Our Board

Carole Caswell
Chair

BSocStud (UQ)

MICDA, 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

MICDA 

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.

Emeritus Professor Ken Moores AM
Director

BBus, BEcon, MSocSc, PhD, DBus
MICDA, FCPA, FCA, FAICD 

Ken is a Director for the Board of Directors of Rural Lifestyle Options Australia and a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Ken’s extensive experience includes senior level leadership as company chairman, director, CEO and academic. This experience coupled with training in accounting, finance, economics and family business has developed skills that extend from corporate governance through to strategic planning to financial management. His business and governance experience includes both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and currently includes being a member of the boards of Australian Industry Trade College Pty. Ltd., (and chair of Governance and Remuneration Committee), FINH Pty. Ltd., (a professional services firm that he chairs), and is chair of the corporate governance advisory board of Queensland International Institute (Qii). Among his many previous appointments he served on the board (mostly as chair) of National Park Pty. Ltd., (O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat). 

Dr Deborah Wilmoth
Director

MA (Community-clinical psychology), PsyD (clinical psychology)
MICDA, FAPS, GAICD

Dr Deborah Wilmoth is a Director for the Board of Directors of Rural Lifestyle Options Australia and a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. Deborah is a registered psychologist in the area of endorsement for clinical and forensic psychology. Her thirty-plus year professional career has focussed on work in the mental health and health service areas. She has been recognised as a Fellow in the Australian Psychological Society and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Deborah has worked in a number of organisations including veterans’ hospital, women’s hospital, community mental health centres, the Western Australia (WA) State Forensic Service, WA Dept of Health and the university sector. She is currently a non-executive director for the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and also serves on the APS Ethics Committee. Deborah was the Assistant Head of the Dept of Psychological Medicine at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth WA.  She then became the Service Manager for the WA State Forensic Mental Health Service.  Deborah left that position to take on a senior advisor role in the WA Dept of Health as the Chief Health Professions Officer and is also in private practice.

Katrina Ryan
Director

BBus(HlthAdmin)
MICDA, 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.