The Institute of Refrigeration honoured some of the industry's most talented individuals at last night's 119th Annual Dinner at the Grange St Paul's hotel in London.
Joe Birch of SJJ System Services received the Service Engineers Section Lifetime Achievement Award, which is supported by the ACR Journal. Described by his employer as an amazing engineer and person, Joe has spent more than 30 years in the environmental chamber climatic control business.
The award recognised a commitment to developing knowledge of all aspects of his work, from refrigeration to electrical controls. He has also shown his commitment to the future of the industry by passing on his knowledge to the next generation and supporting the company’s first apprentice for the last four years.
Industrial refrigeration apprentice Tom Woolston of Star Refrigeration was named ACR Trainee of the Year 2018 at the annual awards ceremony at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.
Oliver Drury of JD Cooling was runner-up and Tom Fearon of Source BioScience highly commended.
The judges paid tribute to the high standard of entries this year and seven other finalists were also recognised. They were: Evan Minns of JD Cooling, Alex Wilson (Dunbia), Ben Wilson (Knight Engineers), Grant Leniewski (Coolbreeze), Ben Hornby (Acme Facilities Group), Daniel Warren (James Mercer Group) and Stephen Day (Culm Cooling).
A-Gas has been named Employer of the Year at the Business Leader Awards 2018.
Hosted by Business Leader Magazine, the event attracted more than 600 entrepreneurs and business leaders to celebrate the achievements of organisations in the South West. More than 200 entries were received this year – a record number – and judges reported that the calibre was high.