in 2003. Her research is in the area of health law, currently focussing on the law relating to cosmetic surgery, female genital mutilation, voluntary amputation and other non-therapeutic body modifications. A focus of her research is on legal and ethical issues relating to biotechnological innovation such as assisted reproductive technology, genetics and neuroscience. She is interested in feminist theory, particularly theories of embodiment. Aileen is currently undertaking a PhD in law at UTS, Sydney. Her thesis focusses on the influence of neuroscience in regulating sex and gender surgery on children.