Our Executives

Michelle Latailakapa
Chief Executive Officer
(on maternity leave, returning December 2019)

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

Michelle Latailakepa has been the Chief Executive Officer of Rural Lifestyle Options Australia since February 2015. Michelle came to the role having held senior and executive positions in government and non-government organisations across a broad range of aged care, child protection, youth and disability services. 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. 

David Gordon
Chief Operating Officer
(currently Interim Chief Executive 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.