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The 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 via MS Teams on 25 February 2021. Three candidates were shortlisted and gave a presentation on their Technician Professional Review to a judging panel at the final.

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

Kayla Browne

Kayla Browne EngTech MICE

Kayla will graduate in 2023 with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering: Site Management.

For just over 3 years she has been working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel with Bam Nuttall ltd as part of the BMB Joint Venture, Kayla started as an Apprentice and is currently an Assistant Civil Engineer, soon to be Site engineer.

Kayla is responsible for managing her own small gang, ensuring the finish quality of the Tunnel meets the client’s specification. Kayla ensure’ s all checks sheets are completed, reviews daily checks that are carried out and recorded by the site team. When not in the tunnel, Kayla carries out surveying tasks for other teams and assists the quality team with handover packages.

“I am honoured to have been considered for the award, to be one of three is an amazing achievement and I am excited to have the chance to potentially be considered the best Technician Review Candidate for 2021.”

2022 Jean Venables Medal winner

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

On winning the 2022 Jean Venables Medal, Kayla says: "I am honoured to be this year's recipient of the Jean Venables Award.

Since I joined the industry, I have continued to learn and develop paving the way for me to become a qualified engineer. It has also enabled me to pass on my experience and knowledge to others I mentor.

In this industry you are continually learning, and it provides an environment to excel; pushing yourself to be the best you can be!

This is very much the start of my journey as a Civil Engineer, and I am delighted to have been recognised for my hard work, dedication and passion for the industry.

It goes without saying that I could not have achieved this goal if I did not have the continued support from others who have invested their time both personally and professionally. So, thank you to everyone who has helped me over the years, my EngTech Reviewers and the judging panel."

The view from the Jean Venables Medal panel

John Riding (Chair of JV Award) Quote: 'Kayla is an articulate and engaging engineer who clearly has a passion for civil engineering. She speaks with confidence on technical issues, has a firm career plan, and actively engages with the ICE, illustrated by her membership of the London G&S Committee. Kayla is a deserved winner in what proved to be a quality group of Jean Venables Award finalists.'

2021- Lee Rossiter
2020 - Kent Baxter
2019 - Mini Sreekumar
2018 - Greig Baxter
2017 - Chloe Etheridge

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