ICE London Civil Engineering Awards 2021: leadership and commitment shines through

The annual awards, at which ICE President Rachel Skinner was guest of honour, celebrate the wide-ranging contributions of ICE members to the region.

Top: Jo Hartnell, Natalie Bowkett. bottom: Divik Bandopadhyaya, Claudia Caravello
Top: Jo Hartnell, Natalie Bowkett. bottom: Divik Bandopadhyaya, Claudia Caravello

Members working at Mace and Atkins were among those recognised for their contributions to the civil engineering industry at the 2021 London awards.

This year's award winners have engaged industry colleagues to make positive changes and to inspire young people to consider a career in engineering.

Presented as part of ICE President Rachel Skinner’s virtual visit to London, four ICE members were recognised for their outstanding contributions:

  • Rising Star Award - Claudia Caravello, infrastructure assistant project manager, Turner and Townsend.

Claudia Caravello has demonstrated all-round commitment to professional excellence and helping others, taking on leading roles in campaigns such as SheCanEngineer, International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) and #1ofTheMillionInSTEM, and Women into Construction.

Caravello was a key contributor to Pitch 200, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, and as diversity officer for the ICE London Graduates and Student (G&S) Committee last year.

  • STEM Ambassador of the Year - Jo Hartnell, assistant tunnel engineer, Atkins.

Jo Hartnell embraced virtual platforms to sustain and extend her existing commitments, including careers fairs such as TeenTech, hands on activities and mentoring.

Jo Hartnell working remotely during the pandemic.

Hartnell was also named Atkins’ Young Professional of the Year in 2020 for her innovation to STEM outreach. She is now in the running to win the ICE National STEM Ambassador of the Year award.

Recognised for his long-standing commitment to a host of activities with London Graduates and Students (G&S), including the Five Week Course, Divik Bandopadhyaya is also very involved in promoting professionalism as chair of the British Tunnelling Society Young Members.

  • Fairness, Inclusion, and Respect Champion - Natalie Bowkett, Senior Engineering Manager, Mace.

Pride at Mace committee and guest speakers.

Natalie Bowkett has been a driving force for change at Mace, where she helped build the Pride at Mace Network from a handful of employees, to over 300 strong over the past few years. She works to educate colleagues, managers, contractors and clients on how they can treat people more fairly and inclusively.

Jonathan Baggs, ICE London director, said: "It is always a pleasure to see what our regional members are doing and the impact it has. Their drive for excellence and positive change has been far reaching both within ICE and within the wider society.”

The awards also acknowledged Alex Green, tunnel engineer at Atkins, for winning the ICE London Emerging Engineers competition earlier in the month.

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