Our board

Board and staff at our strategic planning weekend in Canberra, ACT, on 16 July 2022: Cody Smith, Dr Aileen Kennedy, Morgan Carpenter, Dr Alice de Jonge, Paul Byrne-Moroney, Dr Anita Jacombs, Clare MacDonald, Olympia Balopitos, Dr Agli Zavros-Orr, Councillor Tony Briffa

Board and staff at our strategic planning weekend in Canberra, ACT, on 16 July 2022. From left to right: Cody Smith, Dr Aileen Kennedy, Morgan Carpenter, Dr Alice de Jonge, Paul Byrne-Moroney, Dr Anita Jacombs, Clare MacDonald, Olympia Balopitos, Dr Agli Zavros-Orr, Councillor Tony Briffa. Photo thanks to Dr Hannah Holland

Olympia Balopitos

Olympia Balopitos – Director

Olympia is a prospective academic currently completing their Law Honours thesis. Their thesis discusses involuntary and coerced surgeries against intersex people with a particular focus on children’s rights and consent laws. They also provide peer support at SHINE SA, a sexual health and relationship wellbeing clinic located in Adelaide, Australia. Olympia is an active online advocate for social justice, with particular focus on LGBTQI+ rights, and creates art to provide representation to those living in marginalised bodies.

Tony Briffa head shot

Tony Briffa JP – Vice-Chair

Tony Briffa was a co-executive director between December 2016 and May 2021, alongside Morgan Carpenter and is now a vice-chair. 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), co-chair of the Victorian government’s intersex expert advisory group, 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.

Paul Byrne-Moroney – Director

Paul was told he had Klinefelter Syndrome (47,XXY) in 1994, at the age of 28. He was told he had an extra X sex chromosome, was infertile and would be administered testosterone injections for the rest of his life. That’s it. During the next twenty years Paul discovered much more about this condition and in doing so, discovered that having an extra X chromosome impacted his life in ways that had never been explained to him. In 2006, Paul spoke to staff at Melbourne’s Royal Children Hospital and it was here Paul met other people with 47,XXY for the first time. It immediately became apparent people with 47,XXY had no peer support and so, the Victorian Klinefelter Syndrome Support Group was formed. Since then, Paul has become a national advocate for people with X and Y sex chromosome variations, a member of the Victorian government’s Intersex Expert Advisory Group, the Australian Human Rights Advisory Group and has spoken at Intersex Awareness Day events, medical centres, municipal offices and attended an intersex parliamentary breakfast in Canberra. He has also spoken at the Better Together Conference in Melbourne and Sydney. Paul has also been interviewed on Joy FM and has been the subject of two media articles. Most recently Paul has become the Victorian IPSA rep, a member of the Melbourne Pride Centre community reference group and joined his local council LGBTIQ community reference group. He is also writing a memoir. Paul has overcome any of the obstacles inherent in having his intersex variation and is passionate about increasing awareness, overcoming misconceptions, eliminating human rights issues and enabling all intersex people to live happy, successful and fulfilling lives.

Morgan Carpenter

Morgan Carpenter JP – Executive Director

Morgan is a bioethicist and executive director of IHRA (a part-time role). A director since IHRA registered as a not-for-profit company in 2010, Morgan Carpenter has served in numerous board positions, including president. 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. He 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 and has consulted or been a reference group member for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Health Organization, the ACT government, GATE, Australian Human Rights Commission, Australian Bureau of Statistics, NSW Health, and other bodies. He designed the intersex flag. Morgan is also a PhD candidate in bioethics at Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, and a Justice of the Peace in NSW.

Candice Cody

Candice Cody – Director

A woman with 47,XXY, 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 47,XXY community. Candice is our community events organiser in Sydney, and she also volunteers with various other organisations that operate within an LGBTIQA framework.

Alice de Jonge

Dr Alice de Jonge – Director

Alice de Jonge SJD, PhD is a senior lecturer in law at Monash Business School, Monash University, where she lectures on aspects of public and private international law. Alice is a long term member of the Faculty Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion Committee, the University “Diverse Genders, Sexes and Sexualities Advisory Group”, and the Monash NTEU Branch Committee. She has taught at university institutions in Southeast Asia, China, Europe and South Africa. She has published extensively on topics of international law, human rights and gender diversity, and volunteers as a lawyer for Refugee Legal, Victoria. Alice joined the board at the 2021 AGM and is a vice-chair of IHRA.

Anita Jacombs, photo by Mia Rankin

Dr Anita Jacombs – Director

Dr Anita Jacombs B.Sc (Hons) Grad Dip MBBS PhD FRACS is a general surgeon, abdominal wall reconstruction and hernia surgery fellow, and conjoint senior lecturer at Macquarie University, New South Wales.

Aileen Kennedy

Dr Aileen Kennedy – Vice-Chair

Aileen Kennedy PhD spent ten years in legal practice and seven years in legal academia prior to commencing at the University of New England 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 recently completed a PhD in law at the University of Technology Sydney. Her thesis focused on the influence of neuroscience in regulating sex and gender surgery on children. From our 2021 AGM, Aileen is secretary of IHRA.

Dr Agli Zavros-Orr

Dr Agli Zavros-Orr – Chair

Agli Zavros-Orr PhD (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 has served as the Intersex Peer Support Australia (ISPA) representative for Victoria and Tasmania and is 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.

Former Directors

Emeritus board members