Meet our board

Marilyn Metta


As a storyteller and advocate of human rights and social justice issues, Marilyn is passionate about working to elevate marginalised communities and stories.

Marilyn founded Mettamorphosis Inc. in 2013 as a grassroots response to the plight of children and young people who were denied fundamental human rights – access to education, healthcare, and safety.

Marilyn is the Director and Founder of The Metis Centre, a social justice organisation working to address women and children’s safety and wellbeing. She has over 22 years’ experience working as a trauma-integrated counsellor and facilitator with First Nations and culturally diverse and marginalised families and communities.

She has been awarded the 2021 Westpac Social Change Fellowship for the Feeling Safe and Free initiative, an innovative trauma-informed program designed to build young people’s capacity in personal and relational safety and wellbeing.

Marilyn is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors’ course, and the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) Leadership and Governance Program (2021). She has over 11 years in board governance and leadership as a Director and Advisor for both not-for-profit and corporate sectors.



Rubi settled in Australia as a refugee when she was 10 years old. The documentary How I Became a Refugee is about Rubi and her family’s journey from Myanmar to Australia. Through the work of Mettamorphosis, she has been a leader and spokesperson for refugee issues in Australia and globally. Her background as a former refugee informs and drives her humanitarian and advocacy work on how to support refugee and CALD communities.

She has held positions as an Executive Council Member of the Chin Community of Western Australia Inc., as well as secretary and president of Western Australia Chin Higher Education Students Organisation. In her leadership roles she advocate for her community by liaising with Government Departments and Local Council on issues such as employment, education, citizenship and accessing culturally appropriate services. She is able to speak 4 languages, allowing her to serve her community for over 10 years.

She is currently studying Doctor of Medicine at The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle. 

David English


I grew up near Albany, an idyllic coastal town in southwest Western Australia. This environment fostered a love of nature, but was also very isolating. It wasn’t until a charity trip to Cambodia in 2014 that I realised how privileged my life is. I began to be more appreciative of global perspectives and different cultures. This resulted in me studying Anthropology and Sociology at Curtin University. My studies and my involvement in extracurricular activities and clubs, provided me with great practical opportunities to learn. This included volunteering in Ecuador with an international team, leading my own team to develop and execute programs to tackle United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and conducting my own ethnographic research in Mumbai. My love of nature, sense of adventure, and deep appreciation of different cultural perspectives continue today, and are reflected in my work. Currently, I work as a Heritage Consultant and Anthropologist, where I work closely with Traditional Owner groups all across Western Australia to record and protect their culturally significant sites.

I have also previously been an Executive Officer for Dieback Working Group and branch manager of AIESEC Australia Ltd.



Mindy joined Mettamorphosis because she wanted to make a difference and was interested in using her skills to help others.

She has over 15 years’ international experience in financial analysis, financial reporting, management accounting, compliance reporting, board reporting, company secretarial services and office management across multiple jurisdictions (Australia, Malaysia, UK, Sweden and Norway) including ASX listed companies, public and private companies.


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Engagement with the fate of stateless people, particularly children, has grown out of Cameron’s work with Australian Traditional Owner people and communities over the last two decades. With a long history of working in rural and remote Australia in the outdoor education sector, and more recently across Asia in commercial enterprises, an understanding of displacement and the struggle to establish a new place and a new community has led to a passion to address the long term consequences of denying children access to education and basic medical services which results in inter-generational trauma.

Cameron is a co-founder of Hemisphere Digital, an Associate of Tuhana Consulting, and works with First Nations communities across Australia and internationally. He is Chair of Dieback Working Group Inc, dedicated to raising awareness and knowledge of the plant pathogen Phytophthora, identified as the second most significant threat to Australia’s environment in the State of the Environment Report 2021.

Dawt Tha Thangeng

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Dawt Tha is a dedicated professional with a deep commitment to community well-being and mental health. Based in Melbourne, DawtTha brings over five years of experience as a bicultural worker, bridging gaps and fostering understanding between diverse communities. With a background in psychiatric nursing, Dawt is a registered psychiatrist nurse specialising in mental health care.

Dawt Tha is currently working in an inpatient unit, where compassion and expertise merge to provide essential support to individuals facing mental health challenges. Dawt Tha’s  work extends beyond clinical settings; they are deeply involved in community projects aimed at destigmatising mental health issues and promoting holistic wellness.

Driven by a passion for community work and advocacy, Dawt Tha actively engages in initiatives that empower individuals and promote inclusivity. Through their multifaceted roles, Dawt Tha exemplifies a profound dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of others.


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Dhaneesha was born in Sri lanka and migrated to Australia at 14 years of age. She is passionate about women and children’s health and education, especially in developing countries. She has previous experience in educating refugee and disadvantaged children in Melbourne. She has also worked in rural and remote areas and understands the barriers that people who live in these areas may have in accessing food, medical services and education.

Dhaneesha is currently in the final year of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia. She hopes to use her life experiences and skills to make a difference in the lives of marginalized individuals through Mettamorphosis