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Ashley Coles

Branch Manager

After several years as Branch Manager for the Laverton Community Bank, Ash moved to the Seddon branch five and a half years ago.

I love working here because I get to help people achieve their dreams, whilst knowing that with every customer we help, we’re also helping the community.”

When not working, Ash enjoys participating in triathalons, gardening and spending time with his young family.

Ash welcomes customers to drop in to the branch to discuss their banking and lending needs and anything about cycling or triathlons, of course.


Esha Shrestha

Customer Relationship Manager

Esha is one of the original staff members who joined the branch when it opened 14 years ago. She attributes her longevity at the branch to her love of the community, her team and the customers.

On weekends, Esha enjoys spending time with her family and friends and has a reputation as an amazing cook of Nepalese momo.

In her role of Customer Relationship Manager, Esha prides herself as being a Financial Health doctor; she’s able to health check all aspects of a customer’s banking from insurance and super to lending and wealth needs and welcomes customers to make a time for an assessment.


Stuart Stirling

Mobile Relationship Manager

Stuart is the newest member to join the Community Bank Seddon team. He has spent nearly 15 years with Bendigo Bank including the last 11 as a Mobile Lender, really enjoy assisting people achieve their financial goals whether it be 1st home, family upsize or an investment property.

He’s looking forward to working with the Seddon team while also assisting the Board to have a positive impact in the local community.

Outside of work, Stuart enjoys family time, trying to improve a hideous golf swing and is a self-confessed Beatle nut.


Teena Brown

Customer Relationship Officer

Teena has worked at Seddon Community Bank since the day it first opened in 2009 and feels very fortunate to live, work and raise her family in the supportive, inner west community. She can even walk to work and simply says it’s just a great place to be. While her children are nearly grown, Teena now enjoys gardening and spending time with her new puppy, Harley.

In Teena’s role as a Customer Relationship Officer, she welcomes any banking queries but specialises in superannuation and wealth management.


Trish Roache

Senior Customer Service Officer

For the past seven years, Trish has enjoyed the role as Senior Customer Service Officer, a role that involves ensuring the branch is ready for customers, compliant, organised and running efficiently as well as assisting customers with their financial needs.

In her personal time, Trish enjoys playing hockey and spending time with her family, recently becoming a grandmother with a second grandchild not too far away!

Customers are welcome to drop in and see Trish at the branch to chat about their banking needs any time.


Dom Kovesy

Customer Relationship Officer

Dom joined the Bendigo Bank in Geelong in 2021 but since recently moving to Kingsville she has joined our team in Seddon as a Customer Relationship Officer.

Since her move, Dom is enjoying getting to know the local area and making new friends and she’s keen to get involved in our local community programs and projects and give back.

In her spare time, Dom enjoys puzzles and escape rooms, going on hikes and baking.


Julia Nguyen

Customer Relationship Officer

Julia recently joined Bendigo Bank as a Customer Relationship Officer, bringing with her 7 years of experience in the finance sphere. She’s excited to connect more with the locals and remember all the names and faces of our regular customers.

In her free time, Julia enjoys exploring different art exhibitions and exploring new cafes and coffee shops. She is eager to get involved in our local community programs and projects and make a positive impact on the community.


Angela Benedict

Customer Relationship Manager

Angela recently joined the Community Bank Seddon team as a Customer Relationship Manager after working as a lender for the past two years. Angela is keen to get to know all our customers and she is looking forward to helping them with their home ownership needs, whether it’s by doing a financial health check on their current holdings or helping people move into their first home.

In her spare time, Angela likes to wander off the beaten path and explore local shops and eateries. An avid theatre fan, there is nothing she likes better than supporting community arts programmes.

Andy Moutry-Read

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As CEO of IWCE, Andy brings a wide variety of experience to the organisation. As a past Chair of the IWCE Board, Andy has been key in developing the Inner West Community Bike Hub, Inner West Community Media, Community Pitch, MAD Youth and the development of a new financial literacy program in partnership with VU.

Andy has a background in accounting, recruitment, franchisor management, sales and as a small business owner in the local community is well connected with a passion to see the Inner West community continue to grow.


Deirdre O'Donnell

Executive Officer

Deirdre has been working in the role of Executive Officer at IWCE for the past 4 years. In her role, Deirdre manages all administrative support for the Chair and Board as well as shareholding arrangements for the low volume market and is bookkeeper for the IWCE accounts.

Originally from Ireland, Deirdre has been living in Yarraville for the last 17 years. She has 3 children who all take part in local sporting clubs and groups; Deirdre is very much involved in the local community.


Suzanne Saunders

Marketing & Community Engagement Manager

With a Bachelor of Education from Monash University, Suzanne has worked in various fields including education, hospitality and real estate with the common denominator being people, community and connection.

Her role in marketing and community engagement enables her to connect local community groups, sporting clubs and organisations with the board, branch team, stakeholders through the sponsorship and grants program, community campaigns and other programs, events and projects. Suzanne is also the President of the Seddon Village Traders Association.

Sarah Franklyn

Sarah Franklyn

Chairperson / Director

Occupation: Director of Sales and Marketing                                                                      Qualifications, experience and expertise: With a Bachelor of Business Marketing from Monash, Sarah has spent many years working in the loyalty, membership ad digital industries across a number of sectors along with volunteering her time as a mentor to university graduates and other community groups. Sarah has also worked as a consultant for many small businesses and entrepreneurs to help build their marketing and business plans. A long-term resident of Yarraville, Sarah shares a passion for the people and places of the inner west.


David St John

Company Secretary / Director

Occupation: Logistics Analyst.                                                                                             David has been employed for over 30 years in the shipbuilding & aerospace industries at Williamstown & Richmond.

His roles have included payroll, systems development, statistical analysis, technical writing, logistics analysis and engineering management.


Jonathon (Jack) Fitcher

Treasurer / Director

Occupation: Chief Financial Officer                                                                                      Jack is a qualified Certified Practising Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He has over 20 years’ experience working in Finance roles across various industries with his most recent role being the Chief Financial Officer of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).


Jennifer Britt

Chair of People & Performance Committee / Director

Occupation:  Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Public Service

Qualifications, experience and expertise: Along with many years working in the West, Jenny brings experience from across private, State and Federal public sectors. Jenny has a Masters of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a strong understanding of the community sector, including sport and recreation, community infrastructure, disability and service delivery.

Jan Jelte (Wal) Wiersma (original)

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Although officially retired, Wal continues his consultancy work in residential tertiary education.  He has also served as a General Manager at both Melbourne and Mt Eliza Business Schools.  Wal is a former Dean of Trinity College, University of Melbourne and St Mark’s College, University of Adelaide.  A resident of Yarraville since 2003, Wal was involved in Cross-Safe Yarraville and Preserve Yarraville Village, where he was part of the team appearing before VCAT to challenge inappropriate development.

Wal is a current Director and former Chair of the Board of the Seddon Community Bank, and he is the inaugural Chairman of the Inner West Community Foundation.

In his spare time, Wal teaches piano, and continues with the never-ending renovations to his house.

Pamela Sutton Legaud

Pamela Sutton-Legaud


Pamela Sutton-Legaud has built her career as a leader in the Australian and international not for profit sectors as a fundraiser and strategic manager in international aid, conservation and the environment with Bush Heritage Australia, Plan International and Oxfam Australia as well more recently in the education sector.  She is a proven business and development strategy specialist who has significantly contributed to the NFP and commercial sectors having directed strategies that have raised more than $150m for Australian non-profit organisations. She successfully initiated, designed and completed a $20million capital raising campaign for Zoos Victoria, the most successful in Melbourne Zoo’s 153-year history, leveraging and commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Zoo.

Pamela has served as a Director or Trustee on a number of non-profit boards and contributed to their strategic growth.  In recognition of her achievements, she was awarded the 2006 Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year award (Community & Government) for her work with Plan International and the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Pamela completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in February 2017 and is accredited as a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) with CFRE International.

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Freddy Lopez


Occupation: Commercial Manager

Freddy is an FCPA with experience gained across diverse ASX listed organisations. Expertise spans commercial, business development and operations, with a demonstrated capacity to develop and execute strategy and build strong teams.

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Marcus Olive


Occupation: Infrastructure Executive

Marcus is an infrastructure executive with experience gained in Australia and around the world. He graduated with degrees in Civil Engineering and Arts from Monash University, and subsequently completed an Executive MBA from RMIT. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Over his 25 year engineering career, he has had the fortune to work on mega projects in England, Denmark, Sri Lanka, Qatar, UAE, Mauritius and across SE Asia. Unusually for his field, this experience was gained in construction, consulting, project management and as a client’s representative. The varied geographical background and delivery roles let’s Marcus bring a breadth and wealth of perspectives to problem solving.
Marcus prides himself on building teams for high performance, mentoring his team members, and taking a collaborative – rather than adversarial – approach to project delivery.
Marcus has lived in Yarraville since 2008, and has held roles coaching Seddon Auskick, umpiring Yarraville-Seddon Eagles junior teams, and has wielded a pair of BBQ tongs multiple times at YWPS functions.