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Top newly qualified Technician and Incorporated Members chosen

18 March 2022

This year's winners of the Jean Venables and Tony Chapman medals demonstrated excellent knowledge and confidence during their Professional Reviews.

Top newly qualified Technician and Incorporated Members chosen
Charles Taylor (left) and Kayla Browne (right) were rewarded for the excellence of their Professional Reviews.

ICE has recognised the best newly qualified Technician and Incorporated Members by awarding them the Jean Venables Medal and the Tony Chapman Medal, respectively.

The awards celebrate the achievements of members who show an exceptional standard of civil engineering knowledge in their Professional Review.

This year, Kayla Browne, assistant civil engineer with Bam Nuttal, was chosen as the winner of the Jean Venables Medal, which recognises the best Technician Professional Review candidate of 2021.

The Tony Chapman Medal, which singles out the best Incorporated Professional Review candidate of 2021, went to Charles Taylor, urban traffic control engineer for Transport for Greater Manchester.

The ICE’s award panel also chose a winner for this year’s James Rennie Medal. Find out who won.

Jean Venables Medal winner: ‘An articulate and engaging engineer’

Kayla Browne started as an apprentice and is now an assistant civil engineer, soon to be site engineer, with BAM Nuttall. She has been working for just over three years on the Thames Tideway Tunnel as part of the BMB Joint Venture.

Browne was selected by a panel of judges from three finalists, shortlisted from 358 Technician Professional Review candidates in 2021.

Browne said she was honoured to receive the award and highlighted how, since joining the industry, she has continued to learn and develop, paving the way to become a qualified engineer and sharing her knowledge with those she mentors.

She said: “The industry 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 without the support from others who have invested their time both personally and professionally,” she said.

John Riding, chair of the Jean Venables Medal award panel said Browne was a deserved winner among a group of high-quality finalists.

“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 ICE, illustrated by her membership of the London G&S Committee,” he said.

Tony Chapman Medal winner: ‘A worthy winner’

Charles Taylor works as an urban traffic control engineer for Transport for Greater Manchester. His current role is to deliver the design and modelling of complex traffic signal junctions within Greater Manchester.

He was selected by judges out of three finalists shortlisted from 120 Incorporated Professional Review candidates in 2021.

Taylor told ICE he was incredibly proud to receive the medal: “I am extremely grateful for the recognition I have received for my work leading up to this moment.”

“I would like to thank my employer, Transport for Greater Manchester, who have supported me throughout this process, and all those who have played a key role in my professional development throughout my career, without whom I would not be in a position to accept this award,” he said.

"I look forward to continuing my professional development with ICE and seizing the opportunities it will bring.”

Mike McGuire, chair of the Tony Chapman Medal award panel, explained it was Taylor’s specialist knowledge of cycle and pedestrian route design associated with traffic junctions that particularly impressed the judges.

McGuire also highlighted Taylor’s ability to discuss project challenges with relevant stakeholders, confidently explaining the design aspects of his work and his consideration of the users’ requirements.

“Charles shares his experience with other young engineers and technicians, is helping a colleague with his IEng preparations, and has a genuine commitment to civil engineering and ICE. He is worthy winner of the Tony Chapman Medal,” McGuire said.

Aiming for professional qualification?

ICE’s professional qualifications – Engineering Technician, Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Engineer – command respect.

Those aiming to become professionally qualified who need advice on next steps should contact the ICE’s Membership Support team.

Get in touch with the team:

T: +44 (0)121 227 5948

E: [email protected]

  • Ed Horton, marketing project manager at ICE