Lee Partridge is the newest board member of NorCen, who operates Wallan, Kilmore and Broadford Bendigo Bank branches.

NorCen Financial Services has appointed a new member to its board of directors.

Lee Partridge hopes to use her role to boost financial literacy in the area and help support local sporting clubs.

Ms Partridge has built career in banking since the age of 18, working her way up through NAB’s ranks to become the manager of NAB Kilmore, Broadford and Wallan.

In August she was appointed to her first directorial role, as the newest member on the board of directors at NorCen, which operates Bendigo Bank’s Wallan, Kilmore and Broadford branches.

“I want to be able to put back in the community, I raised my three kids here [and] I wanted to contribute,” Ms Partridge said.

The Kilmore resident of 16 years moved to the area – first to Wandong – to raise a family and fell in love with the rural landscape and community.

She said since accepting her new role two months ago she had already been astounded by how committed Bendigo Bank was to its customers.

“I’m blown away by how enthusiastic the board and staff all are, they all want to give back to the community,” she said.

Ms Partridge hopes to bring her passion for increasing financial literacy, and for supporting local sports club, to NorCen.

“My kids have participated in just about every sporting team [in the Mitchell Shire], you name it they’ve probably played it … that’s why we live in the area,” she said.

“But if there’s any gap it’s that the sporting clubs have needs and maybe don’t know what the bank could provide them.”