Professional review awards

Recipients of an ICE award

In order to celebrate the achievements of those who've completed their professional review, we offer a number of awards.

ICE has three awards for newly qualified members. These awards go to members who show an exceptional standard of civil engineering knowledge in their Member or Chartered Professional Review.

The awards are:

  • The James Rennie Medal – for the best Chartered Professional Review candidate
  • The Renee Redfern Hunt Prize – for the best written exercise produced at Chartered or Member Professional Review
  • The Tony Chapman Medal – for the best Member Professional Review candidate of the year

We also nominate a recently chartered female member to represent ICE for the Karen Burt Award, which is run by the Women's Engineering Society.

James Rennie Award

The James Rennie Medal recognises the best Chartered Professional Review candidate of the year. It's open to candidates who have passed their review the year before the medal is awarded.

Who was James Rennie?

James Rennie was a well-known civil engineer. He passionately believed that to work in civil engineering you need in-depth and thorough training. This is not only in design, but also in programming and planning construction work.

Rennie spent most of his 70-year career carefully tutoring his pupils to make them great civil engineers. Former ICE President Douglas Oakervee was one of these pupils.

After his death in 1994, ICE created the James Rennie medal. It celebrates Rennie's commitment to training young engineers and encouraging them to become ICE members.

What is the James Rennie Medal?

The James Rennie Medal promotes the achievements of newly qualified chartered civil engineers. The competition was first held in 1996 and is won by the best Chartered Professional Review candidate.

Professional reviewers nominate candidates who show outstanding qualities in their review and really promote developments in civil engineering. Their project reports and presentations also need to show they thoroughly understand engineering design and construction principles.

Each finalist presents their report and participates in a lively question and answer session with the audience and judging panel. The winner is announced on the night.

Winners receive the James Rennie Medal and £1,000, which are presented at the ICE Annual Awards Ceremony. All three finalists also get a certificate and the chance to have their reports published in an ICE journal.

Previous winners:

  • 2017 - Joseph Maltezos
  • 2016 - Olivia Perkins
  • 2015 - Joe Berrisford
  • 2014 – Sam Reed
  • 2013 – Charles Brooks
  • 2012 – Eamonn Slevin
  • 2011 – Kajiura Hisanao

James Rennie Medal final 2018

George Scott CEng MICE

This years's James Rennie Medal has been won by George Scott CEng MICE, from Arup. George competed against Nick Hamersley CEng MICE from Kier Construction and Infrastructure Services, and Brent Leersnyder CEng MICE from HOCHTIEF.

George presented his Chartered Professional Review report on International Quarter, Plot S9 - the new homes, workplace and public space development in Stratford, London at the final.

On receiving the medal and £1,000 top prize George said: "Winning the James Rennie Medal is the high point of my career so far. It was a real privilege to present my work to ICE and a great feeling for those efforts to be recognised by respected peers."

George’s winning presentation outlined his role on the London development where he is leading the structural engineering . In a superbly delivered presentation George showed how he constantly sought innovative solutions to challenges and collaborated with a broad built environment team.

Chair of the judges Darren James said: “The 2018 James Rennie Medal competition maintained the high standards we have now come to expect from the competition to find the best Chartered Professional Review candidate. The judges deliberated for some time given the quality of the presentations."

Jacki Bell, who also judged this year’s award commented: “This year’s finalists are leading innovation in buildings, transport, utilities and the energy industry. Their confidence, capability and commitment to improving our world is inspirational and I am so glad they chose to join our profession.”

This year’s final was sponsored by Arup, BAM Nuttall, Costain, Lagan Construction Group, ScottishPower Renewables and Skanska.

Watch the 2018 final online

If you missed the 2018 final, you can watch a recording

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Karen Burt Award

The Karen Burt Award goes to a high-calibre female who is a recently chartered engineer, applied scientist or IT professional.

This award, which commemorates Dr Karen Burt, is given by the Women's Engineering Society.

Who was Karen Burt?

Dr Karen Burt was a respected physicist and a member of the Women's Engineering Society. She campaigned tirelessly for women to have careers in science and engineering. Her experience and extensive research helped women working in engineering to manage their career breaks and return to work.

Can I be nominated?

Yes, if you:

  • Are a female chartered member
  • Have passed your Professional Review
  • Are nominated by your reviewers

Nomination process

ICE reviewers nominate one candidate for the Karen Burt Award, based on their commitment to promoting the profession. The finalist is then selected to represent ICE for the award.

Previous winners:

  • 2015 - Helen Randell, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • 2014 - Elaine Greaney, Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • 2013 – Professor Molly Stephenson, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • 2012 – Kate Cooksey, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • 2011 – Dr Gemma Watling, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Meet the 2015 winner

Meet the 2015 winner

Helen Randell
Helen Randell, winner of the 2015 Karen Burt Award

The Women's Engineering Society (WES) selected ICE’s nominee Helen Randell as the winner of the 2015 Karen Burt award . Helen worked for Interserve Construction Ltd when she became a Chartered Engineer in Spring 2015. She has had a variety of experience including work on the Hereford and Worcestershire Energy from Waste Scheme as the Temporary Works Co-Ordinator.

Helen said: "I am thrilled and honoured to receive the prestigious Karen Burt Award from WES. I feel extremely fortunate that my love of problem solving has formed the basis of my rewarding career where I can point to a finished project and say I did that! I really enjoy having the opportunity to share my experiences so far with other young women and hope to encourage and inspire others to join the exciting and ever changing world of engineering where we really can make a difference.”

Renee Redfern Hunt Prize

This prize is awarded for the best written exercise produced during the Chartered or Member Professional Review session.

Who was Renee Redfern Hunt?

Miss Renee Redfern Hunt MBE was a devoted Examinations Officer at ICE from 1945 – when professional interviews were introduced – until her death in 1981. The award was created in her memory.

Can I be nominated?

Yes. If you have passed your Chartered or Member Professional Review. To be nominated, candidates must have a well-structured argument in their written exercises. They also need a high-standard of clear, concise written English. Nominations are made by reviewers from each review session.


The winner is awarded £100 and presented with a certificate at the ICE Annual Awards Ceremony. Nominees' names are published in the NCE/NCEI magazines and on the ICE website. The winner also gets the opportunity to have their work published in an ICE journal.

Previous winners:

  • Spring 2015 - David Woodhead
  • Autumn 2014 - Rebecca Harry
  • Spring 2014 – Andrew Hull
  • Autumn 2013 – Natalie Cropp
  • Spring 2013 – Isabel Mostyn
  • Autumn 2012 – No winner selected
  • Spring 2012 – Matthew Gouldby

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Tony Chapman Medal

The Tony Chapman Medal is awarded to the best Member Professional Review candidate.

This award promotes the role of newly qualified incorporated members (IEng). It's open to all applicants who passed their review in the year before the medal was awarded.

Who was Tony Chapman?

Tony Chapman (1948-2004) worked hard to promote ICE incorporated members. He was a member of the ICE Council, Finance Committee and Professional Development Committee. He also chaired the Building Committee.

Tony was also a former Chairman of the Board of Incorporated Engineers and Technicians, and played an important role when it was integrated into ICE. He was also an ICE reviewer.

Nomination process

Reviewers nominate candidates who have:

  • Shown a passion and enthusiasm for civil engineering
  • Continually taken part in ICE activities
  • Contributed to the profession
  • Outstanding qualities in all attributes


The winner receives £500 and is presented with the Tony Chapman Medal at the ICE Annual Awards Ceremony.

This year's final

This year's final took place at One Great George Street on 25 January 2018. Three finalists were shortlisted and presented their Professional Rreview reports to a judging panel at the final.

Chris McGinness

Chris McGinness IEng MICE

Chris graduated in 2007 from the University of Strathclyde with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering.

He has worked on a variety of heavy civil engineering and infrastructure projects with contractors Carillion, Graham and BAM Nuttall. After progressing from Graduate Site Engineer to Sub-Agent, he transferred his technical skills to pre-construction in his current role as Planning Engineer for BAM Nuttall.

As Lead Planner on the British Antarctic Survey Construction Partnership, Chris is responsible for pre-construction planning and ongoing contract planning of marine and building works associated with the £100+ million Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Project.

Chris says “I am very proud to be nominated for the Tony Chapman medal. It’s the highlight of an amazing year for me in civil engineering where I have had the opportunity to work on a fascinating project and even to visit Antarctica.”

Steven Pryce

Steven Pryce IEng MICE

Steven graduated in 2013 from the University of Abertay, Dundee with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Civil Engineering.

He worked at Fairhurst during his industrial placement in 2012 and has continued in the Geo-environmental/Geotechnical department of the engineering consultancy ever since. His role involves contributing to the design and management of geo-environmental, geotechnical and multi-disciplinary projects on a local and national level. He has experience working on a variety of technically demanding projects of various types and sizes including residential sites, commercial developments and Port regeneration.

Steven says “Considering the number of Professional Review applicants over the year, it is a great honour to be nominated for this award.”

Ashleigh Scott

Ashleigh Jane Scott

Ashleigh graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to this, Ashleigh completed a 3-year apprenticeship at Jacobs gaining a National Certificate in Civil Engineering.

After graduating, Ashleigh worked at Grontmij as a Graduate Civil Engineer. She worked on the Northumbrian Water Group (NWG) framework, designing wastewater network projects including sewer diversions and sewer flood alleviation schemes.

In 2015, Ashleigh joined Mott Macdonald Bentley as a Project Leader working on the NWG AMP 6 Framework delivering wastewater treatment projects. Being part of Mott Macdonald Bentley allowed Ashleigh to work alongside the contractor as one team and gain invaluable experience in a design and construct environment.

Ashleigh says, “I am overwhelmed that I’ve been selected as one of three finalists for the Tony Chapman Medal, and I feel it’s a massive achievement after all my hard work.”

2018 Tony Chapman Medal winner

The Tony Chapman Medal panel is delighted to announce that Chris McGinness was chosen as this year's winner.

On being chosen, Chris said,

"I am delighted to be recognised by ICE with such a prestigious award. The final was a great opportunity for me to present my work on a project I am passionate about and is a real career highlight for me. I have gained so much already through my involvement with ICE and would commend all young engineers to aim for professional membership. I look forward to the coming year of events to celebrate the ICE's 200th anniversary and the Year of Engineering, where as a professional member of the institution, I will represent the industry and help to inspire others to take up a career in Civil Engineering."

The view from the Tony Chapman Medal panel

Crawford Munro, chair of the Tony Chapman Medal panel commented, "Chris is a well-rounded and confident incorporated engineer with experience on a range of projects from Borders Railway to pier construction in Antarctica. He is passionate about his work and delivers technically sound and innovative solutions while considering sustainability.

Judges were impressed by Chris' general communication skills; in particular his ability to discuss projects with fellow engineers. He also demonstrated ability to inspire school children regarding civil engineering on site visits and STEM ambassador."


The winner receives £500 and is will be presented with the Tony Chapman Medal at the ICE Annual Awards Ceremony.

Previous winners

  • 2017 - Thomas O'Connor IEng MICE
  • 2016 – Ivik Masek IEng MICE
  • 2015 – Thomas Moore IEng MICE
  • 2014 – Edward Scott IEng MICE
  • 2013 – Lindsay Tassell IEng MICE

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