Ensuring our sustainability into the future.

Our Board

Carole Caswell
Chair

BSocStud (UQ)

AMICDA, MAASW

Carole is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Rural Lifestyle Options Australia and one of the co-founders of the organisation. Carole is a retired Social Worker and her career within the human services sector spans from working for the Veterans Affairs, Immigration, and Defence Departments. She was psychiatric Social Worker at Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital and supervisor for the University of Queensland Social Work field education unit. Before retiring in 2005, Carole was the Queensland Regional Director of the Defence Community Organisation. In 2007, Carole was awarded the Australian of the Year Local Hero Regional Queensland for her voluntary work in the disability sector. Carole is a member of the Board’s Chief Executive Officer's Recruitment, Review and Remuneration Committee and Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

Ann Armstrong
Vice Chair

AMICDA

Ann is the Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of Rural Lifestyle Options Australia and one of the co-founders of the organisation. Ann has an extensive background in small business and is also a parent of a young man who has an intellectual disability and mental health concern. Ann is a proud ambassador for Rural Lifestyle Options Australia. Ann is a member of the Board’s Chief Executive Officer's Recruitment, Review and Remuneration Committee and Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.

Katrina Ryan
Director

RN, BBus (HlthAdmin)
AMICDA, GAICD

Katrina Ryan is a Director for the Board of Directors of Rural Lifestyle Options Australia and a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Katrina's extensive experience in healthcare spans over 30 years and includes over 11 years as a General Manager for private hospitals in Queensland and a project portfolio for National Nursing Agency contracts and education for an ASX listed Private Hospital company. Most recently, Katrina has worked in consulting to the healthcare and Not-for-Profit sector, establishing new services between hospitals and community care. Katrina is also a volunteer Board member for Kidsafe QLD.

Chris Leck
Director

BA (Hons), MA (Applied Psych) 
MAHRI, GAICD

Chris is a practical and results-oriented Human Resource and Organisational consultant with over 30 years’ experience in achieving significant business outcomes for clients through designing and implementing enhanced remuneration, organisational, governance, management, people strategies and systems.   His professional knowledge embraces the fields of reward and remuneration strategy, organisational consulting and governance reviews.  His client base extends across many industry sectors and organisation types including around 50 not for profit organisations.  Chris joins the Board of RLOA as a skills-based Director and is currently on two Boards – RSL’s Remuneration and Nominations Committee, and he is also a volunteer Director on the Management Committee of the Nambour Community Centre.

Dirk Melton
Director

BE, MBA

Dirk Melton is a scholar-consultant working as a senior lecturer within the School of Exercise Science at ACU whilst advising Boards, CEO’s & Head Coaches on the complexity of the elite sport ‘athletic department high-performance system’ (HPS). In addition to his teaching & research program he is currently supporting a number of pro-sport coaches and their athletic departments and has previously consulted to numerous teams and conducted multiple ‘athletic dept.’ reviews at entities that include the Wallabies, NSW Waratahs, NRL Dragons et al. In addition to this, Dirk has over a decade of C-Level sport management experience at organisations that include NSWRL, Sydney FC, NRL Bulldogs, and NRL Dragons. Prior to this he worked for 5 years as a management consultant within the corporate strategy domain and commenced his career spending 6 years as an R&D Engineer in the FMCG industry for the Mars Corporation. He has served on previous sport board committees in the high performance area. Dirk has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Melbourne, an MBA from the AGSM, and is in the final stages of completing his PhD in system dynamics at UQ. Having openly disclosed his autism over the last 3 years, he is viewed as an inspiration within the disability community and has played a role in the Federal Govt development of their ‘National Disability Strategy’ and was first to speak to the media at the opening of the ongoing ‘Disability Royal Commission’. He is actively battling discrimination within Australian workplaces in particular the need for real diversity and inclusion within the sport industry.
 

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