Our board

Steph Lum, speaking at Women Deliver 2019

Steph Lum – Co-chair

Steph first joined the board in February 2017, then took a leave of absence at the end of that year to take a short-term position with the Australian Human Rights Commission. They returned to the board, and the role of co-chair, in December 2018. Steph is a lawyer, working in the field of human rights law in Canberra, and has been admitted to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. Steph is a member of the Australian Capital Territory LGBTIQ Ministerial Advisory Council, a graduate of the Australian National University, and of the International Service for Human Rights advocacy training program for human rights defenders. Steph participated in the 2017 SBS Insight program on intersex. A 2018 Women Deliver Young Leader, Steph also gave a Power Talk at Women Deliver 2018 conference.

Peter Low

Peter Low – Co-chair

Appointed to the board early 2018 and a co-chair from December 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 completing 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.

Tony Briffa

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 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, 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

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

Aileen Kennedy – Secretary

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. Aileen became secretary in December 2018.

Candice Cody

Candice Cody – Director

A female-identified XXY person, 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 the XXY Brains Trust. She was first appointed to the board during 2014 and is now also a founder of the Australian group Beyond XXY. Candice is our community events organiser in Sydney, and she also volunteers with various other organisations that operate within an LGBTIQA framework.

Alex David, speaking at a podium behind an intersex flag

Alex David – Director

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. In 2018, they were awarded as intersex activist of the year at Brisbane’s Queen’s Ball Awards. Alex is a member of the Queensland Government LGBTI Roundtable and studies health science. Their story has been covered on Insight (SBS TV), and by Mamamia, and The Australian [$]. Alex has also written for SBS. In 2019, Alex participated in the ABC You Can’t Ask That program on intersex. Alex joined the board in July 2015.