Anthea Kerr Award 

The Anthea Kerr Award is awarded in honour of Anthea Kerr who passed away suddenly at 38 years of age. At the time of Anthea’s death, she was an Assistant Director General at the Department of Finance and Services, a role which was the culmination of an outstanding career of over 16 years in the NSW public sector. Anthea was a wonderful mentor and a great supporter of the Young Professionals Network.

The award is to recognise future public sector leaders and will be awarded to a maximum of two individuals each year. It will be awarded to people who exhibit in their work a deep commitment to public sector values and identified leadership potential – attributes that Anthea exemplified throughout her working life.

The NSW Public Service Commission will offer the Anthea Kerr Award recipient an opportunity to undertake a set of accelerated bespoke development activities tailored to their needs. These activities should be undertaken between 12 – 18 months of the awarded date to support the winner in their career development. 

Below you will find details of some of the activities this award can offer (depending on development needs):

  • Participation in a full day executive development centre culminating in an individual report and debrief with the recipient and their mentor
  • A bespoke development program based on the outcome of the executive development centre and aspirations of the recipient
  • Access to a professional coach
  • Opportunity to attend an executive education program
  • A designated PSC contact to facilitate program elements


  • Judging criteria for Anthea Kerr Award

    Nominations for the Anthea Kerr Award must include a written reference answering the following three questions:

    1. Can you tell me how the person went above and beyond their role on the project and contributed to its success? 
      (Collaboration, stewardship, mentoring, analytical thinking, integrating information from multiple sources)
    2. What leadership qualities does this person possess and how do they inspire direction and purpose in others?
      (leadership, interpersonal skills, development of team, peers, leaders as role model)
    3. What aspirations does this person have and what is the potential for their leadership skills to be applied to future roles or in other teams or agencies?
      (mobility, adaptability, consistency)

    Nominations must include the contact details of two referees (one of the referees can be the individual who supplied the written reference to the above three questions). Nominations should be made to your agency or department's Awards Ambassador. Nominees must be under the age of 35 as of 1 July 2017.