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Galen Munari

Branch Manager

Galen started with Bendigo Bank in 2013, commencing with Lara District Community Bank branch in March 2020.

He commenced as a Customer Service Officer and has worked across branches in Bendigo, Melbourne, and Castlemaine; where he was most recently Branch Manager.

Galen specialises in business lending and equipment finance, with passions in local community engagement and home loan lending.

Galen holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Economics) through Deakin University and is a passionate AFL supporter and local footballer.

 

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Michelle Duncan

Lending Manager

Michelle started with Bendigo Bank In 2006, she then joined the Lara District Community Bank ® Branch in June 2009.  

Michelle commenced as a Customer Service Officer then moving into her current role as Customer Relationship Manager in 2011.

Michelle is a long time Lara Resident and her children are actively involved in local Lara Sporting Groups.

Michelle Duncan

Lending Manager

Michelle started with Bendigo Bank In 2006, she then joined the Lara District Community Bank ® Branch in June 2009.  

Michelle commenced as a Customer Service Officer then moving into her current role as Customer Relationship Manager in 2011.

Michelle is a long time Lara Resident and her children are actively involved in local Lara Sporting Groups.

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Dianne Van Doren

Customer Service Supervisor

Dianne commenced her employment with the Lara District Community Bank ® Branch in June 2009.  

Prior to working with the bank, Dianne had over 10 years of Retail experience.  

Dianne is also a long-term Lara Resident and is actively involved within the local community.  Dianne is a Committee member of the Lara Netball Club and her children are both involved within Lara Sporting Groups.

       

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Kyna Woodford

Customer Service Officer

Kyna has been a team member since April 2016. She comes to us with an extensive customer service background including working in the Lara Community.

Kyna is hard working and always smiling. She is passionate about customer service and providing information.

Kyna is a resident of Lara and loves her community. 

Kyna Woodford

Customer Service Officer

Kyna has been a team member since April 2016. She comes to us with an extensive customer service background including working in the Lara Community.

Kyna is hard working and always smiling. She is passionate about customer service and providing information.

Kyna is a resident of Lara and loves her community. 

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Jesse Church

Customer Service Officer

Jesse joined the team in March 2016 as a Customer Service Officer.

He comes to us with a background in the banking/finance sector. Jesse has a passion for numbers and enjoys interacting with customers.

He has a strong connection to the community as he grew up in Little River and is proud to call Lara his home.

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Daina Howard

Customer Service Officer

Daina became a part of the Lara Community Bank Team in February 2020 as a Customer Service Officer.

She first commenced employment with the bank in June 2019 at her local branch in Mirboo North where she completed a 12 month traineeship – gaining a Certificate III in Financial Services.

Daina moved to the Geelong region to study Criminology and Law at Deakin University. She also enjoys travelling and spending time at the beach.

 

Daina Howard

Customer Service Officer

Daina became a part of the Lara Community Bank Team in February 2020 as a Customer Service Officer.

She first commenced employment with the bank in June 2019 at her local branch in Mirboo North where she completed a 12 month traineeship – gaining a Certificate III in Financial Services.

Daina moved to the Geelong region to study Criminology and Law at Deakin University. She also enjoys travelling and spending time at the beach.

 

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Dylan Lyall

Customer Service Officer

Dylan joined the Bendigo Lara District Community Bank in March 2020.

Originally from Tasmania, he moved to Melbourne at the end of 2014. He and his partner, Chloe, love food, wine, beer, walking and sport.  He is looking forward to immersing himself into the community and really excited to see some local footy.

Board Members

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Andrew Hilliard

Chairperson

Andrew has an extensive background in Human Resources across a range of industries including automotive and dairy manufacturing. Since retiring from full time employment as a Human Resource Consultant in 2015, he has completed a number of short term consultancies with a range of companies in the dairy, security, automotive and petro chemical industries. He has previously operated a family owned small business. Andrew holds a Bachelors Degree in Training and Development.

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Libby Bate

Deputy Chairperson

After her 37 years of service as a primary school teacher, Elizabeth (Libby) retired in 2002 at the assistant principal level. She has been member of numerous groups in Lara including the Lara CFA and a Life member of the Lara Chamber of Commerce & Industry where Libby served as president for many years. Libby is the current president of the Cancer After Care Group Geelong.

Libby Bate

Deputy Chairperson

After her 37 years of service as a primary school teacher, Elizabeth (Libby) retired in 2002 at the assistant principal level. She has been member of numerous groups in Lara including the Lara CFA and a Life member of the Lara Chamber of Commerce & Industry where Libby served as president for many years. Libby is the current president of the Cancer After Care Group Geelong.

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Ann Butcher

Secretary

Ann has attained a Masters in Health Management and is the Executive General Manager at genU for Aged and Community Care. Ann currently sits on the Victorian Advisory Committee for Aged Care for Leading Aged Services Australia and is standing to be Vice President of GSODA Inc. Ann has a keen interest in Governance and risk management.

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Sheyne Berry

Administrative Support Officer

Sheyne is the Administration Support Officer for the LDCE Board to provide support to the Directors. Sheyne is a long term resident of Lara and has been involved with many Community Groups and served on committees for the Lara Lake Community Pre-School and the Lara Junior Football Club Committee.

Sheyne Berry

Administrative Support Officer

Sheyne is the Administration Support Officer for the LDCE Board to provide support to the Directors. Sheyne is a long term resident of Lara and has been involved with many Community Groups and served on committees for the Lara Lake Community Pre-School and the Lara Junior Football Club Committee.

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Charles Saliba

Director

Charles is a retired business owner. His past experience was in banking, finance and taxation. He has operated his own business for 10 years and currently operates a part time taxation business from home. He is the Accountant for two church parishes. He has worked in the banking industry for 16 years and Taxation for 35 years. He is a registered tax agent and holds a Diploma in Accounting.

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Jürgen Strauss

Director

Jürgen is the founder of Innovabiz, specializing in innovative marketing and podcasting. He is also the host of the InnovaBuzz podcast. Jürgen holds B.Sc. (Hons) and PhD in Chemistry. He got his marketing qualifications from the Wharton Business School and Melbourne Business School. Jürgen has 27 years corporate career in chemical R&D, marketing, business management and people management.

Jürgen Strauss

Director

Jürgen is the founder of Innovabiz, specializing in innovative marketing and podcasting. He is also the host of the InnovaBuzz podcast. Jürgen holds B.Sc. (Hons) and PhD in Chemistry. He got his marketing qualifications from the Wharton Business School and Melbourne Business School. Jürgen has 27 years corporate career in chemical R&D, marketing, business management and people management.

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Natalie Candy

Director

Natalie currently has about 15 years experience in the corporate superannuation industry working for a number of large funds including 3 years in the UK. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University. Natalie was also previously the President of the Lara Chamber of Commerce and is a long term Lara local. In her spare time, Natalie is a member of the Lara Runners group and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and has a passion for travelling.

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Graeme Duff

Director

Graeme has over 35 years’ experience in Banking, Financial Planning and Accounting. He is self-employed in the accounting industry and has run his own business for over 15 years. Graeme is community focused and has been involved with Give Where You Live for the past 3 years.

Graeme Duff

Director

Graeme has over 35 years’ experience in Banking, Financial Planning and Accounting. He is self-employed in the accounting industry and has run his own business for over 15 years. Graeme is community focused and has been involved with Give Where You Live for the past 3 years.

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