Chief Executive Officer
CertIVTAE, DipDis, DipGov, AdvDipCounsPsych, AdvDipMgt, AdvDipComSecMgt, BSocSc(SocWelf), GradDipComSecMgt, GradDipStratLed, GradDipMgt(Learn)
MAHRI, FAIOP, FICDA, CMgr FIML
Michelle Latailakepa joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in 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. Michelle’s leadership played an important role in revitalizing 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’s commitment, values and her lifelong passion has been and continues to be, creating inclusive communities where the unique skills, talents and attributes of all people are valued, acknowledged and welcomed.
Chief Operating Officer
David Gordon joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in April 2015 and is the Chief Operating Officer for the organisation. David came to the role having held executive positions within the banking and finance industries. He has managed numerous business units that required active management of their accounting, taxation and financing needs. He has led several teams in this process with a hands-on approach to achieving a high standard of compliance and customer service. He has volunteered in helping a number of foundations and charities in better managing their finances to achieve improved outcomes for their clients. Prior to joining Rural Lifestyle Options Australia, David was a Director of two Subsidiaries of an Australian Licenced Deposit Taker.
Chief Financial Officer
BAgSci, GradDipAgStud, GradDipPsych, MProfAcct
Kirily Isherwood joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in June 2014 and is the Chief Financial Officer for the organisation. Kirily is a qualified Viticulturist and before joining the organisation was the General Manager of an established Wine Operation in South Australia. Although Kirily has a passion for a good wine, she wanted her work to be more fulfilling so she chose to retrain in the field of accounting, to support community organisations to better manage their finances. Kirily relocated to Queensland in 2011 and has been volunteering in the community ever since. Since joining the organisation, Kirily has played a key role in developing the organisations unit costings and preparations for the transition to NDIS. Kirily is also the President of Tamborine Pony Club.
Executive Leader Brand and Innovation
AMICDA, AMAMI CPM
Nicholas Power joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in May 2015 and is the Executive Leader Brand and Innovation for the organisation. Nicholas has played a key role in establishing an online presence for the organisation as well as a suite of promotional materials to be used for both networking and events. As Executive Leader Brand and Innovation, Nicholas is responsible for maintaining the brand integrity of the organisation and developing strategic marketing initiatives across the organisation. This role primarily works with the Chief Operating Officer to identify new business opportunities that deliver on our Social Impact Plan and is accountable for delivering these opportunities in a seamless fashion whilst providing innovative solutions to assist other divisions.
Executive Leader People and Culture
CertIVHR, DipMgt, DipProjMgt
Fiona Gazzard joined Rural Lifestyle Options Australia in February 2019 and is the Executive Leader People and Culture for the organisation. Her belief that people are an organisations greatest asset drew her to Human Resources over 15 years ago, and she is available to provide advice and support for all members of the organisation during their employment journey with us. Previously, Fiona worked on Christmas Island as the Human Resources & Employee Relations Coordinator for the Indian Ocean Territories Administration, and most recently worked in the People & Culture Division of the National Disability Insurance Agency. As Executive Leader People and Culture, Fiona acts as an internal consultancy provider in relation to key areas including Recruitment and Selection, Induction and Probation, Wellbeing and Employee Assistance, Industrial Relations, Performance Management and Employee Lifecycle Management.
Executive Leader Support Services
CertIVTAE, CertIVComServ, DipMan
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 participants supported through Rural Lifestyle Options Australia and the provision of NIISQ services. Robert provides support and leadership to the Service Managers and NDIS Intake and Support Officers. This role is integral in maintaining and expanding relationships, developing partnerships, ensuring quality services are delivered, responding to participant feedback and extending NDIS and Supported Independent Living options. Robert brings many years of experience to this role and 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".