Leadership Team

Judith Beck
Managing Director


Judith Beck

Judith is the Owner and Managing Director of Financial Recruitment Group. She has held several management positions within major financial institutions in Australia and overseas and has over 20 years' experience in Executive Search within the financial services industry. Judith has successfully placed hundreds of candidates in senior to managing director roles.

In addition Judith is the Founder of Financial Executive Women (FEW) which promotes the positive progression of women and has some of Australia’s largest organisations as corporate sponsors. Judith is the Chairman of Eon Mentis, an organisation that is educating organisations on the value of mature age employees as part of their diversity program. Judith has been a mentor to some of Australia’s most successful executives, is a regular speaker at industry conferences and contributes editorially to various industry publications. Judith holds an MBA in Human Resources Management and is considered an industry expert within her field.

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 Executive Search Specialist 



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.

Brad Collins

Executive Search Consultant


Brad Collins has more than 20 years’ experience in the Wealth Industry covering retail, SMSF administration, platform and capability development. He has worked in Australia, Asia and the USA where he has lead and managed teams in developing and implementing national product initiatives.

Brads skill set is built across numerous disciplines including professional development, consulting, wholesale banking, product development, SMSF administration, funds management, platform, distribution, sales and marketing. Brad is a change manager and strategic thinker with a proven track record of developing teams, culture and increasing sales.

Brad was a past member of the Securities Institute Task force; lecturer and course writer for the Diploma of Financial Markets and Economics. Lecturer and course writer for Kaplan Professional Master of Applied Finance (Financial Markets & Economics) and was recognised by Kaplan Professional for contribution to the course. Brad has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), is an FCPA, has a certificate of marketing practice, diploma of financial services and is a NLP Master Practitioner.