We understand rural and regional communities.

Our Executives

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Michelle Latailakapa
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.

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Nicholas Power
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 ‘New Business, Communications and Innovation Division’ and is accountable for managing a high volume of marketing information through a range of different platforms. He is responsible for brand management; leading strategic marketing initiatives and identifying new business opportunities that deliver on our Strategic Plan. The division also oversees all internal and external communications across the organisation and is responsible for providing strategic advice to other leaders in order to create greater efficiencies and stronger cross-division synergies. As Executive Leader Business Development, Nicholas plays a pivotal role in the ongoing growth of the organisation and provides support and leadership to the Regional Business Development Officers for Queensland and New South Wales. 

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Robert Rees
Executive Leader Support Services

CertIVTAE, CertIVComServ, DipMan, AdvDipComSecMgt

AMICDA, FIML

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".