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.

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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 at One Great George Street on 25 January 2018. Three candidates were shortlisted and gave a presentation on their review to a judging panel at the final.


Rebecca Munro

Rebecca Munro EngTech MICE

Rebecca joined Mott McDonald as an apprentice in August 2014 studying BTEC Level 3 in Civil Engineering which she completed in 2016.

She is now a Technician Permanent Way Engineer within the Track Department. Her main responsibilities are to produce horizontal and vertical track design alignments for a range of projects, ensuring they are compliant to Network Rail Standards. She also undertakes gauging analysis and produces the relevant documents which are issued to the client. Although mainly based in a design office, Rebecca has also been out on site and assisted with platform gauging and laser sweep surveys.

Rebecca says “After passing my Professional Review in 2017, to then reach the final three for the Jean Venables Medal is a brilliant start for my journey and progression with the Institution of Civil Engineers. I feel very proud and excited to be a finalist.”

Greig Baxter

Grieg Baxter EngTech MICE

Greig started as an Apprentice Technician with Arup in July 2007 working within the Structures team whilst also studying part time towards his NC & HNC in Civil Engineering at Edinburgh’s Telford College. After successfully completing his college courses he later transferred to the Bridges – Civil / Structures team within Arup in November 2012 where he is present to this day.

He is now a Civil Engineering Technician responsible for the production and delivery of 3D parametric models along with their corresponding drawings for medium to large scale civil / infrastructure projects over a global platform. Greig also has widespread experience in surveying and structural monitoring across a variety of different sites and projects.

Greig commented, “To be shortlisted for such a prestigious award within my profession has filled me with a great sense of pride. It has also boosted my confidence and self-belief in how far I have developed and progressed as an engineering technician thus far in my career. Jean Venables has done a great deal to promote and develop young engineers within the industry and I am very humbled to be considered for this award.”

Owen Silver

Owen Silver EngTech MICE

Owen joined TSP Projects in October 2015 as an assistant Technician studying HND in Civil Engineering which he is due to complete in 2018.

He is now a Senior Technicianr within the Bridges Department. His main responsibilities are to produce engineering designs and drawings; undertake CDM/CSM risk assessments; carry out structural examinations; and assist managing projects. He also undertakes the role of mentor within his team, assisting other technicians and apprentices with their academic and professional development.

Owen says “Obtaining EngTech status itself was already a great feeling; to then be told that I was considered in the top three applicants that year was a very proud moment.”

2018 Jean Venables Medal winner

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

On being chosen, Greig said, "It is a great honour and privilege to have been awarded the Jean Venables Medal 2018. I view this as a tremendous honour which I hope illustrates my drive and commitment to the civil engineering profession and the ICE. I would very much like to thank my reviewers for nominating me and also those who have contributed with my career thus far."

The view from the Jean Venables Medal panel

Bill Gowdy, chair of the Jean Venables Medal panel said, "Greig delivered his project presentation with confidence and professionalism, clearly demonstrating his competence and expertise. He was able to discuss the aspect of his work and his role in mentoring junior colleagues. He responded well to challenging questions displaying a full command of his knowledge and his ability to discuss matters in a logical and confident manner. Greig is a very worthy winner of the Jean Venables Award, and a great ambassador for the Institution."

Previous winners

2017 - Chloe Etheridge

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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 2020.

This award is 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 2019 are now closed. They will reopen on 8 July 2019 and close on 20 January 2020, for travel in 2020.

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

Previous winners

  • 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

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Meet a recent winner - Emma Parry

emma parry
Emma Parry, winner of the 2018 Eloise Plunkett Award

Emma is Lead Delivery Engineer on the extension and development of the Birmingham Metro system. She has a background in rail and civil construction and has become particularly interested in the development of light rail systems. She believes there is a lot we can still learn regarding light rail developments and that innovation is the key to the growth and success of the UK rail industry.
Emma is using her QUEST Eloise Plunkett Award funding to travel to Japan to work alongside some key Japanese rail companies with a great reputations for safety, quality and reliability. She hopes to use her experiences to embrace the innovative ethos embedded in the Japanese culture, inspire others, challenge the current status quo and encourage her peers to think outside the box.