Board of Directors

Joan Fitzpatrick


Joan Fitzpatrick is an experienced business leader, consultant and non-executive director. Her business experience spans financial services, heavy manufacturing and fast moving consumer goods on an international scale.

Joan has more than 20 years experience as a director and her current positions include:
President of the Emergency Services and State Superannuation Board;
Chair of Sacré Cœur International School Board, Glen Iris;
Non-executive director of Catholic Church insurance and CCIAM;
Non-executive  director of Defence Bank;
Non-executive director of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers; and
Managing Director of Alvearium Pty Ltd.

Leon Sholl

Solicitor Director

Leon has practiced as a Litigation Lawyer for 46 years in all jurisdictions in Australia.  One of the founders of recoveriescorp, Leon has built long-standing relationships with recoveriescorp’s clients and has been a key driver in the company’s success.

Leon commenced the forerunner of Mason Black Lawyers in Victoria in 1991 and then, in 2002, incorporated Mason Black Lawyers in New South Wales.  As a Solicitor Director of Mason Black Lawyers, Leon is heavily involved in the daily management of the business, particularly legal matters, compliance and governance and maintaining client relationships.

Leon is also Board member of Recoveries Corporation Group Pty Ltd and acts as general legal Counsel for Recoveries Corporation Pty Ltd.

Positions, Committees and Memberships: Executive Director/Solicitor Director, Audit and Risk Committee Member, Remuneration and Capabilities Committee Member, Chairman Compliance Committee.

John Wauchope OAM


John has extensive experience in the insurance/finance and community health sector. He has been involved in board positions with private and not-for-profit companies involved in financial and legal services, risk and compliance management, aged care services and community health.

John's public sector experience includes local and state government, with a number of board appointments to statutory bodies including the Country Fire Authority [CFA] and Western Water Corporation.

He is currently a non-executive Director of Transaction Capital Risk Services Australia Holdings Ltd and of Recoveries Corporation Group Limited and related entities and is Chair of the Audit and Risk and Remuneration and Capabilities Committees.
John is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Executive Team

Nicholas Harrak

Chief Executive Officer

Nick holds a Bachelor of Legal Studies and a post-graduate Advanced Diploma in Business/Legal Practice. He joined recoveriescorp in January 2000 and is an excellent example of our policy of promoting from within. Possessing a results-oriented philosophy and a hunger for innovation, Nick has encouraged a continuous improvement within our operations and client relationship teams.

Nick’s operations background teamed with his client relationship skills makes him well rounded across all facets of the business. Nick is an innovator and motivator to staff and clients alike.

Nick's role is to lead the end-to-end Government & Commercial and Insurance business units with a focus on the continued improvement of service delivery, growth, profitability and people development.

James Higgins

Chief Financial Officer
BCom, CA, Grad Dip (Ins), ANZIIF Fellow

James joined recoveriescorp in 2010 as the Group Finance Manager. With over 20 years of experience working as a Chartered Accountant, James has worked with some of Australia’s leading Insurance and Financial Services organisations in a variety of roles, covering both operational and strategic responsibilities.

James has broad experience in managing teams in both financial and operational accounting.

An asset to our organisation at recoveriescorp, James is responsible for the Group’s varied financial and business support functions and direction.

Trudie Balthazaar

Chief People & Culture Officer

Trudie has more than 25 years of experience in senior leadership roles across the government, insurance and finance sectors.

She is an experienced organisation development manager with proven background in strategic planning, change management and leadership development. She has a key focus on aligning the people and culture strategy to the business strategy of an organisation.

Trudie leads a team of HR, Recruitment, Learning and Development specialists who drive the development of initiatives to enhance and promote the brand of recoveriescorp within the external market and to develop an internal work environment that is values based and ensures staff are motivated, supported and equipped to perform at their best.

Craig Rowe

Chief Information Officer
MTech (Bus. Sys. Des.)

Craig is a skilled IT professional with 20 years of experience in a variety of technical and leadership roles. For 15 of these years he has been working directly for recoveriescorp and Advanced Collection Systems, and has supported his experience with post-graduate studies, graduating with a Master of Technology in Business Systems Design and Management.

With a background in software development, Craig has been instrumental in implementing innovations in our collections system (ACS) and associated interfaces, driving business process improvements. His experience and understanding across different industry sectors has allowed him to effectively manage various client and IT relationships at all levels. He is responsible for Information Technology operations and the Group’s strategic direction, ensuring current and future requirements are met.