Our Team
Paul Simmons CRM

Paul Simmons – Branch Manager

Paul joined the Community Bank in December 2019 and became the Branch manager in February 2022. Paul has a strong background in banking, sales and business development. His role at the Maldon & District Community Bank Branch centres on lending and working with customers to help them achieve their financial goals.

He has have a passion for working with the community and customers in developing new business, creating new opportunities and exceeding customer’s expectations. 

In his spare time, Paul is a keen renovator and traveller.

Lara Mulholland, CSO

Lara Mulholland – Customer Relationship Manager (CRM)

Lara joined the Maldon & District Community Bank in 2017. She is based full-time at the Maldon Branch and was recently promoted to the position of Customer Relationship Manager.
Lara will be a familiar face to many, having grown up in Maldon. She has plenty of experience in the banking and customer service world and in hospitality before that. She loves working locally and with the Maldon & District Community Bank Branch.

In her spare time she loves karate, keeping fit and hanging out with family. Lara loves working in her local community, helping customers and working for a community bank.

Narelle Rowland – Customer Service Officer (CSO)

Narelle works at our Maldon and Newstead branches and has been with us since 2011. Narelle enjoys working with customers and the wider community in both locations.

Narelle has lived in Newstead for over 20 years and is connected to the local community through her children’s schooling and involvement in the Newstead Football Netball Club.

In her spare time Narelle likes to keep fit by walking and cycling.

Linda Crumpton – Customer Service Officer (CSO)

Linda is the face of our Dunolly branch and she brings with her some great customer service experience having come from a background of hospitality mostly in hotels and motels, but more recently at the Gold & Grain Cafe.

Linda has children that play all kinds of sport and love spending time at the Dunolly pool over the summer months.

“I enjoy the friendly recognition of being in a smaller community and the sense of belonging that comes with it”.

Emma Beadle – Customer Service Officer (CSO)

Emma joined our team early in 2022 and is based in our Maldon branch.  Emma grew up in Maldon, but moved to Melbourne to complete her Bachelor in Health Science, lived in a number of other towns before returning to settle in Maldon.

Emma is a regular blood donor, dog lover and enjoys live music events.  Emma also loves spending time with family and friends and attempting to keep her indoor plants alive!


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Emma Karst– Customer Service Officer (CSO)

Emma is the latest addition to our Customer Service team and is based full-time in our Maldon branch.  Emma is busy raising her children in Welshman’s Reef and enjoys learning everyday about all things sustainability as they live off-grid.  Emma is also a member of the Maldon Primary School Council.

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Jane Hoiting – Executive Officer

Jane joined our Company in August 2023, and comes to the Executive Officer role with some fantastic experience behind her.  Jane is a country girl at heart and was raised in Gilgandra, NSW but also spent a large chunk of her life living and working in Europe and the UK.  Jane and her husband have chosen Maldon for the next stage of their life where she is keen to foster community ties and continue to explore the fascinating geography that surrounds us here in Central Victoria.

Nicki Renfrey, CO

Nicki Renfrey – Communications Officer

Nicki Renfrey is our Communications Officer, who brings you stories about the bank through our social channels (you can see Nicki’s work on Facebook and Instagram) and our newsletter.

Nicki is a graduate of the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program (2017) and has a strong connection around the region. She is passionate about the community, and particularly the women’s cricket events she’s got up and running  in the Castlemaine District Cricket Association over the last couple of years. She is a member of the Barkers Creek Cricket Club, keen crafter, loves keeping fit and spending time with family and friends.

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Dja Dja Wurrung people, and we pay our respect to the elders past, present and emerging. The Dja Dja Wurrung people have been custodians of this land for many centuries, and have performed age old ceremonies of celebration, ritual and renewal. We acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.

We express our gratitude that we share this land together, our sorrow for some of the cost of that sharing, and our hope and belief that we can move to a place of equity, justice and partnership together.

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