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ICE Scotland celebrates outstanding civil engineers

07 December 2022

Over 800 guests attended the Glasgow and West of Scotland (GWoS) dinner and awards ceremony.

ICE Scotland celebrates outstanding civil engineers
Before the 117th Dinner, there was the traditional recognition of the ICE’s 50 years members, pictured here with ICE President Keith Howells.

Outstanding civil engineers in Scotland have been celebrated at an event that had been on hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

After a three-year break, more than 800 guests attended ICE Scotland’s Glasgow and West of Scotland Dinner on 24 November 2022.

It was the first time that the event featured the ICE Scotland Awards, which recognises the achievements of civil engineers operating in the country.

It was also an opportunity for Scotland’s STEM Ambassador of the Year and Emerging Engineer awards winners to be acknowledged in person.

Winners of the STEM Ambassador awards were Frances Ratcliffe (2019), Kalina Dimitova (2020) and Rebecca Wade (2021).

Wade also won the ICE’s overall STEM Ambassador of the Year.

The Emerging Engineers celebrated were Dyllan Parkinson (2020), Alice Butler (2021) and Hepzi Rattray (2022).

Celebrating new award categories

The first of two new awards at the ICE Scotland Awards was the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Institution of Civil Engineers and its members in Scotland’, sponsored by the overall dinner sponsor, Contract Scotland.

The award was made posthumously to Bob McLeod, one of the longest standing committee members of the Edinburgh Area Branch, and its chair from 2010-2012.

McLeod helped deliver the knowledge programme and contributed to topics on governance of the ICE.

In the years that followed his tenure as chair, he was especially keen to promote younger civil engineers on the committee.

Annabel McLeod collects award on behalf of her brother
Bob McLeod’s sister, Annabel, collected the award on his behalf from John-Paul Toner from Contract Scotland. Also pictured is the event’s MC, Des Clarke.

The second of the new awards was the ‘Inspiration and Support Award’, sponsored by Gold Graduates & Students sponsor, Arup.

James Robinson, a senior maritime engineer with Arup, has been a mentor to colleagues for many years and is described as one of the most supportive engineers in his company.

He has encouraged younger colleagues, providing support and advice in an approachable manner, taking time to give them the confidence they need to challenge the norm.

James  Robinson collects award from Colin McCreath and Des Clarke
James Robinson (centre) receives his award from Colin McCreath from Arup (right) and Des Clarke (left)

Looking forward

The event was also an opportunity to look to the future.

Keynote speaker ICE President Keith Howells reiterated the messages from his inaugural address to stress the importance of working together to build resilience and mitigate the effects of climate change on our infrastructure.

He also outlined his priorities for his tenure, in particular how civil engineers can use the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) to build a better society.

Donald Bell, Keith Howells, Kirsty Jamieson
 ICE President Keith Howells (centre), with ICE Scotland chair Donald Bell (left) and GWoS chair Kirsty Jamieson (right).

Following the event, GWoS chair Kirsty Jamieson said she’d had great feedback from those who’d been coming to the event for years and those who had attended for the first time.

"The change in format to introduce the awards, and the hi-tech staging, brought a fresh atmosphere to what has always been a successful event, thanks to the efforts of the dinner committee and RST," Jamieson said.

"I hope we can continue as a branch to deliver a fun, relevant and well-attended event in years to come."

  • Gordon Brown, communications lead at ICE