Rabobank appoints new regional manager for Central NSW
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Rabobank appoints new regional manager for Central NSW



Rabobank has announced the appointment of Toby Mendl as regional manager for its rural business in Central New South Wales.

With a strong background in agri and commercial lending, both in Australia and abroad, Mr Mendl takes on the reins from previous long-standing regional manager, Peter Anderson.

Announcing the appointment, Rabobank group executive Country Banking Australia Marcel van Doremaele said Mr Mendl, who was formerly branch manager for Orange and Forbes, brought wide market experience and leadership to the role.

“We are excited Toby will head up our business in central New South Wales,” Mr van Doremaele said. “He is not only a smart banker, but Toby has a great way with people, both clients and staff alike.”

As the world’s leading food and agribusiness bank, Rabobank, and one of Australia’s largest rural lenders, Mr van Doremaele said Mr Mendl would be leading a team of bankers whose clients operate in one of the country’s most productive agricultural regions.

“With the region spanning from Bega in the south, up to the Liverpool Plains in the north, and out to Walgett in the west, Toby will oversee more than 40 finance specialists in six branches, to provide support and strategic direction to ensure we are delivering the most value to our clients,” he said.

Mr Mendl, who started his banking career with Rabobank in Goulburn, near to where he grew up on a small beef property at Crookwell, has held banking roles in Sydney, London and more recently, Orange where he has been based with his young family for the past six years.

Remaining in Orange, but spending most of his time travelling around the region, Mr Mendl said he was looking forward to the new role.

“There is plenty of optimism prevailing in agriculture, particularly in central New South Wales, signified by the activity in land acquisition and strong property values, with the area renowned for its agricultural productivity and diversity of agricultural enterprise,” he said.

Mr Mendl said his key aim in the new role was to empower his staff, “because if they feel engaged and supported, they will back themselves on the job”.

“We are lucky to have a great mix of experience in the team – from seasoned bankers with 20 years’ experience to recent university graduates,” he said. “And it is that wide range of experience that feeds into diversity of thought, and also our culture, which is unique and driven by the cooperative origins of the bank.”

Mr Mendl, who holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Applied Finance and Investment, takes on the role from Peter Anderson who has left the bank to pursue his own farming interests.

“Peter is highly-regarded in agricultural circles, and I want to continue to provide the same high level of service and value to our clients by leveraging off the bank’s extensive local and international knowledge and networks,” Mr Mendl said.

Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is a part of the global Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has nearly 120 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 40 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 8.6 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is one of Australasia’s leading agricultural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the region’s food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 94 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Media contacts:

Denise Shaw
Head of Media Relations
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand 
Phone: 02 8115 2744 or 0439 603 525 
Email: denise.shaw@rabobank.com  

Skye Ward
Media Relations Manager
Rabobank Australia
Phone: 02 4855 1111 or 0418 216 103
Email: skye.ward@rabobank.com