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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Use the tabs below to find out more about the awards available to newly qualified technician members.

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 23 January 2020. Three candidates were shortlisted and gave a presentation on their Technician Professional Review to a judging panel at the final.


Kent Baxter EngTech MICE

Kent Baxter

With over 30 years of experience working in construction, Kent is an Assistant Contract Manager for Ringway Infrastructure Services, where he heads up the Structures Division on the Wiltshire Term Maintenance Contract.

He has gained a number of qualifications throughout his career, and worked for organisations including FM Conway Ltd, Ringway Infrastructure Services, Balfour Beatty, Hochtief, Carillion as well as being self-employed.

Kent says: “To reach the final three candidates for the Jean Venables Award is the cherry on the cake of being accepted into the ICE. It has taken almost 20 years since I first approached the ICE and I am really pleased to have finally got there.”

Rhiannon Evans EngTech MICE

Rhiannon Evans

Rhiannon is currently studying part-time for a BEng in Civil Engineering at Coventry University, having begun her engineering career 2 and a half years ago at Atkins.

She recently joined the Streets team at AECOM as a Technician and is currently involved with the detailed design of the Sprint (Bus Rapid Transit) project in Birmingham – an exciting role for Rhiannon in a project which will improve public transport in the local area.

Rhiannon tells us: “I was pleased to have gained the EngTech qualification last year. Being nominated for the Jean Venables Award was a bonus; I have been working hard to develop my engineering skills after having changed careers in 2017.”

Jordan Woods EngTech MICE

Jordan Woods

Jordan graduated in September 2019 with an HND in Construction and the Built Environment, achieved through BAM Nuttall’s apprenticeship programme.

He is currently employed as a site engineer within their rail division and has worked on site on a number of projects including one involving the installation of a complex rail bridge. Jordan has also recently gained some pre-construction experience as part of the team who developed the successful tender for the CP6 Framework.

Jordan says: “I am very pleased to be shortlisted for the Jean Venables medal, which provides external recognition of the work I have done. In terms of my development journey I am already working towards IEng as part of an experiential learning pilot project with ICE.”

2020 Jean Venables Medal winner

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

On being chosen, Kent said, "I am absolutely delighted with the Jean Venables Medal Award. It has taken me a long time to become a member of the ICE. This award is the cherry on the cake with cream! To be recognised for your knowledge and experience within your day to day work is fantastic. Thank you so much."

The view from the Jean Venables Medal panel

John Beck, a judge for the medal, said: “Kent Baxter was an exceptional candidate in a very strong field. He demonstrated maturity of thought and displayed the ability to analyse situations encountered in his projects. Kent devised innovative solutions in design, the use of materials and the deployment of plant and labour resources to achieve cost-effective solutions. A deserving winner.”

Previous winners

2018 - Mini Sreekumar
2017 - Chloe Etheridge

Got a question?

If you've got a question about the Jean Venables Medal, or aren't sure about something then let us know.

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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 open to female ICE members or technician members, based in the UK who have qualified within 3 years of the application deadline. The Award gives funding of up to £2,500 for travel with a civil engineering focus. Travel must be between April and December 2020.

This award is funded by the Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust and named in memory of Eloise Plunkett, a young civil engineer with a passion for travel and civil engineering, who tragically died in 2002.

Find out more and apply

Applications for 2020 are now closed. We will reopen 13 July 2020 until 20 January 2021 for travel in 2021.

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

Previous winners

  • 2019 - Amy Wright travelled to East Africa
  • 2018 - Emma Parry travelled to Japan
  • 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

Got a question?

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

e: [email protected]
t: 44 (0)20 7665 2193

Meet a recent winner - Amy Wright

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Amy Wright, winner of the 2019 Eloise Plunkett Award

Amy has a passion for development engineering and previously worked in Malawi to install a hydropower and solar system to light a rural village. She will be using her QUEST funding to return to Africa to critically assess existing projects and see what lessons can be learnt. She will also travel to Kenya to work with Sanivation to assist them in the delivery of clean, safe and efficient sanitation services for urbanizing communities in East Africa and will visit Kibera, the world’s largest slum, to learn about infrastructure there.

Amy hopes to form long-term partnerships with organisations working on the ground; offering her technical knowledge and experience, whilst also learning about area-specific sustainable technology, management and construction methods.

Amy is a Chartered Civil Engineer who is currently working as a Bid Manager, she has previously worked as Senior Site Engineer on the Northern Spire Bridge in her home town of Sunderland and has also helped to deliver diverse projects including a shopping centre, schools, and a chemicals plant.