Advocacy Sub-committee

About the Advocacy Sub-committee

WIRV’s advocacy sub-committee provides a forum to advocate for and empower women in the restructuring insolvency industry. It promotes the cause of women in insolvency, educates WIRV’s members and the wider community about gender parity and gender equity in the insolvency industry.

Some of the ways that the advocacy sub-committee achieves its objectives are:

  1. hosting an annual International Women’s Day lunch;
  2. a mid-year function focussed on the International Women’s Day theme for that year;
  3. organising an annual mentoring program for practitioners in the insolvency sector; and
  4. providing information and educating WIRV’s members about issues regarding women in insolvency.

Mentoring Program

“You can’t be what you can’t see!”

WIRV recognises the importance of mentoring, particularly for the junior women in the profession. The WIRV mentoring program provides the opportunity for WIRV members at any level to be provided with a mentor from the industry. The program is coordinated on an annual basis.

Mentors and mentees are generally paired together in November/December of the previous year, with mentors and mentees committing to a 12-month program running from January to December in the following year.   The goal is for mentors and mentees to meet once per month to gain the maximum benefit from the program. WIRV also educates its members about the benefits of mentoring.

For more information about the WIRV mentoring program please contact the Advocacy Committee by email at

International Women’s Day Lunch

WIRV hosts its International Women’s Day lunch annually in March each year. Typically it is a three-course networking lunch with pre-lunch and post lunch-drinks. The lunch features a panel discussion by industry specialists on the International Women’s Day topic for that year. The panel are invited to provide their personal insights, feedback and advice on the topic.

On 28 February 2019 we hosted our 2019 International Women’s Day lunch at Mural Hall.

We heard from panellists Claire Bibby, Corporate Counsel and advocate, Mark Hachouli, National Australia Bank, and Her Honour Judge Marks from the County Court, discuss this year’s IWD theme of Balance for Better.  The panellists discussed how balance is good for business, and how our workplaces should reflect the diversity in every day society.

You can see photos from the event here.

Mid-Year Lunch Function

WIRV organises a mid-year lunch function to encourage its members to continue the discussion around the International Women’s Day theme for that year.

It is an opportunity for members of our insolvency industry to hear from other practitioners about ways to strive towards gender parity and equality for women in the insolvency industry. This year, WIRV hosted the event at the Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne. The panel was comprised of Catherine Torres (Director, CorCordis), Bridget Slocum (Barrister, Victorian Bar), Nathanael Kitingan (Principal Lawyer, Macpherson Kelly). Don’t miss out on this fantastic event next year.

For more information on our next Mid-Year Lunch please click here.