Mick Spruhan

Branch Manager
Mick Spruhan
Mick has worked in the banking industry for several years. 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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Tina Leslie

Business Manager
Tina Leslie
Tina is the Business Manager of Knox Community Financial Services Limited. She began working for the Bank in 2000 in a part-time capacity. Since then she has progressed to Branch Manager and now Business 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

Brooke Rees

Senior Customer Relations Manager
Brooke Rees
Brooke has worked within the financial services industry for over 7 years. She was previously employed by Commonwealth Bank where she worked in a variety of roles in customer service and lending.
She started with as a Senior Customer Relationship Manager at Ferntree Gully Branch. Brooke has a passion for customer service and helping her customers achieve their goals.
Brooke enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling and playing mixed netball.

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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

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Debra Scheepers

Customer Service Officer
Debra Scheepers
Debra lives in Ferntree Gully and has for several years with her partner and cat. She loves dancing, gardening, golf and catching up with friends. Deb has worked in banking for several 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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Rochelle Wald

Customer Service Officer
Rochelle Wald
Rochelle started working at the Ferntree Gully Community Bank® in August 2013. 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 many years’ experience in the Community Bank®s. 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 Knox Community Bank® Group for several 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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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 over 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

Etienne Claw

Chairman
Etienne Claw
Etienne has served as a director of Fern Tree Gully & Rowville Financial Services since 2004. Married with two children notably his daughter a pure talent beyond her years with a future so bright you better grab a pair of sunglasses, 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

Company Secretary
John Surridge
John lived in Ferntree Gully for over 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.

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.

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.

Tony Holland

Director
Tony Holland
Tony Holland joined the board several 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 and he loves to serve and help the community.

Richard Best

Director
Richard Best
I am a long time resident of Ferntree Gully, now semi retired i have been a solicitor for 27 years specialising in contract and property law as well as commercial leasing. Before entering law I has a secondary school teacher for ten years. i am married with 2 adult children I am also a camping enthusiast and loves traveling locally and overseas