Our People

Our Staff

Branch Manager:
Greg Hood

Customer Relationship Manager:
Sharra

Customer Relationship Officers:
Melinda
Glenys

Customer Service Officers:
Joanna
Tracey

Our Board

Chair:

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Heather Goddard
Heather has again joined the Board of Directors in February 2013‚ after taking a year off to spend time travelling with her husband‚ Murray. Having been part of the Board from 2009 until early 2012‚ Heather values the opportunity to be involved in the Balnarring & District Community Bank® branch beyond being a shareholder and a customer. Heather and her husband Murray have lived in Balnarring since 1991 and she became involved at Balnarring Primary School in 1994‚ the year their daughter Kate was in Prep. Son Tim started school in 1993 and Heather was soon part of the teaching staff. She was the school's Literacy Co-ordinator for many years and was also a member of the committee which established the Balbirooroo Community Wetlands/Woodlands. Heather retired in 2011‚ with the last two years as the school's Sustainability Co-ordinator‚ allowing to combine two areas which have been enduring passions (after her family) – education and the environment. Balnarring is a very special place and Heather values this opportunity to further contribute to creating an even stronger and more sustainable community through our Community Bank® branch. Community networking is an important part of Heather's life and she believes that the strong organisational and leadership skills she developed over many years as a teacher will be invaluable in her role as Chair.

Directors:

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Mark Laughton
Mark is a 46-year-old member of the local Balnarring community.  He has lived in the area with his wife Fiona for over 20 years and appreciates what the village style community offers his family, which includes a 16-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.
Mark joined Burdon-Smith and Associates in October 2011 after nearly 23 years with Victoria Police, specialising in covert policing.
He completed a Bachelor of Laws at Deakin University, part-time over six years, mixing family, work and study to graduate with Honours in April 2011.Mark then completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in July 2011 at Leo Cussen Centre for Law in Melbourne. On the 24thof August 2011 Mark was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a member of the legal profession and is now also on the Register of Practitioners at the High Court of Australia.  Mark is an enthusiastic supporter of the Balnarring Junior Football Club, serving as a committee member for the past 4 years. He enjoys being a part of the local community and is excited to join the board of the Balnarring and District Community Bank® Branch.

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Chantelle Waterson
Chantelle and her husband moved to the Mornington Peninsula five years ago and she started working as the Finance Manager for Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove. Chantelle strongly believes in the Community Bank® model and when approached to join the Balnarring & District board she saw this as a fantastic opportunity to become more involved in the local community and to start making a small positive difference. Chantelle graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree then took off travelling for a few years before joining Powercor & CitiPower Ltd as a Business Analyst. During her time at Powercor she was a part of the team involved in the merger and acquisition of their telecommunications business, finished a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Deakin University and is now a fully qualified Certified Practicing Accountant. Chantelle lives in Rye with her husband Ryan a local builder, her young daughter and two crazy toy poodles.

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Andrew Thomas
Andrew is the latest addition to the board, being appointed as a director in October 2013. Although Andrew has been a resident of Balnarring since 2001 he discovered the district many years before, identifying it as a future place to live and raise a family. When opportunity knocked, Andrew retired after 22 years with the Royal Australian Navy and took up position with a defence service provider to Navy technical training. This allowed him to (finally) make that move and settle the family in one place. Andrew remains an active member of the Navy Reserve so you may see him around in uniform from time to time. Andrew is married to Ann, with 3 grown children, 2 of whom are at university and the third to commence next year – exam outcome dependant! Whilst Andrew maintains a general fitness his sporting interests are mostly water based - surfing, kite surfing, and swimming. He is a collector of surf paraphernalia, vintage stereo equipment, and LP's. Andrew is a member of the Balnarring Village Common community group where he is Treasurer and is active on several of their sub-committees - reflecting his desire to be actively involved in the local community. Andrew was previously a member of the Dromana Secondary College School Council for several years, where he held the position of Treasurer. Andrew welcomes the opportunity to serve on the board of Balnarring & District Community Services Limited as this meets with his community orientated goals.

Chris Gurney
Chris Gurney
We are pleased to welcome Chris Gurney as the latest recruit to our Board of Directors. Chris has many of the attributes we have identified to further build the strength of the Board and grow our community business. Chris has recently moved to part time work after a career in Marketing and General Management in Australia, NZ, Canada and the UK. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Bakers Delight Holdings and Senior Associate with XPotential ANZ Consulting. Chris has a Batchelor of Economics Degree and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Back in 1967 Chris's parents built a holiday home at Somers and he started a long association with and love for, the area. Chris and his wife have a house in Somers which they are currently renovating with the intention of spending at least half the week down here. Currently Chris is Vice-Commodore of the Somers Yacht Club and Secretary/Treasurer of Yachting Westernport. He can be found on the mountain bike trails of the area on a Sunday morning with other members of the Over The Hill group of riders.

Ron Kempster
Ron Kempster
Ron was appointed in March 2017 and is the latest addition to the board. In 2003, Ron and his wife Denise retired and moved permanently to Somers from Melbourne. Since then they have both actively held positions in a wide range of local community groups, both local and across the Mornington Peninsula. Ron completed his tertiary studies in the UK and holds qualifications in Engineering and Industrial Engineering. In Melbourne he added a Graduate Diploma of Management Systems from Swinburne.
Since moving to Melbourne in 1971 Ron has held Business Consultant and IT management positions with a major Australian airline, a Quality Manager position with a national computer group and was Operations Support Manager with a long established financial services company. With involvement in several local community groups, some as treasurer, Ron enjoys making a contribution. He still manages to find time for a mediocre round of golf and enjoying some fresh air on the bay as a member of the Somers Yacht Club sea rescue.

Board member - Stuart
Stuart Whiteley
Stuart is a successful business executive with extensive, commercial, strategic and program management expertise across a range of international companies. His work and experience has taken him around the world. He has a proven track record in the delivery of large and complex high technology programs reflecting his energetic and innovative management style. Stuart is an enthusiastic and committed member of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Project Management. At home, he is a keen photographer, bush walker and enjoys camping with his family. Although relatively new to Somers and Balnarring, Stuart and his wife, Sarah, have quickly grown to love the beauty and tranquillity of the area and is excited to have the opportunity to bring his experience and knowledge to make a difference in the local community, working on the board of the Balnarring and District Community Bank® branch.

Board member - Pam
Pam Ford
Pam Ford has been active in the wider community of Western Port for the past twenty-two years. Pam lives in Shoreham and had an extensive career in local government on the Mornington  Peninsula and the growth corridors of Melbourne.  More recently, Pam was the Manager of Hastings Neighbourhood Renewal, a State government community development program. Pam was on the original committee to establish the Western Port Community Bank® branch, Hastings and remained involved for ten years. Now not working full time, Pam is involved with Wallaroo Primary School Council, Crib Point Cemetery Trust and Mornington Obedience Dog Club (with her Border Collie, Gracie). She believes that she can bring her wide experience and community networks to the role as Director with Balnarring & District Community Services Limited, following her appointment in May 2017. Pam has a background and qualifications in Social Sciences and Management and sees the Community Bank® structure as a unique opportunity to provide leadership , support and encouragement for community groups and individuals who want to make a difference in their community.

Board member - Kym
Kym Bridgford
Kym recently joined the Board after forty-one one years in state education, serving as Principal at Koo Wee Rup Secondary College for seven years and retiring one year ago. He is now working in the local community and is a volunteer with Western Port Tourism.
Kym previously worked at Western Port Secondary College as well as many local primary schools in various roles over twenty years. He has lived in the area for thirty-four years and has a wife and three children, all of whom have grown up here.
Kym’s local knowledge, community connections and vast experience working with young people will be of great benefit to the Board and the wonderful work it does.


Michael Treadwell
Michael grew up in Red Hill South and joined the Board of Directors of the Balnarring and District Community Bank® branch in January 2019. He is a Vice President of Point Leo Surf Lifesaving Club and has been an active patroller for the past 17 years.  
Michael holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (2009) and a Masters of Urban Planning (2013), and is presently working towards becoming a Registered Planner with the Planning Institute of Australia. Michael currently works in the infrastructure planning field, having previously spent time working as an urban planner in the residential and commercial fields. He enjoys being a part of the local community and, together with his twin brother Luke, was the recipient of a Bravery Award from the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council at the 2019 Australia Day Awards Ceremony.