Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria (WIRV) announced today that Her Honour Judge Samantha Marks of the County Court of Victoria, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Senior Executive Leader, Insolvency Practitioners Team, Ms Thea Eszenyi, and Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) Mr Tim Cole are the independent judging panel for the 2019 WIRV Awards.
WIRV President, Ms Chloe Moorfoot stated "WIRV is delighted to have the support of the Her Honour Judge Marks, Ms Eszenyi and Mr Cole this year. All three of the judges on the independent panel have championed for change and it is humbling to have them appointed as WIRV's independent judges for the 2019 WIRV awards. We are expecting a lot of candidates to nominate this year, so it will be a difficult judging process".
WIRV is seeking nominations in the categories of "Female Young Gun", "Outstanding Female" and "Male Champion of Change". WIRV encourages those in the insolvency and restructuring sector (including lawyers, accountants, valuers and service providers) in Victoria to nominate their colleagues and peers or nominate themselves.
Applications for the WIRV awards opened on 20 May 2019 and will remain open until 23 June 2019. Applications forms are available at https://wirv.com.au/wirv-awards/. Finalists will be announced later this year.
The 2019 WIRV Awards are proudly sponsored by litigation funder, Vannin Capital. Vannin Capital's Regional Managing Director, Pip Murphy has said "The WIRV awards provide an amazing platform on which the insolvency and restructuring community in Victoria can recognise and celebrate the achievements of female leaders in today's legal and financial world. Vannin Capital is thrilled to sponsor the WIRV Awards for the third year in a row and we look forward to hearing more about the nominees."
WIRV is a not for profit professional organisation, connecting, empowering and contributing to its members, the Victorian insolvency and restructuring sector. WIRV advocates for equal opportunity and gender balance in the Victorian insolvency industry through its networking and professional development events. As at 2019, only 9% of Registered Bankruptcy Trustees and 10.5% of Registered Liquidators in Victoria are female.