St Helens engineer wins top prizew

Steve Dempsey (centre) receiving his award
Steve Dempsey (centre) receiving his award

A civil engineer from St Helens has won a prestigious award for his work supporting the development of young people entering the industry.

Steve Dempsey, who works as cief civil engineer for United Utilities, picked up the Mentor of the Year award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Steve, who has mentored 50 young civil engineers and technicians as well as supporting dozens of students at Liverpool John Moore University, was honoured for his commitment and expertise in passing on his skills and knowledge to the next generation.

Civil engineers from who have benefitted from Steve’s support spoke of his “unquestionable technical capability” and “real care and concern for each student”, with one even saying his encouragement put his career back on the right track at a difficult time.

Receiving his award Steve, 57, said: “I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of great engineers in helping them achieve incorporated, chartered or fellowship status with the ICE and I am proud to receive this award which also reflects both their efforts and United Utilities’ support for engineers.”

Steve, who currently lives in Rainhill with his wife Christine, went to West Park Grammar School in St Helens before studying at Liverpool Polytechnic.

Darrell Matthews, North West regional director of the ICE, said: “The tributes paid to Steve Dempsey by his mentees, students and colleagues show that he’s not only a great civil engineer but also a truly exemplary mentor.

“Steve has shown an inspiring degree of dedication to his role of helping other people with their education and their career, and the ICE is proud of him.”

Helen Samuels, director of engineering at United Utilities, said: “Steve is a key member of my management team, with the role of chief civil engineer.

“He holds accountability not only for the leadership and technical outcomes associated with his team of graduates and chartered engineers, but for all civil engineering activity across United Utilities, including work undertaken by our fields teams and our supply chain partners.

“This requires both hard and soft skills, including those of mentor and coach across a diverse range of teams.

“As a mentor and supervising civil engineer Steve sets the required standards for all his current mentees and actively supports their achievement.

“Steve’s tireless support as a mentor extends to engineers from United Utilities’ partner organisations and former employees.”

Outside of work Steve is a member of West Park Rugby Club and has been a scout leader for 36 years, including holding the position of St Helens’ District Explorer Scout Commissioner for 13 years.