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ICE East Midlands works to promote and celebrate the outstanding work of members. It organises awards to recognise exceptional projects, teamwork and individual excellence.

Recognising individual achievement

ICE East Midlands organises and supports awards that showcase the outstanding achievements of ICE members in the region.

Find out more about the awards and how you can enter.

The STEM Ambassador of the Year Award celebrates those who regularly give their time to inspire the next generation. The regional winner is put forward to the national ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year Award final the following year too. Entries are welcome as part of the annual East Midlands Merit Awards.

The prestigious William Kemp Award, is given to someone – not necessarily a civil engineer - who has made a sustained and exceptional contribution to civil engineering in the East Midlands over many years. The winner may not be a civil engineer, but will have made an outstanding contribution to the profession or certain aspects of it, such as design, research, education, investigation and management. Entries are welcome as part of the annual East Midlands Merit Awards.

Most recent winner

In 2022 the William Kemp Award was awarded to Dr Brian Counter, who started his 40-year civil engineering career with British Rail in the 1970s. Dr Counter is technical director of the Permanent Way Institution and a lecturer at the University of Derby.

By 1996, Dr Counter was regional director for rail maintenance at Balfour Beatty, leading a team of 900 engineers. Dr Counter gained his fellowship of ICE in 2001 and this year celebrates his 21st anniversary as an ICE Fellow.

In 2007, he joined the University of Derby, where he helped deliver their civil and construction engineering degrees. Three years later, he gained his MBA on railway infrastructure knowledge. In 2013, he was awarded a PhD on the development of innovative approaches to extend the life of railway track systems.

This award recognises outstanding achievements (either personal, professional or both) of a person who is studying civil engineering or employed in the industry in the East Midlands.

Awarded to all ICE membership grades, this may apply to someone in a team who has overcome a difficulty and still excelled at their project or studies. This person’s contributions to a project may have improved its outcome or delivery.

Entries are welcome as part of the annual East Midlands Merit Awards.

Emerging Engineers Award

The Emerging Engineers Award promotes and rewards excellence in the originality and communication of civil engineering ideas and research.