LAKE Macquarie City Council's chief executive Morven Cameron won a prestigious award at the 2019 Minister's Awards for Women in Local Government on Thursday.
Ms Cameron took out the general manager/senior staff - regional or rural category, in recognition of her contribution to local government over a 20-year career.
Mayor Kay Fraser said Ms Cameron's positive style of leadership and collaborative approach empowered people across the organisation.
"Since Ms Cameron's appointment as CEO 18 months ago, the organisation has moved from a traditional hierarchical structure to a more flexible and collaborative one that enables staff to be more responsive in the way they work and serve their community," Cr Fraser said.
"Ms Cameron has challenged stereotypes to become the first CEO/general manager of Lake Macquarie City Council.
"She is a role model for women who aspire to leadership positions within the organisation, in local government and beyond."
Ms Cameron said she was honoured to receive the award.
"Local Government is an exciting and rewarding industry, and one I'm very passionate to be a part of," Ms Cameron said.
"I'm proud to be recognised alongside so many high achieving women as part of the Minister's Awards for Women in Local Government.
"I am also extremely proud to lead an organisation that actively embraces innovation and seizes the opportunity to change the way we work in order to deliver better outcomes for our community."
Council's customer service officer, Renee Keir, was highly commended in the women in traineeships or apprenticeships, rural/regional category for her role in promoting careers with Lake Macquarie City Council and in local government more broadly.
Cr Fraser said Lake Macquarie was lucky to have a number of women in leadership roles, who were great ambassadors for the organisation, the community and council's female colleagues.
"Ms Cameron and Ms Keir should be very proud of what they have achieved in their roles with council," Cr Fraser said.
"We are a progressive organisation and their work is helping make some incredible improvements to become more efficient, grow our visitor economy, and make sure that you, our customers, are at the centre of everything we do."
The awards were presented by Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, at a function in Parliament House.