AUSTRALIA: The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has re-elected Ian Harwood for a second term as president.
Harwood originally became president in January 2017 when the incumbent Ania Hampton stepped down due to illness.
Describing his re-election as an honour, Harwood said he would continue to work hard to achieve AIRAH’s objectives as the Institute heads towards its 2020 centenary.
“We still need to continue to see that AIRAH is financially stable over the next couple of years, yet given the lead-up to the centenary, there is much to prepare for the big event. I will be handing over the presidency part-way through the centenary year in 2020, and I would like to hand over the leadership of an association that is stable, has solid grounding to move forward, and is still positioned to lead the industry technically.”
Harwood says there are several issues confronting the industry right now, including the downward pressure on consultancy fees, offshoring, and the need to continually promote an industry that remains stubbornly below the radar.
“But one of the important issues we need to understand is how the HFC phase-down that began on January 1 this year is going to affect our industry,” Harwood says. “With this in mind, AIRAH is producing some communications tools to help industry understand the issues and their impacts.