The James Clark Medal

James Clark worked for Charles Brand and Sons on many well-known tunnels, and died in his early sixties. In 1981 his wife, Madeline, bequeathed a sum of money to provide a medal to be awarded annually to a British Tunneller to perpetuate James's memory. The original criteria were: contemporary achievement in tunnelling; or innovation or responsibility for a large project. In the mid 1980s the medal was not awarded, and with Madeline's approval a third criteria was added: a major contribution to the tunnelling industry.

2018, David Donaldson

For his many years of service to the tunnelling industry and to the BTS

2017, Joseph Gallagher (L)

For his long standing contribution to the tunnelling industry.

2016, Alan Runacres (L)

For his long-term contribution to the wider tunnelling industry, support for the BTS, and innovation in tunnelling

2015, Doug Allenby (L)

For his lifetime contribution to tunnelling.

2014, Peter Jaques (R)

For his lifetime contribution to tunnelling.

2013, Andy Sindall (R)

For his long term contribution to the tunnelling industry, and for being an inspiration to those who worked with him.

2012, David Court (L)

For his long standing service to tunnelling and to the BTS.

2011, Terry Mellors (L)

For his work on the Joint Code of Practice for Risk Management.

2010, Martin Knights (L)

For his long-standing association with the tunnelling industry, contribution to the BTS and international achievements as President of the ITA.

2009, Donald Lamont MBE

For his long-standing service and dedication to tunnelling, the ITA, and the BTS.

2008, Jack Knight

(Awarded posthumously) for services to the BTS and Industry with particular regard to HAVS and historic tunnels.

2007, Tommy Talbot (L)

For many years of contribution to tunnelling and the BTS.

2006, Alan Dyke

For his contribution to the success of the London Tunnel Alliance (CTRL / HS1).

2005, Maurice Gooderham (L)

For a contemporary achievement in tunnelling with particular regard to Cable Tunnel Projects.

2004, Rodney Craig (L)

For a valuable contribution to the Society activities.

2003, James Buchanan (L)

For his long-standing service to the tunnelling industry.

2002, Dennis Walder

For his lifetime's work for workers in compressed air.

2001, David C Wallis

(Awarded postumously) for his long career in tunnelling and for his contribution to the Society.

2000, Denis S Lawrensen (L)

For his long-standing service to the tunnelling industry.

1999, Colin N P Mackenzie

For his long and distinguished career in tunnelling.

1998, Dr Myles O'Reilly

For his long career in tunnelling and for his contribution to the Society.

1997, Gerard Pakes

For his achievement in producing the 'Model Specification for Tunnelling'.

1996, Hugh Docherty

For his work on the Jubilee Line Extension Project.

1995, Dick Watts

For his years of long service in tunnelling.

1994, Sir Alan Muir Wood

For his career contribution to tunnelling.

1994, John Bartlett CBE

For his career contribution to tunnelling.

1993, Roger Remmington

For his work on the Thames Water London Ring Main Project.

1992, Oliver M Bevan

For his lifetime of service to the tunnelling industry.

1991, Alastair J Biggart

For his contribution to UK tunnelling on the Channel Tunnel Project.

1991, John King

For his contribution to UK tunnelling on the Channel Tunnel Project.

1991, Colin J Kirkland

For his contribution to UK tunnelling on the Channel Tunnel Project.

1990, David Martin

(Awarded posthumously) for his editorship of Tunnels & Tunnelling 1978 to 1990.

1989, R J S McBean

For his innovatory contribution to manufacturing in tunnelling.

1988, Gordon Ince

For his work on tunnelling and tunnelling machinery

1985/86/87 Not Awarded


1984, Ken Moore (L)

For his long and distinguished contribution to tunnelling.

1983, David A Harries, A C Lyons

For their work on the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel, Suez

1982, J Sheridan

For his work on overseas tunnel contracts.

1981, E Whyte

For his lifetime of service to the tunnelling industry.

In September 2011, a lunch was held at the ICE to celebrate 30 years of the James Clark Medal. The lunch is now established as an annual event.