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Seven seek election to IoR board

UK: A record number of seven candidates are vying for election to the Institute of Refrigeration’s board of trustees.

This year’s election for the two vacant positions on the board has attracted a broad range of experienced and well-known candidates from across industry sectors. Significantly, in view of the drive to attract more women into the refrigeration industry, two of this year’s candidates are women.

The trustees are responsible for the governance of the IoR, influencing its direction and strategy, ensuring it addresses the needs of membership, as well as meeting its charity objectives and legal obligations. Nine members serve as IoR trustees. Each year two new trustees are elected and two of the existing trustees stand down.

This year’s candidates are:

Jacinta Caden, business development manager, for Integral Refrigeration
A qualified refrigeration engineer with over 15 years experience, Jacinta is a member of the Women in RACHP Network and represents the IoR as a council member of the Women’s Engineering Society.

Graeme Fox, head of REFCOM
Graeme joined the Building Engineering Services Association in 2016 after 25 years running his own air conditioning contracting business. Well known in the industry, he served as chairman of the HVCA RAC Group and served four years as president of AREA.

Nick Franzen, refrigeration advisor
Nick Franzen started his journey in refrigeration and air conditioning as an apprentice in 1979. Until branching out as a refrigeration advisor, he was most recently a director of Arctic Circle Ltd.

Kelvin Kelly, training director, Business Edge
Kelvin’s career dates back to 1987 and a 12-year career at LEC Refrigeration but is now best known for his involvement with industry training and F-gas qualifications with Business Edge.

Sam Parris, head of retail sales, Dean & Wood.
Sam has been involved in the refrigeration industry for 13 years, starting as an internal sales coordinator for Dean & Wood and progressing through many different roles, included purchasing, branch management, training manager, retail sales and regional sales management.

Andy Reed, commercial director, TF Solutions
Having worked in the refrigeration and air conditioning Industry for 35 years, Andy has experience across the spectrum of contracting, wholesaling and manufacturing.

Paul Singh, owner and MD of ChillAir (UK) Training Academy
Paul’s career in the RACHP industry spans over 40 years and has included working out in the field, training and assessing, and consultancy work in the UK and overseas. He is currently on the IoR’s membership committee and has been a driving force behind the re-establishment of the Birmingham Society of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

Qualifying IoR members have until noon on November 7 to cast their votes. The results of the ballot will be announced at the IoR’s AGM the following day.

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