Jean Venables Medal

The Jean Venables Medal is presented annually to the best Technician Professional Review (TPR) candidate.

The aim of this medal is to promote the awareness of the role of newly qualified Engineering Technicians. It is open to all applicants who have passed their TPR in the previous year to when the medal is awarded.

Who is Jean Venables?

The medal is named after Jean Venables who was the ICE President from 2009 to 2010. Jean contributed significantly in raising the profile of our Technician members and still continues to contribute significantly to this initiative.

Nomination process

Reviewers will nominate potential recipients(s) for the medal based on whether the candidate:

  • Exhibited a passion and enthusiasm for civil engineering
  • Demonstrated an ongoing participation in ICE activities
  • Enhanced the profession of civil engineering
  • Outstanding qualities in all attributes

Three candidates will be shortlisted annually and are each invited to present a project report to a judging panel at the final.


The winner receives £500 and is presented with the Jean Venables Medal at the ICE Annual Awards Ceremony.

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2015 winner and finalists

This year’s final took place on 20 January 2015 at the ICE headquarters in London. The three finalists who competed for the 2015 Jean Venables medal were:

Gareth Davies EngTech TMICE

Gareth graduated from Leeds College of  Building in 2013 with a HND in Civil Engineering.

Since graduating, Gareth has been employed by Jagger Construction Services Ltd  and is currently a Project Manager. His responsibilities include liaising with the public as well as council engineers, programming newly awarded projects, allocating resources for projects, ordering materials, settling out, invoicing and creating valuations for projects. He also performs cost analysis for ongoing projects and is responsible for all Health, Safety and Environmental requirements on site.

In winning the 2015 Jean Venables Medal Gareth says "I was shocked and elated to have found myself the winner of the Jean Venables medal. It demonstrates my competence as an engineer within the construction industry, opening doors allowing me to further my career. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my review allowing me to become a technician member of the ICE."

Brett Holmes EngTech TMICE

Brett graduated from Stephenson College in 2014 with a HND in Civil Engineering through BAM Nuttall's Academy Programme.

Brett has worked for BAM Nuttall since 2007 starting as an operative and is now working as an Assistant Engineer setting out the road widening on the M1 junction 39-42 SMART Motorway Scheme.

On being nominated for the final three candidates Brett says, “I am so proud to be a technician member of the ICE and to be in the final 3 for the Jean Venables Medal is incredible, I’m overwhelmed.”

Lewis Brown EngTech TMICE

Lewis graduated from Glasgow College of Building and Printing in 2003 with a HND in Construction Management.

Lewis has been employed with Network Rail since 2004 where he began as a Trainee Civil Engineer. He is currently an Asset Protection Engineer and provides engineering advice and support to outside party organisations whilst ensuring the safety and operation of the railway on a variety of projects.

On being selected for the final Lewis says, “I am very grateful to have been nominated by my reviewers for the Jean Venables Award. It is an honour to be given this opportunity and I would like to thank all those who have contributed to my personal and professional development and supported me over the years.”

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Previous winners

Previous JVM winners are:

  • 2014 Tom Moore
  • 2013 Richard Bamford
  • 2012 Conor Glover

More information

For further information on the Jean Venables Medal please contact the Awards Coordinator on +44 (0)20 7665 2170 or at