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Meet our leadership team

Our leadership team

Alexandra Gartmann
Alexandra Gartmann
CEO Rural Bank & Group Executive Partnerships, Marketing & Corporate Affairs

Alexandra joined Bendigo Bank in October 2015 as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Rural Bank. Alexandra is also responsible for the Group’s Partner Engagement, Marketing, Corporate Affairs and Climate Risk.

Before joining the Bank, Alexandra was CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). FRRR is a charitable foundation which supports the economic prosperity of rural, regional, and remote communities across Australia. Before this, she held the position of CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group for 10 years. The Birchip Cropping Group is a not-for-profit agricultural research organisation based in the Mallee Wimmera region.

Alexandra was previously a member of:

  • the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership,
  • the Board of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria and
  • Chair of the CSIRO Agriculture Advisory Council.

She continues to be a champion for rural and regional Australia.

Hannah Janson
Hannah Janson
Head of Strategy and Transformation

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. She has 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.

Simon Dunden
Simon Dundon
General Manager Sales, Partnerships and Marketing

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. At Elders, Simon 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.

Malcolm Renney
Malcolm Renney
General Manager Credit Risk

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.

Stephen Brown
Stephen Brown

Head of Government Services

Stephen joined Rural Bank in July 2016 in the role of General Manager Risk. He currently oversees our Government Services and operations team. The Gevernment Services team deliver various programs on behalf of both the Commonwealth and Victorian State Governments.
Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and has held senior executive positions in the banking and finance industry with organisaitons that include:
  • KPMG,
  • ANZ Investments
  • RSD Chartered Accountants and
  • Rural Finance Corporation.
Claire Nicholas
Claire Nicholas
Corporate Communications Manager
Claire Nicholas has more than 20 years’ experience in telling stories. Stories told through public relations, and internal and customer communications. Claire joined Rural Bank in 2012, bringing a broad range of experience working in:
  • national issues management,
  • government and
  • media relations consultancy.
Claire uses her passion for writing to bring the Bank’s vision to life and to connect internal stakeholders with the organisation’s strategy.
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