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Connecting communities in Rwanda: James Rennie Medal winner highlights benefit to society

10 September 2020

Tina Gunnarsson CEng MICE from Balfour Beatty has won the 2020 James Rennie Medal for her presentation on the Minigo Suspension Bridge in Rwanda.

Connecting communities in Rwanda: James Rennie Medal winner highlights benefit to society

Congratulations to Tina Gunnarsson CEng MICE from Balfour Beatty who has won the 2020 James Rennie Medal.

The James Rennie Medal recognises the best Chartered Professional Review candidate of the year. The three finalists competing for this year’s award - Aneeka Barmi CEng MICE, Tina Gunnarsson CEng MICE and Zuzanna Stone CEng MICE – were selected from over 1,200 Chartered Professional Reviews (CPR) and CPR (Progressive) that took place in 2019.

The final was contested online for the first time and broadcast to a record number of attendees from around the world. The event was compelling viewing and showcased a fascinating variety of civil engineering projects and experiences.

Creating positive changes

Tina gave an inspiring presentation outlining her work on the Minigo Suspension Bridge in Rwanda, clearly highlighting how the scheme helped to transform lives by safely connecting the local community to the school, hospital, markets and main roads.

On winning the medal and £1,000 top prize Tina said: “It is an incredible honour to have been awarded the James Rennie Medal. I hope the presentation inspires engineers across our industry to use their knowledge and skills to create positive changes in the world.

“I am proud to have been recognised for my contribution to initiatives that I am most passionate about, as well as my technical engineering skills. Whilst at Balfour Beatty, I have worked to promote diversity and inclusion and sustainability and have worked with charities such as Bridges to Prosperity. In addition to my role in advancing major infrastructure projects, I am also keen to enhance the additional positive impact we can bring to society.”

You can find out more about what inspired Tina to become a civil engineer on her ICE profile here.

A fantastic rallying call

Darren James, Chair of Judges for the 2020 James Rennie Medal, shared his views on a memorable contest: “There is always an expectation that the three finalists, having been selected from an annual pool of over 1,000 Chartered Professional Review candidates, are going to impress.

“Zuzanna Stone, Aneeka Barmi and Tina Gunnarsson in an all-female final did not disappoint. Their presentations were nothing short of inspiring and made judging very difficult for the panel.

“A winner was chosen however, and I congratulate Tina for a fantastic rallying call about the importance of civil engineering to society and how she has made a tremendously positive impact already in the early years of what is sure to be an impressive career. Next year’s competition has a tough act to follow.”

This year’s final was sponsored by Arup, BAM Nuttall, Charles Brand, Costain, ScottishPower Renewables, Skanska and Tony Gee.

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The James Rennie Medal final gave a valuable insight into some of the questions asked at Professional Review and what it takes to become professionally qualified.

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  • Ed Horton, marketing project manager at ICE