Leadership Team

Judith Beck
Managing Director


Judith Beck Judith is the Owner and Managing Director of Financial Recruitment Group, and has over 20 years experience in Executive Search within the financial services industry and ten years experience within Banking and Finance. Judith held several management positions within major financial institutions in Australia and overseas.

Judith has successfully placed hundreds of candidates over the years at Senior to MD level. Judith has a high profile in the industry and has been a mentor to some of Australia's most successful executives.

Judith has completed her MBA in Human Resource Management and is also a member of the Financial Planning Association.

Nigel Haworth


ImageNigel has been in the Recruitment Industry for 28 years, with the last 17 years building, running, and listing recruitment companies.  He has extremely diverse business knowledge from Executive Search in London, Singapore and Hong Kong to $100 million plus businesses across broad vertical markets.

Between the years of 1993 to 1999, Nigel built and listed with two partners a diverse business (Empresaria) in London.  At the same time he established Sheffield Haworth to focus on the Investment Banking sector in London.  He brings with him a strong ability to build and maintain relationships at all levels across a broad product base.  He has excellent people management skills engendering loyalty and a focused work ethic.  Along with a natural appetite to build business and identify niche opportunities, he is well versed in the process of Acquisition, Joint Ventures, and Integration.  His high level of negotiating ability is complimented by a successful and demonstrable track record in driving organisational and cultural change.  Along with international experience in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, he has successful and demonstrable experience in building multi-dimensional organisations across multi sites and geographies.

In his last major position as CEO of Westaff and under his guidance between 2002 and 2007, Westaff's revenue doubled to in excess of $130 million in 2007 and the company was rewarded with a dramatically increased EBIT performance.  All of this growth was organic.  During the years 2006, 2007, and 2008 Westaff achieved extremely high levels of employee, customer, and candidate engagement.  This was recognised with the Hewitt Award for Best Employer in Australia and New Zealand in 2006, 2007 and 2008, the Employer of Choice for Women in the Workplace in 2007 and 2008, and the Sara (Seek) Award as voted by customers and candidates in 2008 and 2009.

Lena Coates
Senior Consultant



Lena Coates is a Senior Consulting Specialist - Executive Search and she forms part of Financial Recruitment Group's Leadership Team based in Australia with connection into London and Singapore.

Lena is a well regarded and respected expert in the financial services industry having pursued a career in Executive Search since 1995 in the banking, funds management and wealth management sectors. She has been active in managing assignments across financial services and from early on in her career has shown she is a natural at developing relationships and offering innovative recruitment solutions to her clients. Lena regularly manages senior executive roles across her varied portfolio of high calibre clients. Each year she is also a contributor to Financial Recruitment Group's  Remuneration Survey, writes articles and presents at various PD days and forums.

Prior to joining Financial Recruitment Group, Lena managed the Preferred Supplier Agreements with a global oil company where she dealt with the selection of the suppliers and then implemented a standard operating process and then managed those relationships. She was also Acting Human Resource Manager for an Educational body, where she standardised and rolled out the HR operating process. Prior to that Lena worked in a senior role with one of the four largest global accounting firms.

Lena's  scope of successful placements covers:

  • CEO
  • General Managers and State Managers
  • Technical and Legal Executives
  • Marketing and Communications Managers
  • Organisational, Operational and Risk Managers
  • Financial Planners and Private Wealth Advisors
  • Executive Managers and Relationship Managers
  • Business Development and Practice Development Managers

Lena holds a Diploma of Business Administration and is currently studying to become a Certified NLP Practitioner. As part of continuing professional development, Lena also attends selected education and networking forums for example, Financial Planning Conference.