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 Review and 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.