Our Executives

Michelle Latailakapa
Chief Executive Officer

DipDis, DipBus(Gov), AdvDipMgt, AdvDipComSecMgt, BSocSc(SocWelf), GradDipComSecMgt, GradDipStratLed, GradDipMgt(Learn)

Michelle Latailakepa 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.

David Gordon
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. 

Kirily Isherwood
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.