Our staff

All our staff roles are fixed-term, paid part-time roles. Two positions have been funded to engage in systemic advocacy with foreign philanthropic funding since December 2016.

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. Photo: Mark Dickson.

Cody Smith

Cody Smith – Senior Projects Officer

Cody has been a Canberra based intersex educator and activist for the last eight years and joined us as Senior Projects Officer in August. Starting off in grassroots community education, Cody has spent the last four years as Intersex Project Coordinator for A Gender Agenda. They’ve been involved in building organisational capacity, policy development, running peer support programs, as well as developing resources and training from a lived experience perspective. With a background in science communication and in library and information services, Cody brings a bright and sincere voice to the space and believes that visibility and conversation are the right way forward to improving the circumstances of people with innate variations of sex characteristics in Australia. As a signatory of the Darlington Statement and key collaborator on legislative work in the ACT, Cody looks forward to contributing further to the national discussion on intersex human rights.


Former staff members

Tony Briffa was a co-executive director from December 2016 to May 2021, and continues as a director of the company. She departs our staff team with immense gratitude.

Florin Douglas joined us on a one-year part-time contract in November 2019, funded by the Victorian government, and departed with our thanks in November 2020.

Clare MacDonald joined us for a one-year part-time administration role in 2021-2022 and leaves with our immense thanks in September 2022.