Tina Leslie

Business Manager
Tina Leslie
Tina is the Manager of the Ferntree Gully Branch. She began working for the Bank in 2000 in a part-time capacity. Since then she has progressed to Branch manager and is a well known personality in Ferntree Gully village. Tina is married with two children. Her hobby is motorbike riding and she is learning to play golf.

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Ferntree Gully Branch Staff

Mick Spruhan

Branch Manager
Mick Spruhan
Mick has worked in the banking industry for the past 35 years, the last 12 years within the Bendigo Community Bank® as Branch manager at two Community Bank®s. He has a Diploma of Management, Diploma of Retail Management and a Graduate Certificate of Management.

The Community Bank® model is about developing and nourishing relationships along the lines of old-style banking. Mick believes customer relationships are a priority and this reflects in customer loyalty. He likes being able to go through a customer’s financial needs, especially home loans and provide suggestions that benefit the customer.

Since 1962 he has lived, and currently lives in the hills area including seven years in Knoxfield. He is a keen supporter of basketball and conducts basketball clinics for children with disabilities on a monthly basis and until recently was involved in foster care. He is a Carlton Football Club member and follows Perth Wildcats and Boston Celtics.

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Michelle Cadusch

Customer Relationship Manager
Michelle Cadusch
Married with 2 teenage children and a dog.
Been living in the Knox Community for 34 years
Actively involved with Calisthenics for the past 25 years along with daughter.
Love watching Son play local footy
Been in banking for about 15 years in total, Bendigo Community Bank®ing 3 ½ years

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Tina Doran

Customer Relationship Officer
Tina Doran
Tina is a Customer Relationship Officer. She has lived locally for the past 16 years. She has been in the banking industry for nine years and loves the customer contact and community feel of working for the Community Bank®. Her interests are reading, going to the movies and watching her children play basketball. This watching and ferrying about takes up a large part of her time!

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Debra Scheepers

Customer Service Officer
Debra Scheepers
Debra lives in Ferntree Gully and has for the past eight years with her partner and cat. She loves dancing, gardening, golf and catching up with friends. Deb has worked in banking for three years after careers in administrative roles and the hospitality industry. Deb has a bright personality, loves to sing and loves a chat.

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Rebecca Sellars

Customer Service Officer
Rebecca Sellars
Rebecca is a Customer Service Officer. She has lived in the Knox area for 19 years with her husband, 3 daughters and her dog!
She has recently returned to the banking industry after owning her own business for a number of years.
Her interests include reading and a love of travelling (especially Paris!)

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Rochelle Wald

Customer Service Officer
Rochelle Wald
Rochelle started working at the Ferntree Gully Community Bank® in August 2013 having previously worked at the Aspendale Gardens Community Bank® for 12 months.
She loves going to the footy and is an avid Saints supporter who loves going to the interstate games, especially when they are played on the Gold Coast and in Sydney.
She loves to travel and has been overseas a few times. In a couple of years she hopes to go to Memphis with her partner.
She lives locally and is now enjoying the extra sleep in and short trip to and from work.

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Anna Passerelli

Customer Service Officer
Anna Passerelli
Anna has joined the Community Bank® coming with 16 years experience in the banking sector at one of the big four and 10 years in finance in the hospitality sector. She is an avid scrap booker and the Number 1 sports fan and major sponsor for both her daughters who are both softball state players. The girls also have black belts in karate.

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Patrick Cavanagh

Business Development Manager
Patrick Cavanagh
Recently appointed to the position of Business Development Manager

Patrick brings to the role a wealth of banking and finance knowledge with over 30 years’ experience in the industry which has included both senior and executive management positions in retail, business banking and community engagement

A committed advocate for individual and community well-being Patrick is available to discuss all of your banking requirements

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Rowville Branch

Julianne Fagan

Customer Relationship Officer
Julianne Fagan
Julianne has joined our staff at Rowville recently. Her position is Customer Relationship Officer. She comes to us with 13 years’ experience in the Community Bank® model and worked previously in the banking industry for 19 years. She brings a wealth of experience with her.

She enjoys customer contact and believes that Community Bank®s provide opportunities to be involved in the local area.

She enjoys reading, travelling and is an avid fan of AFL and supports St Kilda.

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Tracey Samios

Customer Relationship Officer
Tracey Samios
Tracey joined the Rowville Community Branch when it opened in August 2004. Her present role is Customer Relationship Officer. She takes pride in being a member of our local Community Branch where she enjoys welcoming new and present customers. She lives locally with her husband and three girls. She enjoys having breaks with her family on the Mornington Peninsula and down near the 90 Mile Beach area. Each of her girls is a keen player & member of the Rowville Netball Club where they enjoy seeing many familiar faces from the local Bendigo Community. If you need help with opening an account please feel free to drop in and see her.

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Sally Walker

Customer Service Officer
Sally Walker
Sally is a married mother of three nearly grown children and her hobbies are reading, knitting, doing crossword puzzles and cross stitches and embroidery. Her family has been involved with the Rowville Football club for many years with both her husband and son play for them. She has worked with the Bendigo Community Bank® since our Rowville Branch opened and was previously working at various other jobs prior to this. Before children she worked at another financial institution.

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Anthony Stokes

Customer Service Officer
Anthony Stokes
Anthony has been with Bendigo Community Bank® for over two years. This is his first banking job and he has found it rather enlightening. He came to banking after spending around 12 years working with Telstra, so the time came where he needed a change. He's a mechanic by trade; his first job out of school was training to be a marine technician in the Navy. He enjoys many outdoor leisure activities such as fishing, camping, and is a keen 4WDer. He looks forward to seeing you at the Branch.

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Jodi Kennedy-Borg

Customer Relationship Manager
Jodi Kennedy-Borg
Jodi has worked at the Community Bank® for a number of years and prior to going on her first period of maternity leave was a Customer Relationship Manager. Jodi has returned after having twin girls, who are now pre schoolers, and now has returned after a second period of maternity leave and has another young daughter and is working part time as a Customer Relationship Officer and enjoys the contact she has with customers. Her interests outside of the workplace are golf, reading and playing with her children.

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Jenny Paganias

Customer Services Officer
Jenny Paganias
Jenny joined the Community Bank® recently after many years at one of the big four banks.

She’s a mum of two adult children and has lived in the Knox area for the past 20 years.

She likes the way the Community Bank® supports the local community by giving back a share of its profits to local groups.

Jenny supports Collingwood and enjoys walking and family get togethers.

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Our Board

Jeff Somers

Chairperson
Jeff Somers
Jeff lives in Rowville and is married with two adult children and is passionate about the local community. He is actively involved in the community through the Rotary Club of Rowville-Lysterfield and Rowville Secondary College School Council. He is also a past president of Waverley Golf Club
Jeff has been a teacher, school principal, trainer, project manager and currently teaches business studies at tertiary level. He studied at Monash University gaining Bachelor degrees in Arts and Education as well as a Masters Degree in Educational Studies. Jeff holds Diploma qualifications in Education, Business and Religious Education and is a certified trainer having completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
He is a life member of the Australian College of Educators as well as being a member of the Australian Institute of Management and the Institute of Learning Professionals.
Jeff’s interests are golf, swimming, walking, reading and carpentry.

Richard Kent

Vice Chairman
Richard Kent
Richard Kent

Richard Kent is a partner and director of Mackinnon Jacobs Lawyers located in Boronia & Rowville

He has been practicing law since 2001 and a partner the law firm since 2006.

Richard has considerable experience in matters involving finance, the preparation and enforcement of mortgages and securities, including enforcement and recovery of land and matters concerning consumer legislation regulating the provision of credit.
He has advised and acted for Managed Investment Schemes, regulated and unregulated lenders and, on the other side of financial transactions, for borrowers and guarantors.

Etienne Claw

Marketing Director
Etienne Claw
Etienne has served as a director of Fern Tree Gully & Rowville Financial Services since 2004. Married with two children, Etienne has lived in Rowville since 1988, is the National Sales Manager for an automation company and holds strong community interests with numerous local service clubs.

John Surridge

Executive Director
John Surridge
John has lived in Ferntree Gully for 30 years and has 40 years experience in all facets of banking. He has also had experience in a medium size business which gives him a greater understanding of the needs of business customers. Having worked in the industry for so many years John believes the Community Bank®® concept is second to none; by keeping your capital locally, the bank is able to invest in Ferntree Gully and Rowville through sponsorship and grants programs. No other financial institution does this. His interests are golf and football and community groups that the bank helps out.

Darren Pearce

Finance Director
Darren Pearce
Darren lives in Rowville with his wife Susan and children Courtney and Simon. He has served as a board member since 2005, first as Director of Marketing, and currently as Director of Finance & Administration. Since 2003 he has run his own consultancy firm, providing training, mentoring, and business advisory and services to small to medium business enterprises. Prior to starting his own business, Darren spent 15 years working for several 'blue chip' corporations in retail management, sales account management, and business banking. Darren holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from Monash University, Accounting Qualifications from University of Technology of Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He is the Councillor for Taylor Ward on the Knox City Council, where he chairs the Economic Development Committee, and services on the Audit Committee and has served a term as Mayor of Knox.

Des Higginbotham

Director
Des Higginbotham
Des Higginbotham's first career was as a secondary school teacher. Since 1987 he has been a newsagency proprietor, first in Upper Gully and since 1991 in Ferntree Gully Village. He is currently President of the Lower Gully Traders Association Inc.

Tony Holland

Director
Tony Holland
Tony Holland joined the board over two years ago and brings to it a wealth of business experience. He has assisted many charities over the years including Bonnie Babes Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis and the Small Miracles Foundation. Tony lives locally with his partner Wendy and their five children. He loves to serve and help the community.

Phil Reibelt

Director
Phil Reibelt
Phillip has lived in the local community since 1999. He joined the board in 2007 and works for a global services company as Workforce Manager. Phillip has a qualification in Disaster Management and experience in risk management, process mapping and workforce optimisation.

Kate Harris

HR Director
Kate Harris
Kate has lived in the Knox area for the past 25 years , I am married with 2 teenage children.

Her career in the Private Sector has been in the areas of Finance and Human resources. primarily in manufacturing

She is currently the Project Manager Economic Development- at Knox City Council.

Kate has been actively involved in community based volunteer positions, some of which include , Secretary for St Simons Junior Football club,Team Manager St Simons Junior Football club,Vice President Park Ridge Pre School and,,President Park Ridge Pre School