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:

  • 2016 - Olivia Perkins
  • 2015 - Joe Berrisford
  • 2014 – Sam Reed
  • 2013 – Charles Brooks
  • 2012 – Eamonn Slevin
  • 2011 – Kajiura Hisanao

James Rennie Medal final 2017

Joseph Maltezos, from Laing O'Rourke, won the 2017 James Rennie Medal for his Chartered Professional Review report on Crossrail Tottenham Court Road.

Joseph Maltezos
Joseph Maltezos with ICE President Tim Broyd

Joseph was up against Neil Forsythe from the Environment Agency and Dominic Wright from Bechtel in the final. The three finalists were selected from 1,665 Chartered Professional Review candidates from 2016.

On winning the medal, Joseph said: "The James Rennie Medal Final was an amazing opportunity to present my work at Crossrail Tottenham Court Road and demonstrate how young engineers can have a positive impact on infrastructure projects of national importance.

Winning the James Rennie Medal, at this early stage of my career, is the greatest recognition I could imagine for my hard work and commitment to the industry. I hope this is a source of inspiration for all the young civil engineers to strive for excellence and become professionally qualified."

Joseph's winning presentation described his role on the C422 Crossrail Tottenham Court Road project, where he successfully led the construction and handover of two of the largest ventilation towers in the entire Crossrail scheme.

This year's final – sponsored by Arup, BAM Nuttall, Costain, Lagan Construction Group, Scottish Power Renewables and Skanska – was a competitive occasion and the judges were impressed.

Darren James, Chair of the Judges, said: "The quality of all three presentations was excellent and to pick a winner amongst them a difficult task. The finalists should all be justifiably proud of their performances. The judges however concluded that Joseph was a deserving winner from a very high calibre field."

Seán Harris, ICE's Director of Membership, agreed: "The audience was treated to one of the strongest and most polished competitions of recent years. Joseph narrowly edged the final with a hugely impressive briefing on the design and delivery of the ventilation towers for Crossrail.

The competition provides the stage for our country's brightest young engineers to demonstrate their knowledge, technical expertise and sense of team. It was a very special evening and one which allowed the positive in UK society to balance the tragic events unfolding in Westminster."

Watch the final online

If you missed the final, you can watch a recording

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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.


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

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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 26 January 2017 and three finalists have been selected. Three candidates were shortlisted and presented their Professional Review reports reports to a judging panel at the final.

Dorata Durazinska

Dorota Durazinska IEng MICE
Dorata Durazinska IEng MICE

Dorota graduated from the Polytechnic of Poznan in Poland in April 2002 with a BSc in Civil Engineering. She moved to the UK and in 2010 started her first civil engineering role as a Graduate Engineer for Osborne Ltd, working in the temporary works department in the Rail division.

In 2013 Dorota joined Network Rail and has gained varied experience working as Designated Project Engineer, responsible for providing engineering assurance and engineering support to help deliver complex engineering solutions in accordance with client requirements.

Dorota says, “I felt incredibly proud to have reached the final three of the 2017 Tony Chapman Medal.”

Grace Foster

Grace Foster IEng MICE
Grace Foster IEng MICE

Grace joined AECOM in 2012 having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University.

Since then, she has worked on a variety of highway related infrastructure projects for major clients including Highways England and Crossrail, through which she has developed a broad and comprehensive range of design skills.

Currently a Senior Engineer, Grace combines the leadership of several major junction improvements for Highways England with the application of her specialist knowledge in highways drainage and SUDS systems.

Grace commented, “Having already realised an early career ambition to become an Incorporated Engineer, I was absolutely thrilled to have been subsequently nominated for the Tony Chapman Medal.”

Thomas O'Connor

Thomas O'Connor IEng MICE
Thomas O'Connor IEng MICE

Thomas graduated in 2006 from the University of Dundee with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering.

He has since worked in both the oil and gas sector with Subsea 7 and Oceaneering, as well as local government with Galway County Council (Ireland) and his current employer Aberdeenshire Council.

As a Bridge Engineer in the Structures Division of Infrastructure Services, Thomas is responsible for the inspections of bridge structures and delivering the annual capital and revenue work programmes on time and within budget.

Thomas says, ‘’It was a great honour for me and Aberdeenshire Council to be nominated as a finalist for the Tony Chapman Medal. Engineers working on smaller scale projects, but which are of local importance, do not often get recognised, so I hope that my inclusion in the final can inspire others to become professionally qualified.’’

2017 Tony Chapman Medal winner

The Tony Chapman Medal panel is delighted to announce that Thomas O'Connor was chosen as this year's winner.


On being chosen, Thomas said, "It is a career highlight for me to win the Tony Chapman Medal. I would like to congratulate the other two finalists on their wonderful achievement of reaching the final.

I am very proud to work in the public sector as a civil engineer, and I am a passionate believer in the work and services that civil engineers deliver in local government. This award is also a great achievement for my organisation Aberdeenshire Council and highlights just one of the many valuable projects that are carried out in the area. I would like to thank my two reviewers who nominated me, my mentor and sponsors who were fantastic and helped me in my preparation for the review and the Final, and all my colleagues at Aberdeenshire Council and previous employers who have assisted me over the years.

A very special mention also to my wife who has provided me with great support during the review and final, whilst also looking after our 15 week old baby daughter. They gave me the inspiration to go forward and be confident with my views, and I dedicate the winning of the medal to them both.

Being awarded the Tony Chapman Medal has just added to my views and belief that the process of becoming professionally qualified is one of the greatest steps you can take as a civil engineer, and my future vision is to ensure that I can help other people reach their goals of being professionally qualified.’’

Chair of the Tony Chapman Medal Award Susan O’Neill commented:

“Thomas works for Aberdeenshire and his enthusiasm for his profession shone through in the discussion. We were also impressed by his commitment to providing an excellent public service and good value for money. A worthy winner.”

Previous winners:

  • 2016 – Ivik Masek IEng MICE
  • 2015 – Thomas Moore IEng MICE
  • 2014 – Edward Scott IEng MICE
  • 2013 – Lindsay Tassell IEng MICE

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