Women in Securitisation
Women in Securitisation (WIS) is a standing subcommittee of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF).
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Established in 2012, it seeks to assist the growth and success of the securitisation industry, particularly in relation to the contribution women can make. It provides women in securitisation with high-quality networking opportunities, raises awareness of issues affecting their professional advancement and encourages engagement from different levels of seniority.
Mission and beliefs
The ASF promotes diversity in securitisation and has strong representation of women from diverse firms on its governing national committee. Through its WIS subcommittee, the ASF aims to provide women in the securitisation industry with:
• High-quality networking opportunities.
• Awareness of issues affecting their professional advancement.
• Engagement from different levels of seniority.
• Market-leading mentoring opportunities.
The ASF launched its WIS group in 2012 with just 55 members. The number has grown to more than 800, indicative of the strong interest and support for the initiative. WIS members are located Australia-wide with an international member base that includes New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the US.
ASF membership is corporate-based and a full list of members can be found on the ASF website. Membership of the ASF enables contribution to the development of the securitisation industry. ASF corporate membership also entitles all employees to complimentary entry to member events and briefings, and discounted member rates on professional development courses specifically tailored to the securitisation market.
The ASF typically holds regular educational and networking events for its members, with the WIS networking and social events featuring women in leadership and other inspirational speakers proving popular. In June 2021, the ASF hosted a WIS lunch at the Fullerton Hotel in Sydney where more than 100 attendees heard from Anna Bligh, chief executive officer at the Australian Banking Association, on topics such as the pandemic, gender equality and women’s careers.
In July 2021, the ASF held a networking lunch for the WIS New Zealand chapter at Saint Alice in Auckland. Attendees heard from BNZ’s Christine Hickman about her journey in the securitisation industry.
Throughout the pandemic, WIS has hosted virtual coffee breaks, bringing members of the community together and enabling them to connect with peers for a casual online chat. These have been well attended and welcomed with the initiative recently expanding to the ASF’s New Zealand WIS chapter.
About the Australian Securitisation Forum
The ASF was formed in 1989 to promote the development of securitisation in Australia. As the peak industry body, the ASF focuses on promoting, protecting and strengthening the Australian and New Zealand securitisation and covered-bond markets. The ASF achieves this through advocacy, facilitating professional development and networking, building investor confidence and helping drive sustainable growth.
The ASF has more than 150 corporate members, based in Australia and overseas. Members include issuers, investors, trustees, credit rating agencies, accountancy firms, law firms, data vendors, and others involved in the securitisation value chain.
Mission and beliefs
The main objectives of the ASF are:
• Representing the interests of the securitisation market to regulators, government, the media and other stakeholders to achieve an environment that supports a robust and growing securitisation market.
• Leading consensus-building within the industry on issues of importance to support the sustainability and growth of the securitisation market.
• Providing a forum to promote the market to domestic and global investors and other stakeholders through seminars, conferences and resources.
• Informing and increasing the knowledge and skills of the securitisation community through delivering high-quality conferences, workshops and professional development programmes.
• Developing and implementing appropriate market standards and practices to enhance efficient operation, transparency and investor confidence in Australia’s securitisation market.