NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, who for 12 months has steered the state through the COVID-19 pandemic, has been named the NSW Premier's Woman of the Year.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the accolade at a breakfast in Sydney on Wednesday.
"Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Chant has been a familiar face, offering vital health information for our state in addition to years of service to the health sector," Ms Berejiklian said.
"Dr Chant is a role model, especially for women, and has absolutely excelled in her chosen field to affect lasting change."
Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said Dr Chant was "an inspiration for all women".
"Her leadership and dedication to her job ensured NSW was kept safe. Her work has been applauded around the world," Ms Taylor said.
2021 Women of the Year Award winners are:
* NSW Premier's Woman of the Year Award - Dr Kerry Chant
* Woman of Excellence Award - Dr Kerry Chant
* Regional Woman of the Year Award - Grace Brennan
* Cancer Institute NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award - June Riemer
* Aware Super NSW Community Hero of the Year Award - Jean Vickery
* Harvey Norman NSW Young Woman of the Year Award - Dr Samantha Wade
* The One To Watch Award - Molly Croft
Australian Associated Press