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Leigh Berkley
Leigh Berkley

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, Mr Berkley has more than 30 years’ experience in the collections and debt purchase industry, served as President of the Credit Services Association (CSA) in the UK, and assisted the Australian Collectors & Debt Buyers Association (ACDBA) develop their Code of Practice.

Having been granted Australian residency last year, Leigh stepped down from the majority of his UK and European roles in order to spend more time at Collection House. Until July 2019, he was Director of External Affairs and Development of leading European debt buyer Arrow Global for four years, responsible for engaging with government and regulators, trade bodies and consumer advice organisations across Europe.

Prior to joining Arrow, Mr Berkley was the CEO and main shareholder of debt buyer Tessera Credit Group, which he led for over 16 years before successfully negotiating a sale of its assets to Arrow Global in December 2014.

Leigh served as Vice President of the European trade body FENCA where he led the development of a Code of Conduct for GDPR for the Collections industry across Europe, and regularly presents at conferences and trade body forums around the world. He was the 2019 President of the prestigious International Collectors Group, remains a Trustee of the FairLife Charity, and is an Ambassador and former Director of the Money Advice Liaison Group.

Mr Berkley was appointed to the Board of Collection House Limited on 1 July 2016, and has been Chairman of the Company since 29 November 2017.

Michael Knox
Michael Knox
Independent, Non-executive Director

Michael was an Australian Trade Commissioner serving in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. He joined Morgans (now Morgans Financial Limited) in Sydney in 1988. He was Chief Institutional Options Dealer until moving to Brisbane in 1990 as Economist and Strategist. He joined the Board of Morgan Stockbroking in 1996. He became Director of Strategy and Chief Economist in 1998. Michael remained on the Board of Morgans until 2012.

Michael has served on many Queensland Government advisory committees. He was Chairman of the Queensland Food Industry Strategy Committee in 1992, a Member of the Consultative Committee of the Ipswich Development Board in 1993, a Member of the Queensland Tourism Strategy Committee in 1994 and a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Economic Development in 1997. From 2003 to 2012, he was Chairman of the Advisory Committee of School of Economics and Finance at the Queensland University of Technology. He has been a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce from 1997 to 2007. In 2008, Michael joined the Board of The City of Brisbane Investment Corporation Pty Ltd. Michael remained on the Board until 2016. Michael was the President of the Economic Society of Australia (Qld) Inc from 2009 to 2013.

Sandra Birkensleigh
Sandra Birkensleigh
Independent, Non-executive Director

Sandra's career includes extensive experience in financial services and risk management, compliance and corporate governance. Her career includes 24 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she was formerly a Global Lead for Governance Risk and Compliance and a National Lead Partner Risk and Controls Solutions and a Service Team Leader for Performance Improvement.

Sandra is currently a Non-Executive Director of Auswide Bank Limited, MLC Limited, 7-11 Holdings and its subsidiaries, Horizon Oil and National Disability Insurance Agency. She is Chair of the Board Audit Committee and a Member of the Board Risk Committee for a number of companies.

She is also an independent member of the Audit Committee of the Reserve Bank of Australia and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Catherine McDowell
Catherine McDowell
Independent, Non-executive Director

Catherine has more than 30 years' experience in the investment and financial services industry in senior executive and advisory roles, predominantly with Barclays Bank, and more recently with ANZ.

In her role with Barclays International as managing Director, she oversaw a substantial international Wealth business before moving to New Zealand in 2005.

Catherine was the Managing Director at ANZ and The National Bank Private Banking and Wealth business (New Zealand). She was responsible for integrating these two businesses and creating a significant wealth business.

Catherine subsequently moved to Australia to build the Private Bank and Trust business while managing E-Trade. During her career Catherine spent 10 years in New York, 15 years in London and 8 years in NZ and Australia.

She has more than 15 years of Board experience with not for profit, listed and non-listed companies. Her current roles include Non-Executive Director of the National Provident Fund and Chair of the Investment Committee, and independent Director for the Todd Family Office.

Doug McAlpine

Doug joined the Group on 26 July 2019 as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary and after a strong contribution, Collection House announced the appointment of Doug to Chief Executive Officer in November 2019.

Doug was previously with Silver Chef Limited where he served as the Executive General Manager of Australia and New Zealand and prior to that, Chief Financial Officer. Doug has previously held similar roles in the resources, property and general investment sectors. Doug began his career at Ernst & Young and is a Chartered Accountant with twenty years of accounting and finance experience, fifteen of which have been as CFO with listed public companies throughout Australia.

Doug has a people first approach, with relevant experience leading teams in the financial services community. In addition to strong financial and commercial capability, Doug has extensive experience working with the professional investment community, and a solid grounding in the receivables and financing industry.

Denica Saunders
Chief Operating Officer

Denica joined the group in July 2015, following an extensive career in the financial services industry and operational management. Denica has worked in senior roles leading large-scale change programs specialising in business transformation, contact centre optimisation for global organisations, industry, peak bodies, Local and Federal Government agencies.

Denica leads our operational teams across Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. Drawing on over 15 years leadership experience at both the operational and executive level, Denica is instrumental in shaping and executing CLH’s operational strategy, delivering best-in-class solutions for our clients and customers.

Anand Adusumilli
Chief Data Scientist

Anand joined the Group on 26 July 2017, bringing over 15 years’ experience in the field of data science and predictive analytics for the financial services domain, primarily focussed on accounts receivables and debt collection.

Working with the US market leader in the debt collection industry for the last 12 years, he has vast experience in building pricing models, forecasting models, and optimisation models for operations in the financial services sector.

He has a proven track record in bridging strong symbiotic relationships between analytics and operations that are quintessential to be successful in our business.

Jonathon Idas
Chief Legal Officer

Jonathon joined Collection House Group on 6 September 2017, bringing over 15 years’ experience as a solicitor in Sydney and London including most recently being the Chief Legal Officer for Australian Receivables Limited and Forbes Dowling Lawyers (FDL).

As Chief Legal Officer he successfully acquired Turnbull Bowles Lawyers, strengthening FDL’s position and expanding legal services, client engagement and productivity.

As a solicitor in the United Kingdom his focus was helping clients navigate successfully through the global financial crisis, acting on large scale litigation and pursuing cross boarder insolvency matters.

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