WIRV Awards

Nominations for the 2024 WIRV Awards are now open!

What are the WIRV Awards? 

The WIRV Awards recognise outstanding women, men and organisations in the restructuring and insolvency industry, including accountants, lawyers, bankers, advisors, and consultants who are based in Victoria.

The 2024 WIRV Awards feature four awards in the categories set out below:

1. Female Young Gun

This category is open to females with up to 5 years’ experience in the insolvency and restructuring industry who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to success in their careers.

Click here to start the nomination process for the Female Young Gun Award.

2. Outstanding Female

This category is open to females who are role models and have made a significant contribution to the insolvency and restructuring industry, including by promoting the advancement of women.

Click here to start the nomination process for the Outstanding Female Award.

3. Male Contributor to Change 

This category is open to all males in the insolvency and restructuring industry who use their position to support gender equality and promote the advancement of women within their business, the insolvency and restructuring industry and within the wider community.

Click here to start the nomination process for the Male Contributor to Change Award.

4. Gender Diversity Organisation of the Year

This category is open to organisations who practise in the insolvency and restructuring industry that demonstrate a balance of gender diversity and commitment to progression of women within their business and more broadly within the industry.

Click here to start the nomination process for the Gender Diversity Organisation of the Year Award.

Nomination process

All nominations are submitted to the WIRV Awards Committee and are strictly confidential. The WIRV Awards Committee will send the nominations to the independent panel of judges for review and scoring.

Instructions on how to nominate are outlined on the forms available via the above links.  You can contact us via awards@wirv.com.au with any questions.

Judging panel 

The award winners are decided by an independent panel of judges, via a stringent list of judging criteria. This year we have a distinguished list of judges, including:

  • Bridget Slocum, Barrister at Victorian Bar;
  • Fabian Micheletto, Director at SV Partners and Registered Trustee and Liquidator; and
  • Jeanine Purdie, Director and Principal at Business Credit Solutions.

Make sure you nominate your colleagues or peers, or yourself by using the links above.

Nominations close on 28 June 2024.

Past WIRV Awards Winners

2023:

  • Young Gun Award – Charlotte Barrow, Deloitte
  • Outstanding Female Award – Cassandra Risteska, Rodgers Reidy
  • Male Champion of Change – Aaron Timoney, Deloitte
  • Gender Diversity Firm of the Year – Aitken Partners

2022:

  • Young Gun Award – Mimi Green, KordaMentha
  • Outstanding Female Award – Gemma Denton, Australian Financial Security Authority
  • Male Champion of Change – Stephen Dixon, Hamilton Murphy Advisory
  • Gender Diversity Firm of the Year Deloitte

2021:

  • Young Gun Award – Stephanie Elder, Grant Thornton
  • Outstanding Female Award – Natasha Toholka, Norton Rose Fullbright
  • Male Champion of Change – Gordon Jenkins, I am Gordon Jenkins
  • Gender Diversity Firm of the Year QR Lawyers

Our 2021 winners have shared a short video celebrating their achievements. 

2020:

  • Young Gun Award – Cassie Mortimer, Norton Rose Fullbright
  • Outstanding Female Award – Lara Wiggins, KordaMentha
  • Male Champion of Change – Brett Warren, ASIC
  • Gender Diversity Firm of the Year Hamilton Murphy

2019:

  • Young Gun Award – Christie Jones, Victorian Bar
  • Outstanding Female Award – Leanne Chesser, KordaMentha
  • Male Champion of Change – Nathanael Kitingan, Macpherson and Kelley Lawyers

2018: 

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

2017:  

  • Young Gun Award – Kathryn Smith, Ashurst