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ICE Wales Cymru


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

Celebrating outstanding civil
engineering achievements

Recognising individual achievement

ICE Wales Cymru runs awards and competitions which celebrate achievements and develop the skills of graduate engineers in the region. Find out more about them in the sections below and how you can get involved.

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

ICE Wales Cymru is delighted to announce that the Apprentice of the Year competition 2024 is now open!

If you are an apprentice and an ICE Wales Cymru member don't miss this unique opportunity.

By winning this Award you will open the door to so many avenues which will aid you in your career:

  • The accolade of winning - you will be promoted as winner on ICE Wales Cymru social media and eNewsletters
  • You will be involved in ICE campaigns/ events throughout the year to raise your profile
  • You will receive a monetary prize
  • You will receive your Award at the prestigious annual Awards event sponsored by Griffiths at the Marriott Hotel later this year
  • You will meet high profile individuals in the civil engineering industry during your winning year

Full details of the competition and entry rules can be found below:

Download the information pack.

Download the entry form.

Deadline for entries is midnight on Wednesday 01 May 2024.

Sponsored by

South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust has as its aim the encouragement and advancement of the sciences and practices of engineering and technology. It does so through sponsorship for projects and programmes of individuals and organisations.

Also supported by Industry, ICE Wales Cymru Apprentice of the Year is awarded for excellence in both professional and academic study undertaken by apprentices of the Wales Apprenticeship Alliance, a collaboration between ICE Wales Cymru, Welsh Government – Transport and Apprenticeship Divisions, Arcadis and SWIEET.

Last year’s winner
Dominic Henson
Dominic (right) receives his award from Philip Hourahine, SWIEET (centre) and Eleri Sion, Radio and TV Presenter and Host of the ICE Wales Cymru Awards 2023 (left)

Dominic did the double last year winning the coveted Award for the second year running. He impressed the judges with his continued high work ethic increasing his knowledge to show continual development and understanding of civil engineering.

Over the past year Dominic has experienced a wealth of activities from being involved in ICE campaigns to highlight and encourage others into the industry, to meeting leaders in civil engineering, invitations to meetings and site visits and taking part in the annual Awards dinner where he was presented with this trophy.

Dominic now wants to encourage others to enter and receive the same opportunities as he has been fortunate to experience. He said: “I’d encourage ICE apprentices in Wales to enter this competition as it is an impressive accolade to add to your CV and acknowledges your efforts in the workplace.”

Director ICE Cymru Wales, Keith Jones said: “Apprentices are vital to the future of civil engineering and Dominic is a shining example of what can be achieved if you involve yourself and continue learning. I urge ICE apprentices in Wales to enter not only to get recognition for their hard work, but also to open the door to so many amazing opportunities for their future career”

The Ben Barr Award is presented to an engineer, living or working in Wales, who has demonstrated exceptional qualities during their Professional Review the previous year (2021 for 2022). This might be in their use of engineering principles, knowledge of construction, and in the design and construction of temporary or permanent works.

There are normally three categories - CEng MICE, IEng MICE and EngTech MICE. Candidates are nominated by their two reviewers and a winner is chosen from the shortlist.

The Ben Barr Award is named after a former chairman of ICE Wales Cymru and is sponsored by Symmons Madge Associates.

Recent winner

This year’s Ben Barr Award has been presented to Adam Taylor, a Highway Drainage Lead at AECOM, Cardiff.

Taylor impressed the judges with his knowledge of design and its application, authoring part of the new Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) and the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works (MCHW), drainage standards for National Highways.

Adam Taylor
Adam Taylor, winner for 2023

Taylor is currently engaged across Wales delivering flood alleviation schemes.

He said: “It’s’ an honour to receive the ICE Wales Cymru Ben Barr Award for 2023. Achieving chartered status with the Institution has been a long held goal; to receive this recognition from my reviewers and peers is the highlight of my career to date.”

Keith Jones, director, ICE Wales Cymru said: “My congratulations go to Adam who has shown great foresight in applying his knowledge to the standards followed by the industry. I hope the recognition which comes from winning this award will lead to future such achievements”.

Supported by

Symmons Madge Associates Ltd (SMA), providing high quality training and professional development support to the engineering and construction industries since 1990.

The Paterson Prize is awarded for the best Communication Task by a Welsh candidate in their final ICE Professional Review. Nominations for this prestigious Award are coveted as candidates are recommended solely by the reviewers.

The Paterson Prize was historically awarded by the Institution of Municipal Engineers in honour of Colonel James Paterson OBE (1886 – 1985).

Recent winner

This year the ICE Wales Cymru Paterson Prize has been won by Tara Sirati, a chartered senior geotechnical engineer for Jacobs, Cardiff. Tara was recognised by her reviewers for her excellence in the Awards communications task and commended on the extent of her professional commitment and her clear understanding of the attributes required in the Review.

Tara Sirati
Tara Sirati, winner for 2023

The Prize will be presented at the prestigious ICE Wales Cymru Award Gala Dinner at the Marriott Hotel, Cardiff on 22 September 2023. 


The Paterson Prize was historically awarded by the Institution of Municipal Engineers in honour of Colonel James Paterson OBE (1886 – 1985).

This prize was initiated by the Colonel to celebrate the best Welsh candidate in the final written examinations of the former Institution of Municipal Engineers. Upon his death, his widow provided financial support to sustain a memorial prize in his honour. Nominations for the Paterson Prize are submitted by reviewers during the ICE Professional review Examinations, and the prize is awarded to the candidate who produced the best written assignment during their review.

The STEMM award honours an ICE member who has shown outstanding commitment to the industry by giving their time to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

Recent winner

A passion to work with under-represented groups, particularly females and those from low socio-economic backgrounds, has led to Ellie Thomas being named not only ICE Wales Cymru STEMM Ambassador of the Year but also as this years’ Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) UK STEM Ambassador of the Year 2023.

Ellie, graduate civil engineer at Atkins and chair of the ICE Early Careers Network Wales, took the title as, in the judge’s opinion, her work had helped all her students realise their full potential. Encouraging colleagues to become STEM ambassadors, mentoring students and organising school events were noted to have shown all pupils they have role models in the field and was deserved of the Award.

Ellie will be presented with her prize at the ICE Wales Cymru 2023 Awards ceremony (sponsored by Griffiths) at the Marriott Hotel on 22 September.

Ellie Thomas
Ellie Thomas, winner for 2023

Ellie said: “I am delighted to have been recognised for the work I have been doing with the ICE and within Atkins to improve STEMM outreach and impact. STEMM outreach is hugely important to me as I am passionate about reducing inequality in the industry so that we have a diverse workforce to solve the problems of the future and so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed”.

Director ICE Cymru Wales, Keith Jones said: “I am aware of the excellent work and dedication Ellie continuously puts into her work as a STEMM ambassador in Wales. We are therefore proud and delighted that she has been awarded this accolade. It not only highlights her personally but also the invaluable work she does, encouraging those from disadvantaged backgrounds to strive for the best in their careers”.

The STEM Ambassador of the Year 2023 in Wales is sponsored by Cambrensis Civil Engineering Ltd.

Get involved in 2024

If you are carrying out STEMM activities in the ICE Wales Cymru area why not enter this competition next year and get the recognition you deserve!

Watch out for the 2024 competition details on this web page or contact [email protected] for further details of the background to the Award and entry requirements.

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Emerging Engineers Award

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