Alexandra Gartmann


Alexandra Gartmann
CEW Member

Rural Bank Ltd
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Alexandra Gartmann commenced as Managing Director and CEO of Rural Bank and Executive Agribusiness Bendigo and Adelaide Bank in October 2015, having been a member of the Rural Bank Board since November 2014. Prior to this Alexandra was CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), a charitable foundation based on a partnership between philanthropy, community, government and business supporting the economic prosperity of rural, regional and remote communities across Australia. And earlier Alexandra held the position of CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group for 10 years, a not-for-profit agricultural research organisation based in the Mallee Wimmera region.

She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, the Australian Farm Institute, the Victorian Agriculture Advisory Council and is a trustee of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. She has been Chair of the CSIRO Agriculture Advisory Council, a Board member of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria, a member of the Crawford Fund, the National Rural Advisory Council and La Trobe University Regional Advisory Board. She was also a member of the 2011 Victorian Floods Disaster Appeal Fund, the Australian Landcare Council, and the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee, reviewing the adequacy of telecommunications in rural and remote Australia.

Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours, from the Australian National University. In 2005 she was Equity Trustees' Not-For-Profit CEO of the Year, recognised for Significant Innovation and in 2008 she was a Telstra Business Women's Award Finalist.

Alexandra is a strong advocate for rural and regional women, seeking ways to grow diversity in rural employment and overcoming obstacles to entry for women. Some advocacy and advisory roles specific to women have included the Federal Regional Women’s Advisory Council, the Victorian Women in Primary Industries Advisory Panel, and an ambassador for the Coo-ee Collective.

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