About the Advocacy Sub-committee
WIRV’s Advocacy Sub-Committee provides a forum to advocate for and empower women in the restructuring and insolvency industry. We promote the cause of women in insolvency and educate 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 include:
- hosting the annual International Women’s Day lunch;
- organising and hosting the WIRV Awards which are presented at the WIRV Winter Cocktail Night;
- organising the Mentoring Program for practitioners in the insolvency sector;
- organising and hosting the career progression boardroom series;
- advocating for and endorsing women in leadership across the insolvency industry; and
- providing information and educating WIRV’s members about issues regarding women in insolvency.
In its commitment to advocating for women, the Sub-Committee is always seeking new opportunities to help promote women. We are open to feedback or suggestions from WIRV members and beyond, so please get in touch with us by sending us an email.
“You can’t be what you can’t see!”
WIRV recognises the importance of mentoring, particularly for junior women in the profession. The WIRV Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for WIRV members at any level to be provided with a mentor within the industry.
Mentors and mentees are generally paired together shortly prior to the program commencing following the completion of a short questionnaire about the mentor/mentee’s position and objectives. The mentors and mentees commit to a 12-month program running from January to December in the following year. The goal is for mentors and mentees to meet regularly throughout the year so as to fully benefit from the program. WIRV also educates its members about the benefits of mentoring.
If you are interested in participating in the program as a mentor or mentee, please head to our Mentoring Program page here to complete your registration.
International Women’s Day Lunch
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on the 8th of March every year around the world with the first IWD gathering believed to have taken place in 1911. The focal point of IWD is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to call for gender parity.
WIRV hosts its International Women’s Day lunch annually in March each year. Typically, it is a three-course networking lunch with pre- and post-lunch drinks. The lunch features a panel discussion by industry specialists on the IWD topic for that year. The panel are invited to provide their personal insights, feedback and advice on the topic.
Details, including photos, of past WIRV IWD events can be found via the links below:-
WIRV Annual Awards
The WIRV Annual Awards recognise outstanding female, male and organisational champions of change in the restructuring and insolvency industry from various disciplines including accountants, lawyers, bankers, advisors and consultants. The award winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges, via a stringent and independent list of judging criteria. The WIRV Awards are a pivotal event on the Advocacy calendar to uplift and celebrate the achievements of people and firms in the industry.
Details of past Awards can be found here.
Career Progression Boardroom Series
In 2021, the Advocacy Sub-Committee launched the Career Progression Boardroom Series. In the Series, established practitioners who have managed to excel within a historically male dominated industry share their insights on career progression, experiences, achievements and challenges with junior practitioners. The junior practitioners are provided with the opportunity to seek advice, ask questions and take recommendations in respect of their own career progression.
Please get in touch with us by sending us an email if you would like to be part of the Series.