Our leadership team
Alexandra joined Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group in October 2015 as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Rural Bank, having been a member of the Board since November 2014. From July 2019, Alexandra is also responsible for the Group’s Partnerships, Marketing, Corporate Affairs and Climate Risk.
Before joining the Bank, Alexandra was CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), a charitable foundation based on a partnership between philanthropy, community, government and business supporting the economic prosperity of rural, regional and remote communities across Australia. Prior to this, Ms Gartmann held the position of CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group for 10 years — a not-for-profit agricultural research organisation based in the Mallee Wimmera region.
In addition to her role at the Bank, Alexandra is Chair of the Victorian Agriculture and Climate Change Council, a Trustee of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and Director of the Australian Farm Institute.
Alexandra was previously a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, the Board of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria and was Chair of the CSIRO Agriculture Advisory Council. She continues to be a champion for rural and regional Australia.
Will joined Rural Bank in September 2013, and has dual responsibilities as both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He grew up on his family’s wheat and sheep farm in the mid-north of South Australia.
Will was a 2017 Churchill Fellow, investigating alternative finance structures for Australian family farmers. He is a non-executive director of Australian Crop Forecasters, ProFarmer Australia, and is Chairman of the SA Dairy Industry Fund. Will is also a Director of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA). He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds an MBA from the University of Adelaide.
Malcolm joined Rural Bank in February 2015 as General Manager Credit and Lending bringing financial services experience spanning more than 26 years. Malcolm began his career at NAB, holding roles in relationship management and business development before joining Bendigo Bank in 2005.
Since joining the Bank, Malcolm has held senior roles within Portfolio Funding and Credit and Asset Management. As Head of Commercial Credit Risk at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Malcolm led a large team of geographically dispersed Credit Managers, successfully implemented many significant improvements to the policy framework and chaired a number of other committees and forums focused on loan portfolio due diligence and improvements to credit practice.
Simon has been part of the Rural Bank team since the bank’s inception. He grew up on a farm in the western districts of Victoria and his career in the agri-sector commenced in 1980 with Elders where he worked in various roles covering livestock, rural property and branch management.
Simon’s expertise across these areas provided him with a solid foundation for his lengthy career in agribusiness banking and financial services. As General Manager Sales, Partnerships and Marketing, Simon provides strategic leadership for the bank’s marketing and partnerships functions, as well as the organisation’s regionally-based sales team.
Hannah joined Rural Bank in September 2018 with the acquisition of the Profarmer and Australian Crop Forecasters businesses from NZX Ltd. Since joining the bank Hannah has led the Rural Bank Insights team, and played a key role in the development of Rural Bank’s strategy and business plan.
In August 2020 Hannah was appointed to the Head of Strategy and Transformation role with dual reporting to the executives for Agribusiness and Transformation. The purpose of this role is to connect the needs of the business to the enterprise transformation program. Prior to her role with Profarmer, Hannah was a graduate and agribusiness banker with Westpac in northern Victoria.
She is a director of Australian Crop Forecasters and Profarmer Australia, holds a Masters of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne and Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney.