Our People

Our Staff

Branch Manager:
Jenny Rippon

Customer Relationship Officer:

Customer Service Officer:

Our Board

Gary McPike
Occupation: Executive Officer
Background Information: Gary has been a 'local' for over 30 years‚ firstly as a fire wood merchant and cartage contractor in the early 80's‚ this was followed by 16 years as the proprietor of the Sandy Feet Cafe. He has been the Executive Officer of the foreshore committee since 2002. Gary has also had a strong commitment to many facets of community life in Apollo Bay‚ being a founding member of the Apollo Bay Music Festival and President for 7 years until 2002‚ he has also been a president of the Rotary Club of Apollo Bay Otways and is currently President of the Apollo Bay Youth Club.

Company Secretary:
Trish Hokin
Occupation: Retired
Background Information: Trish has been with the Company since its inception and was also part of the original Steering Committee. She is a retired business proprietor with both legal and company secretarial experience and is involved in many aspects of Apollo Bay community.

Ian Richardson
Occupation: Retired
Background Information: Ian has worked as a Finance Controller and Administration Manager and a Freelance Financial Consultant. He was also Financial Director of an international company based in the UK for many years. Other roles include Company Secretary‚ Project Accountant and Administration Manager & IT Manager.


James Walters
Background Information: James has been involved in many of the community's organizations as a member of the school council and the youth club and brings an awareness of many local issues that impact on our community. James enjoys connecting with people in the area and the board welcomes his contribution to the Community Bank®.

Rob Hunt
Background Information: Rob was the architect of Bendigo Bank's Community Bank® model and as Managing Director and C.E.O. of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank 1990 – 2009 among his numerous directorships are: Community Bank® Strategic Advisory Board‚ Community Sector Enterprises Pty Ltd‚ Community Sector Banking Pty Ltd‚ Bendigo Community Telco‚ Community Telco Australia and Lead on Australia Limited. He is also Patron-in-Chief of Community Enterprise Foundation and Patron of St Luke's Anglicare.

Georgie Orchard

Leanne Carr

Merri Hagan
Occupation: Marketing Professional
Merri is a marketing, sales and PR professional, specialising in live entertainment. Prior to moving to Apollo Bay, she was Head of Marketing and PR with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra after returning home from the USA where she resided for five years working for Cirque du Soleil as the Marketing and PR Director for North America, in Las Vegas.
Merri is an active member of the community, participating in many voluntary activities, including previously being on the Committee of the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival and serving as part of the Apollo Bay Destination Leadership Group. She has a Bachelor of Communications from Monash University.

Helen Masters