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Lara District Community Enterprise Ltd.  ABN 67 134 347 087

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Damien Foster - Lara District Community Bank

Damien Foster

Branch Manager

Damien is the inaugural Branch Manager, having commenced in June 2009.

He has over 20 years Management and Financial Sector experience.  Extensive knowledge of   Equipment Finance and Retail Banking.  

Damien enjoys Long  Distance Running and spending time with his family, which includes watching his two boys play Football, Cricket and Soccer.

Damien Foster - Lara District Community Bank

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.

Damien Foster - Lara District Community Bank
Becky Plumridge - Lara District Community Bank

Beckie Plumridge

Customer Relationship Officer

 

Beckie joined Bendigo Bank in 2016, the involvement in the Community is what triggered her interest in applying for her first role.

Beckie became a part of the Lara Community Bank Team at the end of 2018 as a Customer Relationship Officer.

Outside of her career she enjoys spending time with her Family and Friends.

Dianne - Lara District Community Bank

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.

       

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.

       

Dianne - Lara District Community Bank
Kyna Woodford - Lara District Community Bank

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. 

Jesse Church - Lara District Community Bank

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.

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.

Jesse Church - Lara District Community Bank
Andrew Hilliard - Lara District Community Bank

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.

Libby Bate - Lara District Community Bank

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.

Libby Bate - Lara District Community Bank
Ann Butcher - Lara District Community Bank

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.

Belinda Jacometti - Lara District Community Bank

Belinda Jacometti

Administrative Services Officer

Belinda is the administration support officer for the LDCE board and has held this role since 2014, Belinda provides support to the directors of the board.  As a long term resident of Lara she is involved with many community groups and has served on the Flinders Kindergarten Board as well as the Lara Junior Football Club Committee.

Belinda Jacometti

Administrative Services Officer

Belinda is the administration support officer for the LDCE board and has held this role since 2014, Belinda provides support to the directors of the board.  As a long term resident of Lara she is involved with many community groups and has served on the Flinders Kindergarten Board as well as the Lara Junior Football Club Committee.

Belinda Jacometti - Lara District Community Bank
Charles Saliba - Lara District Community Bank

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.

Jürgen Strauss - Lara District Community Bank

Jürgen Strauss

Director

Jürgen is the founder of Innovabiz, specializing in digital marketing, website development and lead generation strategies. 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 digital marketing, website development and lead generation strategies. 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 - Lara District Community Bank
Natalie Candy - Lara District Community Bank

Natalie Candy

Director

With over 10 years experience as a senior business analyst in the Superannuation Industry, Natalie took a corporate career break in 2013 after having her second child. She is now a small business owner, was previously the President of the Lara Chamber of Commerce and is a long term Lara local.  Natalie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University.

Graeme Duff - Lara District Community Bank

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.

Graeme Duff - Lara District Community Bank
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