Technician awards and competitions

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Make the most of your ICE technician membership by applying for awards and competitions. They're a great way of adding to your CPD and helping you to make your mark.

Explore our awards

Use the tabs below to find out more about the awards available to newly qualified technician members.

Jean Venables Medal

This award promotes the role of newly qualified engineering technicians.

Candidates are put forward by their reviewers for showing exceptional qualities in their Technician Professional Review. Three are shortlisted and asked to present to a judging panel.

The winner receives £500 and is presented with the Jean Venables Medal at ICE's Annual Awards Ceremony.

Jean Venables was ICE President from 2009 to 2010. She made a great contribution to raising the profile of technician members in her time as president, and still works hard promoting them.

This year's final

This year’s final took place via MS Teams on 25 February 2021. Three candidates were shortlisted and gave a presentation on their Technician Professional Review to a judging panel at the final.


Liam Rhys Jones EngTech MICE

Liam Rhys Jones

Liam graduated in September 2019 with a HNC in Construction and the Built Environment, whilst working at AECOM.

In February last year he joined the Bridges and Civil Structures Team in Ove Arup and Partners as a Bridge Technician. He is responsible for the creation of 3D models and 2D drawings on a variety of projects, as well as training junior members of staff and increasing the digital capabilities of the team that he works in.

Liam says: “I feel very lucky to be shortlisted for the Jean Venables Medal. It feels nice to get external recognition for the work that I have put in since joining the industry in 2014. I look forward to working towards Incorporated Engineer status.”

Sindhurani Anighanalli Narayana EngTech MICE

Sindhurani Anighanalli Narayana

Sindhurani Anighanalli Narayana gained a BE in civil engineering in 2015 and works as a Graduate Engineer for WS Atkins.

For the past 3 and a half years Sindhurani has been working on Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Plant project as a package Lead, responsible for delivering highly buildable 3D clash free reinforcement models, reinforcement detail drawings and BBS adopting Digital Construction techniques.

Sindhurani tells us: “My journey with ICE started in 2019 as a winner of MERIT competition, the international construction business game. Being a civil engineer, it is a dream come true to come from a small town in India and to get selected in the final list for the Jeans Venables Award. I am very pleased to have my work recognised this way through one of the world’s most respected engineering institutions.”

Lee Rossiter EngTech MICE

Lee Rossiter

Lee graduated from Solent University in July 2020 with a Civil Engineering HNC.

He now works as a Site Engineer for Morgan Sindall, responsible for all setting out for the gangs and ensuring compliance with the approved health and safety methodology and Inspection Testing plan. Lee also makes sure the work is being carried out as per the programme and if not, document why and feedback to senior members of the team.

2021 Jean Venables Medal winner

The Jean Venables Medal panel is delighted to announce that Lee Rossiter was chosen as this year's winner.

On winning the 2021 Jean Venables Medal, Lee says: “I am honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Jean Venables Award. When I started as an apprentice five years ago, I never thought I’d be given the responsibility I now have. I am proud to have been recognised for the hard work and dedication shown in the quality of the work I maintain daily. Thank you to all involved.”

Previous winners

2020 - Kent Baxter
2019 - Mini Sreekumar
2018 - Greig Baxter
2017 - Chloe Etheridge

Got a question?

If you've got a question about the Jean Venables Medal, or aren't sure about something then let us know.

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Meet a previous winner - Gareth Davies

"I was shocked and elated to have found myself the winner of the Jean Venables medal. It demonstrates my competence as an engineer within the construction industry, opening doors allowing me to further my career. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to my review allowing me to become a technician member of the ICE."

Eloise Plunkett Award

The QUEST Eloise Plunkett award is open to female ICE members or technician members, based in the UK who have qualified within 3 years of the application deadline. The Award gives funding of up to £2,500 for travel with a civil engineering focus. Travel must be between April and December 2022.

This award is funded by the Eloise and Katie Memorial Trust and named in memory of Eloise Plunkett, a young civil engineer with a passion for travel and civil engineering, who tragically died in 2002.

Find out more and apply

Applications for 2021 are now closed. We will reopen in July 2021 until January 2022 for travel in 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact the QUEST Coordinator on +44 (0)20 7665 2193 or email [email protected].

Previous winners

  • 2019 - Amy Wright travelled to East Africa
  • 2018 - Emma Parry travelled to Japan
  • 2017 - Jen Sampson travelled to Canada and the USA
  • 2016 - Jane Hancock travelled to Nepal
  • 2015 - Harriet Kirk travelled to central Africa
  • 2014 - Divindy Grant travelled to South America
  • 2013 - Kate Cooksey travelled to North America

Got a question?

If you've got a question about the Eloise Plunkett Award, or aren't sure about something then let us know.

e: [email protected]
t: 44 (0)20 7665 2193

Meet a recent winner - Amy Wright

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Amy Wright, winner of the 2019 Eloise Plunkett Award

Amy has a passion for development engineering and previously worked in Malawi to install a hydropower and solar system to light a rural village. She will be using her QUEST funding to return to Africa to critically assess existing projects and see what lessons can be learnt. She will also travel to Kenya to work with Sanivation to assist them in the delivery of clean, safe and efficient sanitation services for urbanizing communities in East Africa and will visit Kibera, the world’s largest slum, to learn about infrastructure there.

Amy hopes to form long-term partnerships with organisations working on the ground; offering her technical knowledge and experience, whilst also learning about area-specific sustainable technology, management and construction methods.

Amy is a Chartered Civil Engineer who is currently working as a Bid Manager, she has previously worked as Senior Site Engineer on the Northern Spire Bridge in her home town of Sunderland and has also helped to deliver diverse projects including a shopping centre, schools, and a chemicals plant.