Technician awards and competitions

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Make the most of your ICE technician membership by applying for awards and competitions. They're a great way of adding to your CPD and helping you to make your mark.

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Jean Venables Medal

This award promotes the role of newly qualified engineering technicians.

Candidates are put forward by their reviewers for showing exceptional qualities in their Technician Professional Review. Three are shortlisted and asked to present to a judging panel.

The winner receives £500 and is presented with the Jean Venables Medal at ICE's Annual Awards Ceremony.

Jean Venables was ICE President from 2009 to 2010. She made a great contribution to raising the profile of technician members in her time as president, and still works hard promoting them.

This year's final

This year's final took place at One Great George Street on 26 January 2017. Three candidates were shortlisted and gave a presentation on their review to a judging panel.

George Maclean

George Maclean
George Maclean EngTech MICE

George joined WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff as an apprentice in August 2011, studying part time for a HND in Civil Engineering in the Built Environment which he completed in the summer of 2016.

He is now a Civil Engineering Technician within Transportation & Development, responsible for collating traffic flow data, which he then manipulates and inputs into modelling software to understand the existing situation at a given junction. He then uses the outputs from this, combined with the existing geometrical parameters, to understand the current conditions and the required improvements.

George says, “To have been shortlisted for the final three of this award has filled me with a great sense of pride. It has put into perspective how far I have progressed as an individual during my 5 years of working within the industry and reminds me of all the people and projects that have helped me get to where I am today.”

Chloe Etheridge

Chloe Etheridge
Chloe Etheridge EngTech MICE

Chloe began her four year Advanced Apprenticeship in October 2012 with BAM Nuttall. She has since completed a National Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment, a Level 3 NVQ in Construction Contracting Operations and a Level 5 HND in Civil Engineering – all whilst gaining invaluable site experience.

She is now a Site Engineer for BAM Nuttall, working on the Crossrail Farringdon Station project in London where she has been involved in all elements of constructing a new station and SCL tunnels.

Chloe commented, “Jean Venables is an inspiring role model for young females within the industry. I felt very humbled and excited to be a finalist for the Jean Venables Medal.”

Andreea Ioana Guriuc

Andreea Ioana Guriuc
Andreea Ioana Guriuc EngTech MICE

Andreaa graduated in June 2013 from the Faculty of Geodesy and Land Surveying at the Technical University Gheorghe Asachi Iasi, Romania and achieved the qualification of Engineer in the domain of Geodetics Engineering. She is currently in the process of completing an MEng in Geomatics and Cartography at the same University.

She started her career in civil engineering in March 2015 with Natta Building Company, where she now works as an engineer. Her main responsibilities are to programme and monitor the works, plan resources, liaise with clients and to train other graduate engineers.

Andreaa says, “I was very proud to be shortlisted for the Jean Venables award. It was confirmation for me that I have taken the right path and the passion and enthusiasm I have for my profession will enable me to have an exciting and rewarding career. It has been the best start I could have hoped for in my journey with the Institution of Civil Engineers.”

2017 Jean Venables Medal winner

The Jean Venables Medal panel is delighted to announce that Chloe Etheridge was chosen as this year's winner.

On being chosen, Chloe said, "I am elated and honoured to have been awarded the Jean Venables Medal. Jean Venables is an inspiring role model for engineers within the industry and I am proud to have won this award in her name. It is a career milestone for me and I believe it demonstrates my commitment and competence as a civil engineer. I am very grateful that my reviewers nominated me and I would like to thank those who contributed to my successful review."

The chair of the Jean Venables Award, Crawford Munro, said:

“The selection panel were particularly impressed by Chloe's enthusiasm, together with her confidence and ability to discuss her work in a knowledgeable manner. She outlined her role on Crossrail and revelled in working underground away from home, on night shift and in charge of a tunnel lining team demonstrating strong leadership qualities.”

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Meet a previous winner - Gareth Davies

"I was shocked and elated to have found myself the winner of the Jean Venables medal. It demonstrates my competence as an engineer within the construction industry, opening doors allowing me to further my career. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my review allowing me to become a technician member of the ICE."

Eloise Plunkett Award

The QUEST Eloise Plunkett award is opento newly qualified female ICE members who were successful at their Professional Review in 2017. The award gives funding of up to £2500  for travel with a civil engineering focus. Travel must be between April and December 2018.

This award is named in memory of Eloise Plunkett, a young civil engineer with a passion for travel and civil engineering, who tragically died in 2002

Apply now

Applications are open between 10 July and 22 January 2018. Complete the application form and reference form and return by email before 22 January 2018.

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If you have any questions, please contact the QUEST Coordinator on +44 (0)20 7665 2193 or email

Previous winners

Applications are currently closed and will reopen in July 2017.

  • 2017 - Jen Sampson travelled to Canada and the USA
  • 2016 - Jane Hancock travelled to Nepal
  • 2015 - Harriet Kirk travelled to central Africa
  • 2014 - Divindy Grant travelled to South America
  • 2013 - Kate Cooksey travelled to North America

If you have any questions, please contact the QUEST Coordinator on +44 (0)20 7665 2114 or at

Got a question?

If you've got a question about the Eloise Plunkett Award, or aren't sure about something then let us know.

t: 44 (0)20 7665 2193

Meet a recent winner - Jen Sampson

Jen Sampson
Jen Sampson, winner of the 2017 Eloise Plunkett Award

Jen is a dam engineer working for Atkins in Scotland and is passionate about developing sustainable engineering solutions.

Her QUEST funding will enable a three month trip to Canada and the US to blog about engineering and development of the natural and built environment. She hopes her blog will show how engineering is vital in our lives, to enthuse and inspire others – particularly young women – to consider a career in engineering.

She says, "It is often said that engineering is all around us, but do non-engineers know what we mean? I want to share my enthusiasm for exploration and what can be achieved."

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