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:

  • 2018 - George Scott
  • 2017 - Joseph Maltezos
  • 2016 - Olivia Perkins
  • 2015 - Joe Berrisford
  • 2014 – Sam Reed
  • 2013 – Charles Brooks
  • 2012 – Eamonn Slevin
  • 2011 – Kajiura Hisanao

James Rennie Medal 2019

The winner

Stephen Thompson CEng MICE

The James Rennie Medal panel is delighted to announce that Stephen Thompson was chosen as this year's winner.

On being chosen, Stephen said,

“Winning this award is a tremendous honour. I hope my presentation can help empower Civil Engineers to continue to be the leaders in an area of expanding digital technology.”


The view from the James Rennie Medal panel

Alasdair MacLennan, chair of the James Rennie Medal panel said,

“The James Rennie Final again produced excellent presentations from each of the three Finalists, covering a range of projects.

"All three presented well and fended questions from the Judging Panel and the audience of almost 200. The winner was Stephen Thompson, a senior structural engineer with Arup. His Ocado Project demonstrated his expertise in digital engineering with his design of an operational grid structure in aluminium capable of supporting the random loading from robots.”

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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:

  • 2018 – Susan Deeny, Institution of Fire Engineers
  • 2017 – Madeleine Jones, Institute of Chemical Engineering
  • 2016 – Clare Lavelle, Energy Institute
  • 2015 - Helen Randell, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • 2014 - Elaine Greaney, Institute of Engineering and Technology

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.


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 2020 - Christopher Short
  • Autumn 2019 - Tina Gunnarsson
  • Spring 2019 - No winner
  • Autumn 2018 - Alice Elizabeth Ridgway
  • Spring 2018 – Liam Barnett
  • Autumn 2017 – Edward Barnard
  • Spring 2017 – Yin Shan Ho

2020 Renee Redfern Hunt Prize

The 2020 Renee Redfern Hunt Prize was won by Christopher Short, for his written exercise of "Drawing on your experience in the delivery of the "Global Clinic", discuss how civil engineers, through their application of leadership, judgement and technical skills, could promote design and construction of affordable healthcare facilities in developing countries.”

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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


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

This year's final

This year’s final took place at One Great George Street on 23 January 2020. Three candidates were shortlisted and gave a presentation on their Member Professional Review to a judging panel at the final.

Kanan Garayev IEng MICE

Kanan Garayev

Kanan graduated from University College London in 2016 with a first-class BEng Hons in Civil Engineering.

He now works at Keller as a Contracts Engineer responsible for the development, implementation and management of geotechnical projects, overseeing jobs from contract negotiation to completion. His role includes operational and commercial management of contracts, site supervision, project planning and the management of health, safety and quality.

Kanan says: "I am very proud and very lucky to have been shortlisted for the Tony Chapman Medal. It was totally unexpected, and I am grateful for the opportunity to once again show my passion for civil engineering. Being nominated for the award is a great addition to the newly obtained ICE Membership. I am thankful to people who have supported me along the way."

Michael Mathieson IEng MICE

Michael Mathieson

Michael works in the water division at Black and Veatch where he is responsible for producing and leading civil engineering technical designs for water treatment and water infrastructure projects.

He works with multi-disciplinary engineering teams and engages with clients and project stakeholders to deliver projects. Working in a design-build organisation he is responsible for producing designs which are safe and which promote ease of construction by liaising with contractors throughout the design process.

Michael says: “I am incredibly proud to have been accepted as an Incorporated Member of ICE and to be nominated for the Tony Chapman Medal. I am extremely grateful to my reviewers for the nomination and honoured to have the opportunity to present my submission to the ICE.”

Kelly McNee IEng MICE

Kelly McNee

Kelly graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Civil Engineering.

She now works as a Civil Engineer for Amey in their Highway Design team. Her main responsibilities include the delivery of alignment and junction designs for both new infrastructure projects and the upgrading of existing networks. Kelly has been involved in major Scottish and local authority infrastructure projects.

Kelly tells us: “I am delighted with my nomination for the Tony Chapman Medal. Having successfully gained Incorporated status, the recognition from my reviewers came as an unexpected but wonderful surprise.”

2020 Tony Chapman Medal winner

The Tony Chapman Medal panel is delighted to announce that Kelly McNee was chosen as this year's winner.

On being chosen, Kelly said,

"I was extremely proud to find out I had become an Incorporated Engineer and now to be awarded the Tony Chapman Medal is an honour and something I’ll treasure. I have been fortunate to gain amazing experience working on some interesting and challenging projects alongside great colleagues. I look forward to progressing towards becoming a Chartered member of the ICE and am truly delighted to be the 2020 Tony Chapman Medal winner.”

The view from the Tony Chapman Medal panel

Mike McGuire, one of the award judges, said: “Kelly impressed the judges with her sound engineering abilities. She was able to elaborate in detail on various engineering and management aspects of her experiences and her concerns and actions regarding health, safety and welfare matters reflected a mature and professional attitude. Her passion for civil engineering is clear through her efforts to promote the profession to young people and her work with Women in Engineering.

“Kelly was an excellent and articulate communicator able to confidently engage on a range of discussion topics. The judges have no doubt that Kelly will advance according to her ambitions and prove to be an excellent professional engineer and an ambassador for the profession.”


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

Previous winners

  • 2019 – Alex Gillespie IEng MICE
  • 2018 – Chris McGinness IEng MICE
  • 2017 – Thomas O'Connor IEng MICE
  • 2016 – Ivik Masek IEng MICE
  • 2015 – Thomas Moore IEng MICE
  • 2014 – Edward Scott IEng MICE
  • 2013 – Lindsay Tassell IEng MICE

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