Dr Agli Zavros-Orr – Chair
Agli (a person with an intersex variation – 46XY Swyers) became a director in 2019, and co-chair on 17 November 2019. They bring to the board a strong background in education. Agli has worked as an early childhood and primary teacher and is a teacher educator. Their doctoral studies focused on the ethics of care, school leadership, teacher’s work and supportive school environments. Agli has held various academic leadership roles (including course co-ordinator and director roles) across five Australian universities and has informed the writing of degrees and authored numerous early years, primary and secondary teacher education courses. Their expertise is in curriculum and pedagogies – with a focus on social justice and anti-bias approaches. Agli is a co-founder of Diversitywise Educational Services. Since 2013 Agli has advocated for the needs of children with an intersex variation in their work with pre-service teachers. Agli is the Intersex Peer Support Australia (ISPA) representative for Victoria and Tasmania and a member of the Victorian Government Intersex Advisory Group (IEAG). They have presented at conferences, has been a keynote speaker, an intersex community representative on various panels, a member of various online forums and have spoken on radio on several occasions on issues around intersex human rights.
Tony Briffa JP – Co-executive director
Tony Briffa has served in numerous board positions prior to being appointed co-executive director in December 2016, alongside Morgan Carpenter. 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. She 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 Intersex Peer Support Australia (IPSA) (also known as AISSGA), current vice-president of IPSA, a member of current and previous Victorian Ministerial Advisory Groups on LGBTI issues, a board member of ILGA Oceania and chair of the intersex committee of ILGA World. 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 former Bail Justice in Victoria.
Morgan Carpenter JP – Co-executive director
A director since IHRA legally registered in 2010, Morgan Carpenter has served in numerous board positions including president prior to being appointed co-executive director in December 2016, alongside Tony Briffa. A founding director of the not-for-profit company, 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 formerly 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. He participated in the 2017 SBS Insight program on intersex.
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 focusing 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 focuses on the influence of neuroscience in regulating sex and gender surgery on children.
Candice Cody – Director
An XXY woman, Candice is a longtime advocate for change to diagnostic and treatment paradigms for XXY individuals based on personal informed consent. In 2013 she was a founding member of Beyond XXY Inc. She was first appointed to the board during 2014 and has played an active role in XXY support over that period. In more recent times Candice established The XXY Project a global support network for the XXY community. Candice is our community events organiser in Sydney, and she also volunteers with various other organisations that operate within an LGBTIQA framework.
Peter Low – Director
Appointed to the board early 2018 and a co-chair from December 2018 to March 2020, 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 has completed studies in Paramedic Science at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). His long-term goals are to study 47XXY, and change the perspective of doctors and allied health professionals on intersex issues. Peter participated in the 2019 ABC You Can’t Ask That program on intersex.