Kerry Chant named NSW top public servant

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NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, who's been at the forefront of the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been named the NSW Public Servant of the Year.

The 2020 Premier's Awards ceremony was hosted in Sydney on Wednesday night to recognise the exceptional work being done by outstanding public servants.

"Dr Chant is more than deserving of the Public Servant of the Year award for her ongoing efforts in keeping our community safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic," Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

Dr Chant has been the public face of NSW Health, regularly briefing the media with the latest information on the pandemic.

She has been in the role since 2008, making her NSW's longest-serving chief health officer.

Dr Chant has already been honoured this year with the UNSW Chancellor's Award for Exceptional Alumni Achievement.

She has held a range of senior positions in NSW Health since 1991 and now leads the Population and Public Health Division.

Dr Chant was previously awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours for outstanding public service to population health in NSW.