In 2001 a group of local people got together for the fundamental purpose of bringing banking services back to Hurstbridge.

The Community Bank® concept was a fledging model back in those days which offered great possibilities to those communities who embraced it, but it would take courage, hard work and commitment by shareholders and the community. We are proud of the success of our company and the difference we have made in our community.

  • Barry Henwood

    Role: Chairman Occupation: Newsagent Proprietor

    Barry has been in small business for almost 30 years. His first business was as a Landscape Gardener and Market Gardener and for the last 18 years as a Newsagent, Licenced Post Office and Lottery franchisee. He currently owns and operates Blackburn South News Post & Lotto, with his wife Janice. His business has been nominated five times for Victorian Newsagent of the year and finalist in 2007. In 2008 the business received a National Excellence Award Vic/Tas from Australia Post.

    Barry has always maintained a strong relationship in the local community. He was a foundation member and first Vice President of the current Hurstbridge Traders Association and later President for several years.

    Barry joined the Board of Valley Community Financial Services Ltd when the company was first established and has held several positions including Deputy Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Human Resources Committee. He has held the position of Chairman since 2007. He is passionate about community banking, both in terms of the business model and the benefits to the community. Barry was recognized for his work with the Community Bank with a Citizen of the Year award in 2010 by Nillumbik Shire Council.  He was also recognised in 2011 by the awarding of the Paul Harris Fellowship Medal nominated by the Diamond Creek Rotary Club.
  • Malcolm Hackett OAM

    Role: Deputy Chair Occupation: Retired

    Malcolm grew up in Yarrambat and has lived in the area all of his life. He attended Yarrambat Primary School, matriculated from Watsonia High School and completed his Arts Degree and teaching qualifications at La Trobe University. Malcolm worked in the Victorian Education Department as a teacher, education consultant and school administrator for 34 years. Malcolm retired in 2008 having completed his career in the education profession as Principal of Diamond Valley College.

    Malcolm is a stud cattle breeder and a past President of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Simmental Breeders' Association. Malcolm's home and property in Strathewen were destroyed during the Black Saturday Bushfires and in July 2009 Malcolm became the Chairperson of the Strathewen Community Renewal Association. He has since worked with his local community, the Bushfire Reconstruction Authority, Nillumbik Shire, government agencies and philanthropic groups to renew the infrastructure and community of Strathewen. In 2011, Malcolm served on the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund's Community Advisory Committee during its deliberations of the remaining 20 million dollars of donated funds.

    Malcolm joined the Board of Valley Community Financial Services Limited in 2008. He contributes his analytical and management skills, and has broad knowledge of the rural and urban communities we serve. Malcolm is currently the Board's Deputy Chairman, Chair of the Community Support Committee, Chair of the Policy and Procedures Committee and is a member of the Marketing and Promotions Committee.

    In 2013, Malcolm was awarded the honour of the Order of Australia.
  • Phil Marendaz

    Role: Director Occupation: Public Accountant

    Phil has over 30 years experience in commerce and industry in both senior accounting and management positions.  He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the principal director of the Diamond Creek accounting firm, Marendaz Accountants & Business Consultants.

    His key expertise is in business management and strategic planning.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Swinburne University and is a registered Tax Agent.

    Phil has been a resident of Arthurs Creek for nearly twenty years.  He is married to Lee-Anne and has two children.  Phil joined the Board of Valley Community Financial Services Limited in 2009 and contributes his strong business management and strategic planning skills.  He is also a valuable member of the Budget Committee.
  • Daryl Brooke

    Role: Director Occupation: Consultant

    Daryl is the owner and principal of One Tree Hill Consulting based in Hurstbridge. One Tree Hill Consulting specialises in planning for success with small and medium sized businesses operating within or close to Nillumbik Shire. He is currently working with Nillumbik Community Health Services in the role of Business Development Manager to develop new income sources. This will come from starting up social enterprises and other new business opportunities.

    Daryl has previously worked throughout the Asia Pacific region in senior managerial roles ranging including regional marketing and general management based in New Zealand, Singapore and Australia. He has post graduate diplomas in industrial production and marketing management complimented by having been a tradesman and licensed aircraft engineer. He is a past government NEIS program mentor and worked with Nillumbik businesses burnt out in the 2009 bushfires through a Shire Council sponsored program. Daryl is a committee member of the Nillumbik Economic Advisory Group, the Nillumbik Tourism Association, Hurstbridge Traders Association and the Edendale Advisory Group.

    Daryl was appointed to the Board of Valley Community Financial Services Limited in 2010 and was appointed Treasurer in April 2012.  He is a member of the Policy & Procedures, Events and Strategy Committees. Daryl's interests are local sustainable farming, sustainable secure communities and economies, and mountain biking or motorcycling in the bush with his sons.
  • Carole Bury

    Role: Carole Bury Occupation: Events Co-ordinator

    Carole was the Chair of the Doreen & Mernda Steering Committee and became a Director of Valley Community Financial Services Limited in January 2011.

    Over the past 12 years, she has worked as an Executive Assistant managing travel and logistics for multi-million dollar projects in the mining industry, working for Caterpillar Underground Mining. Carole has also worked in events management. Carole currently works 3 days as a PA to the CEO of a Blowmoulding Company and on top of that, runs a part time business in Interior Decorating. She is also a keen golfer!
  • Carol Jenkinson

    Role: Director Occupation: Community Volunteer

    Carol has lived in Nillumbik all of her life and is passionate about telling the story of what a great community we have and how if we all work together the area will grow and prosper whilst still being a great place to live.  She is involved in numerous community groups including Nillumbik Tourism Association, Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Committee, Diamond Valley College School Council and Arthurs Creek Primary School Council to name a few.  Carol brings with her a wealth of business and marketing knowledge and we are very pleased to welcome Carol to the Board.  We are sure she will be a great asset.

  • Phillip Burtt

    Role: Director Occupation: 

    Having started working life in the petroleum and mining industries I have found my skills more valuably utilized in service to the community.

    My peers consider me to be an astute, entrepreneurial and innovative business development and finance focussed individual highly accomplished in consistently providing leadership in strategic business planning/development, delivering corporate goals, financial initiatives and building high performing teams in the education and government business enterprises sectors.

    Critical to my success throughout my career are my proven communication skills, business acumen, outstanding interpersonal and negotiation skills and solid understanding of the Australian Accounting standards and management practices which has enabled me to deliver profitable results and excel in all aspects of my career.

    Above all, my greatest strengths include can-do attitude, the ability to build strong rapport and networks with influential persons and groups to further the success of my employer and the community. These areas of expertise include but are not limited to the higher education sector, local government and government business organisations.

    I have an enviable record of identifying and securing business opportunities for accelerated and sustainable growth and am passionate, people focussed and ethical with strong drive and ambition.