A former refrigeration consultant and president of Cambridge Refrigeration Technology, Robert Heap was technical director of CRT from 1989 -97 and first joined CRT in 1979. A chartered engineer, he was extremely active within the Institute of Refrigeration and served as president from 1997-2000. He also served on the IOR executive council and papers committee, chairing the technical standards and safety committee at ACRIB and as president of the Science and Technology Council of the International Institute of Refrigeration.
He drafted an influential report for ACRIB on Mandatory Training and Registration Options for the UK, many years before the F-gas Regulation was in place. He was also author of a number of technical conference papers for the IOR and IIR, and in demand as a conference chairman.
He was president of Section D, Storage and Transport, of the IIR and secretary general of EUCRAR (the European Consortium for the Responsible Application of Refrigerants). He was also a lead author for the transport working group of the UNEP Montreal Protocol Technical Options Committee.
His outstanding contribution to refrigeration both in the UK and worldwide was recognised in 1999 when he was awarded the MBE for services to the industry.