Jirsch Sutherland has expanded its team of registered liquidators, with Newcastle-based Emma Mos receiving her Registered Liquidator Number.
Ms Mos, a senior manager at the firm, graduated from the University of Bath in England with a Master of Mathematics (1st Class Honours), and has significant experience working across a variety of industries including engineering, retail, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality.
With women making up less than 10 per cent out of Australia’s 659 registered liquidators, Ms Mos said she is keen to see more female representation in the traditionally male dominated insolvency sector.
“I was looking at the statistics recently, and of the circa 650 registered liquidators, only around 50 of those are female. It’s a scary statistic,” said Ms Mos.
“It really baffles me that there are so few female registered liquidators in Australia, though it’s the same in England.
“When I joined the UK firm Bishop Fleming back in 2005, I was the first female professional insolvency specialist they’d hired.”
While Ms Mos said the insolvency sector may no longer be regarded as the “old boys club” it once was, she believes the industry has a while to go to address the gender imbalance.
“Is it a cultural hangover from days gone by? The balance is definitely changing in the graduate space, which in some cases is seeing women outnumber men, but I’m not sure why they don’t make it further up the corporate ladder,” said Ms Mos.
“Women bring a different set of skills and it would be great to see more of them hold senior leadership positions in the sector.”