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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 24 January 2019. Three candidates were shortlisted and gave a presentation on their Technician Professional Review to a judging panel at the final. The winner will be announced on Monday 28 January 2019.


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Mini Sreekumar EngTech MICE

Mini started working as a Technician in the Maintenance Section at Hampshire County Council in 2012. She joined the Strategic Transport Implementation Team in 2014 and completed an HNC Civil Engineering the following year.

Since then, Mini has been involved in the delivery of road improvement schemes ranging in value from £50k to several million. As a client, she defines the scope of schemes, organises resources, liaises with stakeholders and multi-disciplinary professionals to design, tender and implement the agreed schemes within budget and time frame, ensuring that the objectives of schemes are achieved.

Mini says: “I have been involved in promoting ICE through STEM and mentoring activities. I am extremely proud and delighted to be selected as a finalist for the Jean Venables Award.”

Stephanie Ball

Stephanie Ball EngTech MICE

Stephanie gained an MSc in Ecology and Conservation and now works as an Environmental Advisor for Highways England. Her role involves assessing the environmental impact of major highway civil engineering schemes, providing advice on policy compliance and the sufficiency of mitigation measures identified for the effects of construction and maintenance activities.

Stephanie’s understanding of engineering and environmental disciplines helps her to provide proportionate assessments, enabling the delivery of schemes which drive sustainable behaviours and help to ensure the longevity of our natural world and communities. She is also assisting with the re-write of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.

Learning of her nomination for the Jean Venables Medal, Stephanie told us: “I am honoured to have been shortlisted for this award and for the recognition the ICE has given me as a candidate with an academic background in an alternative field, and for my self-motivation to progress my professional career in engineering.”

Lauren Cunningham

Lauren Cunningham EngTech MICE

Lauren is an Undergraduate Highways Engineer at WSP. Having completed a BTEC Diploma in 2018 she is due to graduate with a BEng in Civil Engineering in 2023.

Her key responsibilities include ownership of highway design work on major projects delivered by Highways England as well as completing assignments and exams for her studies, utilising WSP resources to aid her professional development and maintaining a development record based on ICE’s criteria. Lauren is also Chair of the WSP ICE Forum, organising the delivery of presentations and workshops to her colleagues to provide opportunities for professional accreditation.

Lauren says: “I feel extremely privileged to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. Jean Venables has done amazing things to promote young engineers and I am very grateful for these opportunities. It was a fantastic feeling to achieve EngTech MICE, and this nomination is really the icing on the cake.”;

2019 Jean Venables Medal winner

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

On being chosen, Mini said, "I am extremely proud and delighted to have attained the Jean Venables Award, and am exceedingly grateful for the support received from the Hampshire County Council ICE Graduate Training Scheme, of which I was a participant. I hope that my experience will encourage those who have begun a career in Civil Engineering to follow a similar path with the ICE."

The view from the Jean Venables Medal panel

John Beck, chair of the Jean Venables Medal panel said, "The overall standard of the three 2019 Jean Venables medal shortlisted candidates was extremely high. All candidates impressed the judging panel and any one of them would have been a worthy winner.

However, it was Mini Sreekumar who impressed the judges most, in particular with her highly developed communication skills, which she put to good use in her professional life. A former teachers, she was a member of a strategic implementation team engaged on an overall £100 million local infrastructure development project. This was designed to remove traffic bottlenecks and ease growing congestion that was stifling the continued growth of a vibrant local economy.

Mini’s role was to work alongside the technical teams, interacting with numerous stakeholders, including the LEP, businesses and residents groups. This required not only fine diplomacy and communication skills but also a sound understanding of the drivers of the local economy and the many technical and environmental aspects of the various project phases.

She provided an inspiring example of the highly effective employment of both technical and non-technical skills, providing a real impact in delivering a project for the benefit of a local community."

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 are open now until 20 January 2020, for travel in 2020.

We need to receive both your application form and reference by this date.

Please complete an application form and send to [email protected].

Please have a referee complete a reference form and send to [email protected].

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.