WIRV Awards

WIRV Industry Recognition

The WIRV Awards recognise outstanding women and male champions of change in the restructuring and insolvency industry, including accountants, lawyers, bankers, advisors and consultants. The award winners are decided by an independent panel of judges, via a stringent and independent list of judging criteria.

The WIRV Awards are announced at the WIRV Awards Night held annually in July.

Previous WIRV Award Winners

2018: The WIRV Award winners for 2018 were:

  • Young Gun Award – Vanessa Munnecke, Kalus Kenny Intelex
  • Outstanding Female Award – Radhika Kanhai, Cornwall Stodart
  • Male Champion of Change – Greg Keith, Grant Thornton

2017:  The WIRV Award winner for 2017 was:

  • Young Gun Award – Kathryn Smith, Ashurst

Categories

The inaugural WIRV Awards in 2017 had one category – the WIRV Young Gun Award.

In 2018 the awards expanded to three categories:

  1. Female Young Gun Award
    This category is open to nominees with 1 to 5 years’ experience in the insolvency industry, across all areas of insolvency and restructuring. Once nominations are open, you can download a nomination form for the Female Young Gun Award here.
  1. Outstanding Female Award
    This award is for females who are role models in insolvency and restructuring, and/or have made an outstanding contribution to the industry.  This category is open to all females in the insolvency and restructuring. Once nominations are open, you can download a nomination form for the Outstanding Female Award here.
  1. Male Champion of Change Award
    This category is open to males who have been champions of change in the insolvency and restructuring industry.  Male Champions of Change use their individual and collective leadership to elevate gender equality as an issue of national and international social and economic importance. Once nominations are open, you can download a nomination form for the Male Champion of Change Award here.

About the nominations process

Candidates can either nominate themselves for the award or be nominated by someone else.

Nominations are submitted to the WIRV Awards Committee and are strictly confidential.  The WIRV Awards Committee then send the nominations to the independent panel Judges for review and scoring. Please refer to the judging process below for more information.

WIRV sends out emails calling for nominations to WIRV Members and Friends and advising of the deadline for nominations in the months leading up to the WIRV Awards night. Keep an eye out for the emails so you don’t miss out.

About the judging process

The award winners are decided by an independent panel of judges, via a stringent list of judging criteria.

The nominations for each category are sent separately to each of the judges, and the judges then undertake a scoring process in accordance with each award’s criteria to determine the winner.

In 2018 the judging panel consisted of Justice Maxwell, President of the Court of Appeal, Victoria, Thea Eszenyi, Senior Executive Leader Insolvency Practitioners at ASIC, and Lisa Maher, Head of Premium Banking and Business Growth at Bank of Melbourne.