Past Events

WIRV Young Gun Award 2017

The winner of the Women in Insolvency & Restructuring Victoria’s inaugural Young Gun Award 2017 was announced at a cocktail evening at the Grand Hyatt on 17 October 2017.

Congratulations to Kathryn Smith of Ashurst Australia.

As one judge described Kathryn, “she has achieved a lot in her four years. I was impressed by her professional achievements but also by her breadth of work in academia, thought leadership and law reform. She seems highly involved in volunteering and in the industry in both issues that focus on the advancement of women and other social justice matters.”

The Award was open to an outstanding woman who has been practicing in the insolvency industry for one to five years (inclusive).  Open for nominations across all areas of insolvency and reconstruction, the Award was judged by an independent panel from the accounting, banking and legal industries.

We are grateful for the support and work of our judges this year:  His Honour President Chris Maxwell of the Victorian Court of Appeal, Melanie Scott, Senior Policy Adviser at Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, Tim Bezencon, Group General Manager, Lending Services at ANZ and Anna Robertson of the Victorian Bar.

Profiles of our winner and of all of the finalists are outlined below.

WIRV congratulates all the finalists.  They are a group of inspirational and talented young women and we congratulate them all on their wonderful achievements to date.

To view all of the photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page, WIRV Social.

Footy Finals Luncheon - 15 September 2017

On 15 September 2017, WIRV held its annual Footy Finals Luncheon at the Palladium at Crown. Guests heard from a star studded panel, featuring Luke Hodge, Jimmy Bartel, Darcy Vescio and Peggy O'Neal, with Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann as MC.

The luncheon was kindly sponsored by Cor Cordis, Cornwall Stodart and Slattery. Profits from the live and silent auctions held on the day were donated to Sisterworks.

Thank you to all our guests for attending.

To see more photos from the event, head to our Facebook page, WIRV Social.

Photos taken by Jam on Your Collar.

 

High Tea - 18 August 2017

On 18 August WIRV held its annual High Tea lunch in the historic Windsor Hotel Ballroom.   Guests were treated to an exclusive Styling Event provided by online retailer Elvie & Leo in conjunction with Fitted for Work.

Thank you to all our guests for attending this wonderful event.

For more photos - head to our FB page - WIRV Social

Photos taken by Sarah Mackie

21st Anniversary Cocktail Evening - 27 April 2017

On the 27th of April WIRV celebrated its 21st Anniversary in style with a fabulous evening of cocktails at Tonic House. 

Thank you to all our guests for attending this successful evening of networking.

The evening was kindly sponsored by Korda Mentha and featured a specifically created cocktail menu for WIRV kindly provided by William, Grant & Sons featuring Monkey Shoulder, Solerno and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.

For more photos - head to our FB page - WIRV Social

Photos taken by Jam on Your Collar

         

International Women's Day Lunch - 2 March 2017

WIRV held its inaugural International Women’s Day Lunch at the Langham Hotel on 2 March 2017 with panellists from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Victorian Women Lawyers and the Victorian Bar.
 
The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2017 was #BeBoldforChange – focusing on ground-breaking action that truly drives change for women towards gender parity. Guests heard from our panellists about how a number of individuals and organisations have taken bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity: what works and what doesn’t.
For more photos - head to our FB page - WIRV Social

WIRV held its first Afternoon High Tea on 18 October 2016. The High Tea featured guest speaker Janet Hailes Michelmore, the Executive Director & Head of External Relations at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the knowledge of women’s health throughout the various stages of their lives, and to provide a trusted world-class health service for women. Janet discussed a number of emerging trends in women’s health, particularly relevant health issues and ways in which one can look after their mental and physical health while looking after their career.

Special thanks to Vannin Capital for sponsoring the event.

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Afternoon High Tea - 19 October 2016

WIRV held its first Afternoon High Tea on 18 October 2016. The High Tea featured guest speaker Janet Hailes Michelmore, the Executive Director & Head of External Relations at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health.

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the knowledge of women’s health throughout the various stages of their lives, and to provide a trusted world-class health service for women. Janet discussed a number of emerging trends in women’s health, particularly relevant health issues and ways in which one can look after their mental and physical health while looking after their career.

Special thanks to Vannin Capital for sponsoring the event.

Photos taken by Jam on Your Collar

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Annual Footy Finals Luncheon - 9 September 2016

Thank you to all our members and guests for attending our Footy Finals Luncheon. It was great to see so many new faces as well as familiar ones. A special thanks to our sponsors Cor Cordis, Cornwall Stodart, Law Image & Slattery, Rebecca Maddern (MC) and our guest speakers - Alex Rance (Richmond Football Club), Daisy Pearce (Captain, Melbourne FC women's team),  Brian Lake (Hawthorn and Western Bulldogs Football Clubs), Brendon Goddard (Captain, Essendon Football Club) and Ben Price ( Comedian). For more photos, please head to our WIRV Social Facebook Group

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WIRV 20 Anniversary Celebration - 4 August 2016

On Thursday, 4 August 2016, WIRV celebrated its 20th Anniversary at the highest point in Melbourne - Eureka 89. What better way to mark this significant milestone than an elegant night of drinks and canapés overlooking the dazzling Melbourne skyline.The evening is kindly sponsored by Macpherson Kelley Lawyers and Pickles Valuation Services.

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WIRV Rebrand Launch Party - 28 April 2016

On Thursday, 28 April 2016, IWIRC VIC rebranded as WIRV -  Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria. Thank you to all our guests for coming to this event. It was one of our biggest turnouts at a cocktail function and was a successful evening of networking accompanied by some lovely food and drink.  A special thank you to Strathmores Collections and The Bank on Collins for sponsoring the event.

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Summer Lawn Bowls - 3 March 2016

IWIRC (Vic) hosted its first Summer Lawn Bowls event at Flagstaff Gardens. We were joined by guest speaker, Kyle Vander Kuyp, an Australian Olympic athlete and proudly supported the Grow Hope Foundation - a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping people around the world improve their circumstances through education. Thanks to everyone for joining us and a special thanks to our sponsor, KPA Lawyers.

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Polo in the City - 28 November 2015

IWIRC (Vic) hosted its first Polo in the City at Albert Park. The day featured 2 private marquees, amazing weather and an even better turnout of guests. IWIRC will be looking to add this event to our 2016 calendar so watch this space! Thanks to everyone for joining us and a special thanks to our sponsors Cornwall Stodart and 180 Group.

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Footy Finals Luncheon - 11 September 2015

IWIRC (Vic)’s annual Footy Finals Luncheon was held on Friday, 11 September 2015 at the Crown Palladium. The event was proudly sponsored by Hall Chadwick, GraysOnline, List A Barristers and Law Image.

Lawrence Mooney was our MC and our special guests included Mick Molthouse, Bryan Taylor, Luke Ball, Jack Watts and Chelsea Roffey who provided an entertaining and insightful panel discussing the 2015 AFL footy season. The annual live auction conducted by GraysOnline was a huge success, with all proceeds going to Safe Steps, a charity supporting women and children experiencing violence. IWIRC (Vic) would like to thank everyone for their support and attendance. We hope to see you all again in 2016!

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A Winter's Night Out in the Safari - 6 August 2015

On Thursday, 6 August 2015, IWIRC (Vic) hosted its annual mid year function at Glamp Bar in Melbourne's CBD.  With a great turnout of guests, we enjoyed a night of networking and sampling a variety of African canapes and drinks. Special thanks to our sponsors Cornwall Stodart and Bibby Financial Services.

 

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IWIRC (Vic) Cocktail Party - 23 April 2015

On Thursday, 23 April 2015, IWIRC (Vic) hosted its Cocktail Function at Dutchess in Melbourne's CBD.  It was a successful evening of networking, fabulous cocktails and lovely food.  Thank you to our sponsors Jirsch Sutherland and 180 Group and congratulations to our door prize winners of the night:

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IWIRC (Vic) Summer Function - 12 March 2015

Since last year's summer function was such a great success, on 12 March 2015, we again ventured to the Boatbuilders Yard in South Wharf for our Summer BBQ.  A special thanks to Blue Broking and Quinert Rodda & Associates for sponsoring this event.

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Night Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse - 14 November 2014

Our final event for the year, a great night of socialising and punting was had at Moonee Valley Racecourse. We thank our sponsors for this event Jirsch Sutherland and Factor One for a fun evening.

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Breakfast Briefing – 21 October 2014

The third and final IWIRC (Vic) breakfast briefing for 2014 was hosted by PPB Advisory. The session stepped through investigation procedures and techniques to improve the outcome of interviews, public examinations and asset recoveries. It was a very interesting and insightful session! Thank you Peter Morris and Angela Clancy from PPB Advisory for presenting to us.

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Footy Finals Luncheon - 12 September 2014

IWIRC (Vic)’s annual Footy Finals Luncheon was held on Friday, 12 September 2014 at the Crown Palladium. The event was proudly sponsored by Hall Chadwick, GraysOnline, List A Barristers and Law Image. It was our largest attendance in history, with over 825 guests enjoying an afternoon of food, wine, footy and networking to celebrate the 18th anniversary of IWIRC in Victoria.

Dave O’Neil was our MC and our special guests included Michael Voss, Tony Shaw, Billy Brownless and Nathan Brown who provided an entertaining and insightful panel discussing the 2014 AFL footy season. The annual live auction conducted by GraysOnline was very well supported, with all proceeds (approximatley $12,000) going to Alannah and Madeline Foundation. The auction followed an address from the CEO of the Foundation, Dr Judith Slocombe, who provided a passionate overview of the charity which is dedicated to protecting and preventing children from violence and bullying and advocating for children’s safety and wellbeing.

IWIRC (Vic) would like to thank everyone for their support and attendance. We hope to see you all again in 2015!

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Breakfast Briefing - 7 August 2014

The second IWIRC (Vic) breakfast briefing for 2014 saw Adrian Brown, Senior Executive Leader of ASIC, presenting on “Life as a Regulator – a view from the other side.” This event was kindly sponsored by Global Business Auctioneers and Valuers and was hosted at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Adrian was quite candid in his comments regarding the transition from private practice into the world of ASIC, the obstacles he has faced and the upcoming matters of focus for ASIC.

Explaining how the insolvency division fit into the ASIC landscape, Adrian was able to demonstrate why there might sometime be a disconnect between what Insolvency Practitioners expect from the regulator and what happens in practice.

It was an insightful presentation by Adrian, giving us a better understanding of how things at the regulator operate.

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Mid-Year Cocktail Function - 24 July 2014

On Thursday, 24 July 2014, IWIRC (Vic) hosted its Annual Mid-Year Cocktail Function at Ms Collins in Melbourne's CBD.

Kindly sponsored by Factor One and Rigby Cooke Lawyers, the Annual Mid-Year Cocktail Function provided the perfect opportunity for practitioners to network while enjoying some very appetising food and beverages.

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IWIRC Trivia Night - 12 June 2014

On 12 June 2014 IWIRC (Vic) hosted a Trivia Night at the Royal Melbourne Hotel with QuizaaMe our fantastic quiz masters for the evening. Outsmarting us all, the barristers from Lonsdale Chambers took out the first prize, well done Lonsdale Chambers!

It was a fun night with prizes also for the “heads and tails” game won by Andrea Mapp from Lonsdale Chambers and the business card draw winner Chantelle Louka from Gadens. A special thanks to Blue Insolvency and JHK Legal for sponsoring this event.

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Breakfast Briefing - 27 May 2014

On 27 May 2014, 75 people attended the offices of Rigby Cooke Lawyers to attend IWIRC (Vic)’s first Breakfast Briefing of the year.  Marike Hardy, Director of Cool Karma Collected, spoke on the Mindful Revolution and the question of what if the mind and body could become more judicious in the face of stress?   Enter, Mindfulness.  The buzzword of the year, with an impressive body of research, its bevy of famous followers and a Time Magazine cover that cites this era as the ‘Mindful Revolution.’  On entering the mindfulness classroom we began to analyse and understand the nature of how we physically respond to stress and the habitual patterns we’ve developed over time. We learnt there is no quick fix to chronic stress. Techniques such as breathing and pauses operate like aspirin, providing short-term relief from immediate pressures. Formal mindfulness practices, such as daily-seated meditation, are the long-term solutions that target the continuous pressures of modern life.  Marike used techniques such as placing a raisin in our mouth and undertaking a breathing exercise to emphasis the concept of being in the moment, being mindful.  This “soft skills” session was enjoyed by the attendees who appeared to start the day less stressed!

IWIRC Breakfast Briefing - 27 May 2014

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IWIRC Summer Function - 27 March 2014

On 27 March 2014 IWIRC (Vic) hosted a Summer BBQ at the Boatbuilders Yard in South Wharf.  It was a special night where we said thank you to Kate Savage from Hall Chadwick for her two year term as President and excitedly welcomed Renee Di Carlo from Jirsch Sutherland as our President for 2014/2015.  We also welcomed a number of new committee members in 2014/2015.  A special thanks to Blue Broking and Risk Strategies for sponsoring this event.

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Joint IWIRC/ARITA Golf Day - 3 March 2014

This year the IWIRC/ARITA Golf Day was held at the Commonwealth Golf Club in Oakleigh South. IWIRC hosted a golf clinic sponsored by Professional Collection Services.

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Night Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse - 15 November 2013

In what is fast becoming a favourite IWIRC (Vic) function, we again ventured to Moonee Valley Racecourse for a night of socialising and punting. We thank our sponsors for this event Jirsch Sutherland and Bibby Financial Services.

Night Racing Invitation

 

Breakfast Briefing - 23 October 2013

The third IWIRC (Vic) breakfast briefing for 2013 was hosted by PPB Advisory.  It included an update from the Australian Taxation Office on director penalty notices and details about the Fair Work Law Reform Bill.

Breakfast Briefing Invitation

 

Footy Finals Luncheon - 13 September 2013

The IWIRC (Vic) annual Footy Finals Luncheon was held on Friday, 13 September 2013 at the Crown Palladium. This year we had over 700 attendees which was fantastic. Hall Chadwick and Grays Online sponsored the event again with List A Barristers sponsoring for the first time.

Dave O'Neil, Kevin Sheedy, Samantha Lane and Majak Daw provided some great insights into the 2013 AFL footy season and who could forget the handball competition?!  With Majak on their team, List A Barristers were the clear winners.

IWIRC (Vic) would like to thank everyone for their support and attendance. We hope to see you all again in 2014.

Footy Finals Luncheon Invitation (PDF)

 

Breakfast Briefing - 27 August 2013

For the second IWIRC (Vic) breakfast briefing in 2013, Ben Richards of Aticus provided some useful advice and practical tips for dealing with difficult conversations in the workplace. Thank you to Rigby Cooke for hosting this event.

Breakfast Briefing Invitation (PDF)

 

Mid-Year Cocktail Function - 8 August 2013

On Thursday 8 August 2013, IWIRC (Vic) hosted its Annual Mid-Year Cocktail Function at Alto in the GPO Building.

Kindly sponsored by Effective Recoveries and Rothwell Lawyers, the Annual Mid-Year Cocktail Function provided the perfect opportunity for practitioners to network while enjoying some appetising food and beverages. Over 140 members and guests attended, with some of those lucky enough to win fantastic door prizes. A great night was had by all and we are looking forward to doing it again next year!

Cocktail Function Invitation

 

IWIRC Trivia Night - 20 June 2013

The annual IWIRC Trivia Night was held on Thursday, 20 June 2013 at the Royal Melbourne Hotel on Bourke Street.

This year we decided to introduce a new style of Trivia, using wireless buzzers to lock in answers quickly and easily. Once everyone familiarised themselves with the answer consoles it is fair to say everyone enjoyed the alternative Trivia style, with fingers buzzing and shouts of abstain being heard from afar!  A number of teams showed their talents with exuberant displays of singing and dancing to gain some additional points.

A great night was had by all, in particular those from Lonsdale Chambers who came in first and second place. Congratulations to the Lonsdale Chambers team on a great win. A big thank you to Hall Chadwick and Hymans for sponsoring this event.

Trivia Night Invitation

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Breakfast Briefing - 10 May 2013

The first IWIRC (Vic) breakfast briefing for 2013 was hosted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth.  We were able to hear about the career paths of the Honourable Justice Anne Ferguson and Annette Hughes, a Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Breakfast Briefing Invitation

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Joint IWIRC/IPA Golf Day - March 2013

Monday, 4 March 2013 saw the IPA and IWIRC (Vic) combine to host the annual Golf Day which was held at the prestigious Commonwealth Golf Club. The IPA hosted the 18 hole event which teed off at midday. This was followed by the Golf Clinic hosted by IWIRC (Vic).

The weather was particularly kind – a beautiful mid-30’s sunny day. Attendees enjoyed a light lunch, refreshing fruit platters and drinks at the bar followed by pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the evening. Special thanks to the 18-hole Sponsors: Dominion Group, Macquarie Bank & Jones Lang LaSalle and to Blue Broking who kindly sponsored the Golf Clinic. Congratulations to Zoran Gorgievski on being awarded the longest putt and nearest to the pin during the clinic.

 

IWIRC Wine Tasting - March 2013

In March 2013 IWIRC (Vic) hosted their first ever wine tasting evening at Wine House, Southbank. The 75 members and guests enjoyed sampling a number of top Australian wines and tasting the delicious food on offer.  Thank you to Slattery Auctioneers for supporting and sponsoring this event.