Bitzer UK MD Kevin Glass will be the next president of the IoR

UK: Bitzer UK MD Kevin Glass will be the next president of the Institute of Refrigeration after his nomination passed unopposed.

Glass was proposed by the IoR’s executive council in July from a list of 15 potential candidates. As no other nominations have been put forward by the membership there will be no ballot this year.

He is expected to be formally appointed on November 2 and will support the existing president, Steve Gill, until his term of office ends in November 2018.

Kevin Glass has been with Bitzer UK for over 30 years, the last six as managing director. He began his career as an apprentice with Taylor Woodrow as a construction plant technician. This led to a position in a subsidiary company installing split system air conditioners and repairing Trembath dehumidifiers. 

After a C&G refrigeration course at Willesden College, and experience in sales, he joined APV Hall Commercial as an internal sales engineer for Bitzer and Fincoil products. When the company became UK distributor for Bristol compressors, Kevin was given technical responsibility for the range, and soon after added Friga-Bohn and SWEP plate heat exchangers.

The company was subsequently purchased by Bitzer and became Bitzer UK in the early 90s. Kevin was promoted to engineering manager in 1997. He was appointed MD in 2011.

Kevin’s involvement with the IoR has included presenting regional talks about screw compressor technology, and continues to contribute to the IoR’s Cool Talks programme. He is a member of the IoR’s board of trustees and also sits on the membership committee.