Cattell and Shaw gain recognition at National Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heat Pump Awards 2024


22 March 2024

Hayley Cattell of Beijer Ref UK & Ireland and Garry Shaw of Sure Solutions were honoured for their achievements in front of a sell-out crowd at the National Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heat Pump Awards in Manchester.


Awarding the title of RACHP Woman of the Year to the group sales director, host Juliet Loiselle described Hayley as 'someone who has had astonishing career growth and an equally positive impact on the company she works for and the colleagues she works with.' Joining Beijer Ref UK & Ireland in 2010, Hayley has progressed from a trainee sales engineer role to branch manager, product manager, regional sales manager, business director and group sales director 'turning traditional door-knocking sales engineering on its head and developing a core team of specialist sales managers, targeting the environmental market changes.' In 2018, Hayley was recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme.


Hayley Cattell - RACHP Woman of the Year 2024


Garry Shaw, founder and managing director of Sure Solutions, has dedicated 37 years to the RACHP industry and received the Phil Creaney's ACR Champion award. He has developed his own business to a team of 57 in seven years with a dedication to apprentices, completing 16 pathways during this time. The business's focus on natural refrigerant solutions and helping customers decarbonise their supply chains led to Sure Solutions becoming the first contractor in the world to receive the ATMOsphere-approved label for natural refrigerants - demonstrating excellence in design and installation, pushing the sector towards environmentally conscious and sustainable solutions.


Garry Shaw - Phil Creaney's ACR Champion 2024


Elsewhere, the competition was high, as over 100 award entries were received and judged by an expert panel. It was a series of double wins for Panasonic Heating & Cooling, RPS Group and Wave Refrigeration Ltd, with Britain's Got Talent 2022 winner, comedian Axel Blake and Warner's musical talent, Stephen Tanner, providing the entertainment.


Congratulations to all the winners and highly commended entries, and thank you to all who entered.



RACHP Woman of the Yea

Winner – Hayley Cattell


Training Provider 

Winner - Heat Geek. 

Highly commended - McFarlane Telfer Ltd.



Winner - Cool Designs Ltd. 

Highly commended - Smith Brothers Stores Ltd. 


Best IAQ Innovation

Winner - AirX Pro - Martin Industries Ltd. 

Highly commended – CIAT EPURE® Filter - CIAT


Refrigeration Project 

Winner - Bidfood Glasgow Depot - Wave Refrigeration Ltd.

Highly commended - JJ Food Services - Beijer Ref UK & Miramar Engineering 


ACR & Heat Pump Ancillary Product 

Winner - Theoretical Performance Calculator - WAVE Refrigeration

Highly commended – ThermaSkirt - Discrete Heat 


Ground Source Project 

Winner - 2-phase ,3 Megawatt Modified Capacity GSHP in Scotland - Calibrate Energy Engineering

Highly commended - Ground Source Heat Pump in The Old Rectory - R A Brown Heating Services Ltd


Air Conditioning Project 

Winner - Riverdale Healthcare - Panasonic Heating & Cooling 

Highly commended - Cool Net Zero Project - Organic Heat Exchangers Ltd 


Domestic Air Source Project 

Winner – Delivering sustainable warmth to EPC A-rated home - Panasonic Heating & Cooling 

Highly commended - Detached Edwardian home - Blakemore Plumbing & Heating and Viessmann  


Non-Domestic Air Source Project 

Winner - Decarbonisation of Wallesy Hub - RPS Group 

Highly commended - Water Research Centre Phase 1 Energy Transformation Project - Calibrate Energy Engineering  


Refrigeration Product 

Winner - AMChill Ultra-low Charge Ammonia Chiller - Bitzer & KGM Refrigeration 

Highly commended - Testo 570s Digital Manifold - Testo Ltd 


Heat Pump Product (Commercial)

Winner - Modular HC Heat Pumps - Solid Energy

Highly commended - DH Sub Station Heat Pump 200kW - 5MW - Solid Energy


Heat Pump Product (Domestic)

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Winner - ecoGEO+ PRO - Eco-Forest. 

Highly commended - Vitocal 150/151-A Air Source Heat Pump - Viessmann 


Air Conditioning Product of the Year 

Winner - Hitachi Air365 Max VRF - Hitachi Cooling and Heating

Highly commended - DAISEIKAI 10 - Toshiba Air Conditioning


Heat Pump Installer 

Winner - RPS Group 

Highly commended - R A Brown Heating Services Ltd 


ACR Contractor of the Year 

Winner - Sure Solutions. 

Highly commended - The RACA Group. 


Phil Creaney's ACR Champion 

Winner - Garry Shaw



A special thank you to the event sponsors:


ACR Journal




Cool Designs Ltd

Cross Group






Grant UK

Ground Source Heat Pump Association

Heat Pump Association

Heat Pumps Today


HVAC Communications

Institute of Refrigeration

IOR Scotland

Modern Building Services





Women in Engineering Society

Women in RACHP Group

World Refrigeration Day



and to the event judges:


Judith Evans - Director RD&T and Professor at London South Bank University

Iain McCaskey - Head of Devolved Nations, BESA

Graeme Fox - Director of Technical, BESA

Mike Gittoes - Business Development Manager, Wave Refrigeration

David Dunn - Sales Director North Europe, Carrier RLC Europe & Riello

Andrew Slater – Editor, ACR Journal & Managing Director, HVAC Communications

Lisa-Jayne Cooke - Service Sales Manager – Key Accounts at GEA

Damian Wiszniewski - UK Sales Manager, Carrier DX

Rob Vine - Heat Pump Consultant, Applied Renewable Energy

Juliet Loiselle - Publisher Heat Pumps Today, ACR Journal & The Woman Engineer. 


A detailed NACRA 2024 review will follow.