Ensuring our sustainability into the future.

Our Board

Carole Caswell

BSocStud (UQ)


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. 

Ann Armstrong
Vice Chair


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 an adult who has an intellectual disability and mental illness. Ann is a proud ambassador for Rural Lifestyle Options Australia. Ann is a member of the Board’s Strategy and Risk Committee.

Chris Leck
Director / Company Secretary 

BA (Hons), MA (Applied Psych) 

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. Chris is a member of the Board’s Strategy and Risk Committee and the Board's Chief Executive Officer's Recruitment, Review and Remuneration Committee. 

Dirk Melton


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. Dirk is the Chair of the Board’s Strategy and Risk Committee.