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The Faces Behind Better Banking: Steve Oats

29 January 2019

We want you to get to know our staff – the friendly people behind our motto of #BetterBanking… We recently introduced you to the first person in our ‘Faces Behind Better Banking’ series….

Steve Oats with long-standing Member, Jeff Marr celebrating his 100th birthday!

Next up we have Steve Oats. The man, the myth, the legend! Although he works at our Tea Tree Plus branch, he is a well known name and face across the organisation, and for good reason. Always the first to put his hand up to lend a helping hand (like when we ask him to be Santa at our Police Credit Union Family Fun Day), Steve has a heart of gold; a true gentleman. No wonder he won the Peer Choice Award at our 2018 Staff Celebration Night!

Q: Name? 
A: Steve Oats

Q: Nickname?
A: Oatsy

Q: Describe your family
A: My wife and I are empty nesters – we have three adult children and are the proud grandparents to our twin grandsons.

Q: Pets?
A: Leroy our Cocker Spaniel.

Q: What is your secret hidden talent?
A: I can recite the alphabet backwards in less than five seconds.

Q: How long have you been with Police Credit Union?
A: Four years

Q: How do you have your coffee?
A: STRONG

Q: What do you consider to be the best product / service offered by Police Credit Union?
A: Our home and personal loans. They have market leading interest rates.

Q: Describe your role with Police Credit Union
A: As a the Branch Manager of our Tea Tree Plus branch, I lead a team of motivated and engaged people who assist our Members match the right products and services to their financial goals and lifestyle needs.

Q: What’s your best memory at Police Credit Union?
A: Some real highlights have been helping organise and run the ‘Bunnings Barbecue’ that raised funds for Canoe for Kids. It was hard work but so rewarding!

Q: Where do you want to travel next?
A: We already have some holidays planned including a trip to New Zealand in February and a cruise to Singapore in 2020.

Q: Favourite quote?
A: “Living the dream”

Q: Your best recipe or meal you are famous for cooking?
A: I can cook the perfect steak.

Q: What is your next big purchase?
A: We need some outdoor blinds for our veranda.

Q: Any hobbies or passion projects?
A: I follow the Adelaide Crows, Central Districts and Northern Districts and Sandy Creek Cricket Clubs.

Q: How long have you worked in the finance industry?
A: Just ticked over 40 years since starting by banking career straight out of school.

Q: Describe your team / the people you work with?
A: We have a dynamic, enthusiastic and motivated team that keep the ‘more senior’ staff on our toes. Anne (Assistant Manager) and I are of a similar vintage and Sue is simply part of the furniture!

Q: What is one funny / surprising fact you have learned about one of your team members?
A: Sue Patterson has worked at Police Credit Union for almost 37 years (with an 8-month gap from mid-1999) – amazing!

Q: Any parting comments?…
A: To say you love your job is sometimes a throwaway line. I really do love my job. It is the people you work with and the Members you deal with that makes it all worthwhile.

Now that you know Steve a bit better, you might want to pop into our Tea Tree Plus branch to have a chat with him about his travels, how you too can cook the perfect steak and how he may be able to help you with some of your financial needs.