Operations Director Chris Beadle has announced his retirement after a 50-year career with air conditioning ductwork contractor Hotchkiss.
A long-term champion of the apprenticeship system, his own journey from apprentice to company director has allowed him to pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation by assisting Hotchkiss Chairman George Humphreys in developing a Trailblazer apprenticeship initiative.
Paul Airey, left, and BSRA chair Paul Singh, right, with the winning AMP 1 team of Steve Gardner, Mark Goldsworthy, and Martin Watts. The fourth member of the team was Darren Bell, who was unable to stay for the presentations. Also pictured, second right, is Richard Archer from AMP 2, who was second in the individual competition
AMP dominated proceedings on the golf course, Karl Richardson of Logicool was named Personality of the Year and Weatherite's Nathan Leonard was honoured as Apprentice of the Year at the Birmingham Society of Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (BSRA) Annual Golf and Dinner celebration at The Belfry.
David MacQueen received the Kooltech Award for his contribution to the industry at the Scottish IOR Dinner in Glasgow.
Independent distributor MacQueen Air Conditioning was set up in Glasgow in 1980 and played a key role in helping Daikin’s growth in the UK. David MacQueen later served as a director of Daikin UK before leaving in 2008.
Turner (Dundee) apprentice John Thompson, a student at Glasgow Kelvin College, was named Apprentice of the Year.
More than 350 guests attended the event at Glasgow's Crowne Plaza, which was hosted by former Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus.,