Goode-bye from Colin after 48 years

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Published: 11 November 2019


Fujitsu’s Colin Goode is to retire at the end of December after almost 48 years in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

He said: “Like most people I never really gave retirement much thought. After all, it’s for old people, right? Well, the years roll by and some of your friends, family and work colleagues start to retire. Then, before you know it, you are into your early 60s and it suddenly dawns on you that you too are approaching that time of life.’’
Colin studied under John Ellis and Ken Couch at Willesden College of Technology (1972-76) before completing his refrigeration apprenticeship with Frigidaire. He went on to spend 20 years with Carrier in a variety of sales, product and national account roles but left in 1996 as recession struck. He then had spells with York in Basildon, Brighouse-based IMI Air Conditioning, ACDP consulting engineers, and close control specialists Eaton-Williams, before an 8-year stint in contracting with Blue Sky Air Conditioning in Essex which was followed by a move to Andrews Air Conditioning.

A strong technical background saw him join Fujitsu as VRF pre-sales engineer in 2013 progressing to product and specification manager and working across the full product range helping to develop new products in conjunction with Fujitsu HQ in Japan, Germany and, most recently, with Fujitsu’s partners GIH in Italy.

He said: “In many ways I wish I had found Fujitsu earlier in my career because working here has been a breath of fresh air. The staff are dedicated and professional, but they like to have fun as well which makes for a very relaxed and enjoyable working environment where teamwork gets the job done. I will not miss working life, but I will miss the banter and camaraderie that the HVAC&R industry has in spades and which has also become a bit of a Fujitsu trademark. I do plan to keep in touch with all my past and present work group colleagues and perhaps, like a bad old penny, I will turn up at the odd trade show or industry event in the future.’’

Fujitsu Chief Operating Officer Ian Carroll said: “Colin has been a pivotal member of our team bringing his years of industry experience to Fujitsu which has helped in both product development and the setting up of our specification sales department. He will be missed and will always remain part of our family. We all hope he has a long happy, and healthy retirement.’’