We understand rural and regional communities.
Chief Executive Officer
CertIVTAE, DipDis, DipBus(Gov), AdvDipCounsPsych, AdvDipMgt, AdvDipComSecMgt, AdvDipHRM, BSocSc(SocWelf), GradDipComSecMgt, GradDipStratLed, GradDipMgt(Learn)
MAHRI, FAIOP, FICDA, CMgr FIML
Michelle Latailakepa joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia on 2 February 2015 and is the Chief Executive Officer for the organisation. Michelle leads Rural Lifestyle Options Australia with a diverse range of executive experience gained from 25 years of driving positive change within the Human Services sector and during this time has gained a strong reputation for professional and ethical performance. Michelle started her career as a volunteer support worker more than twenty-five years ago. Michelle then worked in a variety of strategic and leadership positions within small and large For-Purpose Organisations as well as the public sector. Michelle’s leadership played an important role in revitalising our services, and ensured Rural Lifestyle Options Australia not only successfully transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme but also thrived in this new competitive environment. Michelle oversees the People and Culture Division within the organisation and is responsible for implementing the company’s Strategic Plan. Michelle’s commitment, values and her lifelong passion has been and continues to be, creating inclusive communities where the unique skills, talents and attributes of people are valued, acknowledged and welcomed.
Executive Leader Business Development
DipMktg, AdvDipComSecMgt, BMultMedDes
AMICDA, AMAMI CPM
Nicholas Power joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in May 2015 and brings over 10 years experience to the Executive Leader Business Development role. Nicholas oversees the ‘Transformation and Customer Experience Division’ and is accountable for managing a high volume of marketing information through a range of different platforms. He is responsible for the ongoing transformation of the Rural Lifestyle Options Australia brand and all aspects pertaining to the customer experience across all of the organisation’s brand touchpoints. As Executive Leader Business Development, Nicholas plays a pivotal role in the ongoing growth of the organisation and provides support and leadership to the Business Development and Customer Experience Teams which are driven by a shared goal of achieving steady and sustainable growth across all of our services.
Executive Leader Finance
CertIVDis, DipSysMgmt, BCom
CPA, ACMA, CGMA
Steven Dsouza joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in July 2022 and is the Executive Leader of Finance for the organisation. As the Executive Leader of Finance, Steven is responsible for managing the financial affairs of the business and is responsible for overseeing the Payroll and Rostering functions at Rural Lifestyle Options Australia. Steven provides leadership and development support to Finance, Payroll, Plan Managers and Rostering staff. Steven’s role within the organization is critical in ensuring the organisation’s going concern is well maintained by ensuring robust cashflows and sound return on investment is achieved by ensuring organisational sustainability. Steven is also responsible for ensuring the organisation meets all its statutory financial obligations in a timely manner. Steven is well experienced in the Not-for-Profit sector including Disability, Home Care and Government and State Grant funding models and is also passion to work for the industry as it provides a sense of fulfilment. Outside of work, Steven enjoys sports such as Cricket, Hockey, Soccer and Tennis. He also enjoys watching television, cooking and going on long drives.
Executive Leader Support Services
CertIVTAE, CertIVComServ, DipMan, AdvDipComSecMgt
Robert Rees joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in April 2019 and is the Executive Leader Support Services for the organisation. As Executive Leader Support Services, Robert is responsible for the quality of services provided to NDIS, NIISQ and Aged Care Home Care participants supported through Rural Lifestyle Options Australia. Robert provides support and leadership to a team of Service Managers, Home Care Coordinator and the Team Leader Support Coordination. Robert’s role is integral in maintaining and expanding relationships, developing partnerships, ensuring quality services are delivered, responding to participant feedback and extending NDIS Supported Independent Living options and Aged Care Home Care services. Robert was part of the NDIS pilot program in Victoria in 2014 and brings over 25 years of experience working in the aged care and disability sectors. His favourite aspect about working for the organisation is "working with participants and their families to achieve their goals" stating that "there is no better feeling than seeing participants succeed in what they have set out to do".