After some 45 years in the HVAC industry, the last 16 of which have been with the Guildford-based Daikin distributor, Space Air, Mike Nankivell has announced he will be “retiring” at the end of 2015.
Mike admitted that this had been a difficult decision influenced largely by an increasingly tiresome daily journey from his home in Kent to Guildford.
Mike commented. “I have spent pretty much the last 30 years commuting part way round the M25 from Kent into Surrey and beyond, typically this can add up to 4 hours to my working day and frequently considerably longer. Unfortunately I have also been advised that this is aggravating a long-standing back condition. This could no longer continue and given that I do not intend to seek alternative full-time employment at this stage in my long career, the logical conclusion was retirement.”
Although retiring from his regular employment, he will continue with many of his industry involvements. Mike is president of the Heat Pump Association, chairman of the ACRIB F-Gas Implementation Group. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration and immediate past president of HEVAC.
“I will retain some industry involvement,” he said, “so will not be disappearing altogether, at least for a while. I have offered to continue as president of the Heat Pump Association and my activities with ACRIB for as long as this is practicable, as well as undertake occasional projects for Space Air. I very much hope to remain active in the industry, on a part time basis, for as long as my services can be helpful, but this will not include joining the daily rush hour traffic!”
He has been the recipient of several industry awards over the years, has had many articles and papers published and regularly presents seminars on Confex and CPD circuits.
Mike Nankivell entered the HVAC sector as a contract detail/design draughtsman in 1971, following an apprenticeship in a research and development establishment with the Ministry of Technology (later Defence). Mike has worked as a designer of perimeter heating systems, contract, commercial and general management in acoustics, fan and air handling unit manufacture. He was with Carrier Air Conditioning for over 13 years, rising to the position of UK marketing manager. For the past 16 years he has been with Space Airconditioning plc and marketing and business development director since 2009.