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:

  • 2018 - George Scott
  • 2017 - Joseph Maltezos
  • 2016 - Olivia Perkins
  • 2015 - Joe Berrisford
  • 2014 – Sam Reed
  • 2013 – Charles Brooks
  • 2012 – Eamonn Slevin
  • 2011 – Kajiura Hisanao

James Rennie Medal 2019

Meet the finalists

David Long CEng MICE

David Long CEng MICE

David graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011 with an MEng in Civil Engineering.

After graduating he joined Tony Gee and Partners, where he is now Senior Engineer. He has worked on the design and oversaw site construction of two highway flyovers for the A77 Symington Improvements. He also oversaw the construction of a road widening project which cantilevered over Loch Lomond, the Saltire Award winning A82 Pulpit Rock scheme. He moved into the power sector as a structural designer for new, and an expert witness to existing, onshore wind farms.

David will be presenting his report on the Leanamore Wind Farm scheme, a £32 million project located in County Kerry, Ireland, designed to provide 18MW of electricity through nine 2.3MW Siemens wind turbines. On completion in 2018, the client, SSE, estimated the wind farm would produce sufficient electricity to power around 9,500 homes while offsetting 24,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

 

Ian Midgley CEng MICE

Ian Midgley CEng MICE

Ian graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2012 with an MEng in Civil and Structural Engineering.

Ian joined RJ McLeod in 2012 as Site Engineer for several renewable energy projects. He then moved to Estimating, broadening his knowledge of construction methods through design and build tenders. After winning the tender for the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme, Ian returned to site as Design Coordinator for the project, progressing to the role of Agent in 2016. Ian has since led construction on a new trunk road roundabout and is now Agent on the C3 Bridges Replacement for Stirling Council.

Ian will outline his work on the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme. Designed to protect over 500 properties from flooding, the scheme comprised clay embankments, reinforced concrete walls, natural flood protection measures and increased storm water attenuation at an upstream loch. The scheme also provided amenity enhancements to the local built environment through upgrading cycle-ways and footpaths, new recreational parks, landscaping and a new recycling centre.

 

Stephen Thompson CEng MICE

Stephen Thompson CEng MICE

Stephen graduated from the University of Bristol in 2011 with an MEng in Civil Engineering.

He is now Senior Structural Engineer at Arup and has worked on a wide range of projects as a Structural Engineer. These include stadia design in Saudi Arabia, Earls Court Redevelopment, Chelsea Barracks and Ocado. Stephen benefitted from a secondment to Sir Robert McAlpine, working at Lillie Square and with recognised industry success at Selfridges (winner at the Structural Steel Design Awards 2017). Most recently, Stephen has led an international structural team to deliver several data centres ranging from the initial scheme design to construction phases.

Stephen will present his report on the Ocado Project, which is about transforming fulfilment centres across the world, to be focused around an automated streamlined process. This is achieved by integrating digital innovative technology, computer science and robotics to optimise how these logistical hubs operate. A single industrial site in the UK was transformed to the equivalent of 40 supermarkets with 3,500 robots and 145km of track.

Book your place for the 2019 final

Join us for the final on 18 March to find out who will be crowned 2019 James Rennie Medal winner.

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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:

  • 2018 – Susan Deeny, Institution of Fire Engineers
  • 2017 – Madeleine Jones, Institute of Chemical Engineering
  • 2016 – Clare Lavelle, Energy Institute
  • 2015 - Helen Randell, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • 2014 - Elaine Greaney, Institute of Engineering and Technology


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.

Prizes

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:

  • Autumn 2018 - Alice Elizabeth Ridgway
  • Spring 2018 – Liam Barnett
  • Autumn 2017 – Edward Barnard
  • Spring 2017 – Yin Shan Ho

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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

Prize

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 24 January 2019. Three candidates were shortlisted and presented their Professional Review project reports to a judging panel at the final. The winner will be announced on Monday 28 January 2019.

Lauren Carr-Duffy

Lauren Carr-Duffy IEng MICE

Lauren graduated from Teesside University in 2013 with a first class BEng Hons in Civil Engineering with Disaster Management.

She now works for Jacobs as a civil engineer within both the highways and urban development disciplines. Her responsibilities include lead design engineer and assistant project management of medium sized highway design, regeneration and demolition schemes, for clients such as Homes England, South Tees Development Corporation and the Environment Agency.

Lauren says: “I am delighted to learn of my nomination for the medal by my reviewers, it was totally unexpected but came as a wonderful bonus after successfully gaining ICE membership!”;

Alex Gillespie

Alex Gillespie IEng MICE

Alex Gillespie graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. During his studies Alex worked for Costain on a day-release basis, gaining experience on a variety of heavy civil engineering projects.

In 2012, Alex moved to Australia to work on some of the country’s largest LNG developments including a number of challenging marine projects. He now works as a Sub-Agent for VolkerStevin, responsible for assisting the Project Manager with the safe, timely delivery of major construction projects in accordance with the client’s specifications.

Alex says, “I feel very proud and excited to have been nominated for the Tony Chapman Medal. I am lucky to have been involved in so many innovative projects throughout my career, and now, to have not only become a Member of ICE, but to have also been considered for this Award, is a great honour.”

James Carter

James Carter IEng MICE

James graduated from Coventry University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering. Prior to this, James completed a 4-year training scheme with Sir Robert McAlpine, obtaining a Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering.

Since graduating, James has continued to develop his career at Sir Robert McAlpine. He now works as Senior Design Engineer in the structural department of McAlpine Design Group, responsible for developing and managing civil and structural design for a diverse range of technically challenging projects. Combining his design experience with working directly alongside the contractor has enabled him to gain invaluable experience in both design and construction.

James says, “I am very proud to be nominated as one of the finalists for the Tony Chapman Medal. I am delighted with this recognition from my reviewers following my Professional Review.”

2019 Tony Chapman Medal winner

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

On being chosen, Alex said,

"I feel very proud and excited to have won the Tony Chapman Medal. I am lucky to have been involved in many innovative projects throughout my career, and now, to have not only become a Member of the ICE, but to have won this Award, is a great honour.”

The view from the Tony Chapman Medal panel

Bill Gowdy, chair of the Tony Chapman Medal panel said, "The Tony Chapman Award judges were impressed by Alex’s general communication skills and in particular his ability to discuss projects with fellow engineers. He demonstrated his ability to explain the design, construction and contractual aspects of his work. His wealth of experience from temporary works designer to sub agent has enabled him to gain a comprehensive understanding of the range of commercial aspects of projects. Alex is a committed member of ICE and will provide a great example to inspiring the next generation of young civil engineers. He is worthy winner of the Tony Chapman Award and a great ambassador the Institution of Civil Engineers."

Prize

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

Previous winners

  • 2018 - Chris McGinness IEng MICE
  • 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

Got a question?

If you've got a question on the Tony Chapman Award, our awards coordinator is here to help.

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