Professional review awards

Recipients of an ICE award

In order to celebrate the achievements of those who've completed their professional review, we offer a number of awards.

ICE has three awards for newly qualified members. These awards go to members who show an exceptional standard of civil engineering knowledge in their Member or Chartered Professional Review.

The awards are:

  • The James Rennie Medal – for the best Chartered Professional Review candidate
  • The Renee Redfern Hunt Prize – for the best written exercise produced at Chartered or Member Professional Review
  • The Tony Chapman Medal – for the best Member Professional Review candidate of the year

We also nominate a recently chartered female member to represent ICE for the Karen Burt Award, which is run by the Women's Engineering Society.

James Rennie Award

The James Rennie Medal recognises the best Chartered Professional Review candidate of the year. It's open to candidates who have passed their review the year before the medal is awarded.

Who was James Rennie?

James Rennie was a well-known civil engineer. He passionately believed that to work in civil engineering you need in-depth and thorough training. This is not only in design, but also in programming and planning construction work.

Rennie spent most of his 70-year career carefully tutoring his pupils to make them great civil engineers. Former ICE President Douglas Oakervee was one of these pupils.

After his death in 1994, ICE created the James Rennie medal. It celebrates Rennie's commitment to training young engineers and encouraging them to become ICE members.

What is the James Rennie Medal?

The James Rennie Medal promotes the achievements of newly qualified chartered civil engineers. The competition was first held in 1996 and is won by the best Chartered Professional Review candidate.

Professional reviewers nominate candidates who show outstanding qualities in their review and really promote developments in civil engineering. Their project reports and presentations also need to show they thoroughly understand engineering design and construction principles.

Each finalist presents their report and participates in a lively question and answer session with the audience and judging panel. The winner is announced on the night.

Winners receive the James Rennie Medal and £1,000, which are presented at the ICE Annual Awards Ceremony. All three finalists also get a certificate and the chance to have their reports published in an ICE journal.

Previous winners:

  • 2015 - Joe Berrisford
  • 2014 – Sam Reed
  • 2013 – Charles Brooks
  • 2012 – Eamonn Slevin
  • 2011 – Kajiura Hisanao

The James Rennie 2015 finalists and winner.

Got a question?

If you've got a question on the James Rennie Medal, our awards coordinator is here to help.

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Karen Burt Award

The Karen Burt Award goes to a high-calibre female who is a recently chartered engineer, applied scientist or IT professional.

This award, which commemorates Dr Karen Burt, is given by the Women's Engineering Society.

Who was Karen Burt?

Dr Karen Burt was a respected physicist and a member of the Women's Engineering Society. She campaigned tirelessly for women to have careers in science and engineering. Her experience and extensive research helped women working in engineering to manage their career breaks and return to work.

Can I be nominated?

Yes, if you:

  • Are a female chartered member
  • Have passed your Professional Review
  • Are nominated by your reviewers

Nomination process

ICE reviewers nominate one candidate for the Karen Burt Award, based on their commitment to promoting the profession. The finalist is then selected to represent ICE for the award.

Previous winners:

  • 2015 - Helen Randell, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • 2014 - Elaine Greaney, Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • 2013 – Professor Molly Stephenson, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • 2012 – Kate Cooksey, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • 2011 – Dr Gemma Watling, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Meet the 2015 winner

Meet the 2015 winner

Helen Randell
Helen Randell, winner of the 2015 Karen Burt Award

The Women's Engineering Society (WES) selected ICE’s nominee Helen Randell as the winner of the 2015 Karen Burt award . Helen worked for Interserve Construction Ltd when she became a Chartered Engineer in Spring 2015. She has had a variety of experience including work on the Hereford and Worcestershire Energy from Waste Scheme as the Temporary Works Co-Ordinator.

Helen said: "I am thrilled and honoured to receive the prestigious Karen Burt Award from WES. I feel extremely fortunate that my love of problem solving has formed the basis of my rewarding career where I can point to a finished project and say I did that! I really enjoy having the opportunity to share my experiences so far with other young women and hope to encourage and inspire others to join the exciting and ever changing world of engineering where we really can make a difference.”

Renee Redfern Hunt Prize

This prize is awarded for the best written exercise produced during the Chartered or Member Professional Review session.

Who was Renee Redfern Hunt?

Miss Renee Redfern Hunt MBE was a devoted Examinations Officer at ICE from 1945 – when professional interviews were introduced – until her death in 1981. The award was created in her memory.

Can I be nominated?

Yes. If you have passed your Chartered or Member Professional Review. To be nominated, candidates must have a well-structured argument in their written exercises. They also need a high-standard of clear, concise written English. Nominations are made by reviewers from each review session.

Prizes

The winner is awarded £100 and presented with a certificate at the ICE Annual Awards Ceremony. Nominees' names are published in the NCE/NCEI magazines and on the ICE website. The winner also gets the opportunity to have their work published in an ICE journal.

Previous winners:

  • Spring 2015 - David Woodhead
  • Autumn 2014 - Rebecca Harry
  • Spring 2014 – Andrew Hull
  • Autumn 2013 – Natalie Cropp
  • Spring 2013 – Isabel Mostyn
  • Autumn 2012 – No winner selected
  • Spring 2012 – Matthew Gouldby

Got a question?

If you've got a question on the Renee Redfern Hunt Prize, our awards coordinator is here to help.

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Tony Chapman Medal

The Tony Chapman Medal is awarded to the best Member Professional Review candidate.

This award promotes the role of newly qualified incorporated members (IEng). It's open to all applicants who passed their review in the year before the medal was awarded.

Who was Tony Chapman?

Tony Chapman (1948-2004) worked hard to promote ICE incorporated members. He was a member of the ICE Council, Finance Committee and Professional Development Committee. He also chaired the Building Committee.

Tony was also a former Chairman of the Board of Incorporated Engineers and Technicians, and played an important role when it was integrated into ICE. He was also an ICE reviewer.

Nomination process

Reviewers nominate candidates who have:

  • Shown a passion and enthusiasm for civil engineering
  • Continually taken part in ICE activities
  • Contributed to the profession
  • Outstanding qualities in all attributes

This year's final

This year's final took place at One Great George Street on 21 January 2016 and three finalists have been selected. Three candidates were shortlisted and presented their review project reports to a judging panel at the final.

Gavin Noble

Gavin Noble IEng MICE
Gavin Noble IEng MICE

Gavin completed a BSc in Civil Engineering from Ulster University in 2005.

Prize

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

Previous winners:

  • 2013 – Lindsay Tassell IEng MICE
  • 2012 – Claire Parrott IEng MICE

During his studies he worked for J.Sisk & Sons and Graham Construction. He then joined Lagan Construction and Laing O'Rourke once he had graduated and now works for Volker Fitzpatrick as a Senior Project Manager.

Gavin is responsible for the budget, planning and co-ordination of earthworks and structures renewal projects within Network Rail's Anglia Route Collaboration.

Gavin says, "I am honoured to have been shortlisted for the Tony Chapman medal. It makes me feel very proud that my contribution to civil engineering has been recognised by my fellow peers."

Alan Williams

Alan Williams IEng MICE
Alan Williams IEng MICE

Alan finished a BSc (hons) in (Environmental) Civil Engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2003.

Alan is a Principal Engineer at Jacobs Engineering, based in Glasgow within the Energy, Waste and Water (EWW) Business Unit, although he is currently on secondment to Scottish Water as an Intervention Manager, progressing current investment period SR15 projects through Scottish Water's Intervention Definition Process (IDP).

His responsibilities within the West of Scotland area include the Project Management of numerous water-related projects through IDP.

Alan commented, "I am deeply humbled and honoured to have made the final three for the Tony Chapman Medal. I hope that this can inspire an encourage others who want to pursue their own professional qualification."

Ivik Masek

Ivik Masek IEng MICE
Ivik Masek IEng MICE

Ivik emerged as the winner of this year's final. He studied part time at Leeds Beckett University achieving a First-Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering in 2014.

He joined Alwyn Richards Ltd in 2005 and developed his skills over ten years to become a specialist in scaffold design, becoming passionate about improving professionalism within the scaffolding industry.

He currently works for 48.3 Scaffold Design Ltd in 2015 as a Principal Engineer and Director. His responsibilities include leading the company in engineering and design delivery, business strategic direction and the performance of the Leeds office.

Ivik says, “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected as a finalist for the Tony Chapman Medal. It has given me further determination to inspire others working in my field to become professionally qualified, continuously learn and improve.” Ivik said: "When I was selected as one of three finalists, I was delighted and honoured but also had a burning desire to win such a prestigious award. Napoleon Hill said that the starting point of all achievements is desire and I'm a firm believer in this philosophy. I am very grateful to my Professional Review sponsors and the two Reviewers that nominated me. They gave me an opportunity to demonstrate my passion for temporary works and to give the Judging Panel an insight into the world of scaffolding."

"I celebrated with my wife and three young children. It was a wonderful feeling to see them dancing around the house and made this achievement even more memorable. Being awarded the Tony Chapman Medal has given me further determination to inspire others working in my field to become professionally qualified, continuously learn and improve."

Got a question?

If you've got a question on the Tony Chapman Award, our awards coordinator is here to help.

e: awards@ice.org.uk
t: +44 (0)20 7665 2170

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