IOR honours outstanding individuals


05 July 2022
Graeme Maidment won the J&E Hall Gold Medal

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) again recognised outstanding industry individuals at its Annual Dinner in London.

J&E Hall Gold Medal

The J&E Hall Gold Medal, for the most noteworthy practical contribution to the field of innovation in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump technology, went to Prof Graeme Maidment for his work on demonstrating innovation in the delivery of low-carbon solutions. He has pioneered the integration of heating and cooling with practical projects on combined heating, cooling and energy storage; integration of heat, power and whole energy systems; and smart heating and cooling.  Upon receiving the medal and prize of £5000 from Andrew Bowden of J&E Hall, Graeme said: “Receiving this award is an amazing honour but it means so much more because it is from J&E Hall, my mentor.”

Nausheen Basha

Ted Perry Award

The Ted Perry Award for Student Research was made to Nausheen Basha for her research involving improving cooling and oil distribution within an oil-injected screw compressor. Nausheen, who was recently named one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering, used a modern numerical and experimental approach to improve heat transfer between gas and oil. This has resulted in reduced compressor mechanical losses and improved compressor performance substantially. The judges commented: “This research will have an immediate effect that could have a global impact and is ready to be applied now.” 

Lifetime Achievement Award

The IOR’s RACHP Engineering Technician Section makes an award, sponsored by ACR Journal, to an individual who has spent their whole career in a hands-on role, having displayed exceptional dedication to their customers, employers, and their sector. This year there were two candidates whose contribution was so exceptional and yet so different, that the judges decided to make two awards. 

Andy Murrell of Star Refrigeration

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The first Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Andy Murrell of Star Refrigeration, has been with his current employer since 1989. He is described as an all-round great individual who has a personality that allows him to work effectively with people from all walks of life - customers, sub-contractors, apprentices, and senior business leaders. His willingness and ability to share knowledge amongst these people when he is with them is second to none.

John Broughton of Danfoss

John Broughton of Danfoss was also recognised for his 35-year career in the refrigeration industry. He impressed the judges with his all-round dedication to the sector, helping clients and fellow engineers alike with troubleshooting problems, finding time to support colleges and students, and yet continuing with a busy schedule of international and national work travel.

Steve Benton

Andy Pearson

Lightfoot Medal

The Lightfoot Medal, which is awarded for the best IOR Talk and Paper of this session, was made to Steve Benton of Cool Concerns and Andy Pearson of Star Refrigeration for their paper “Relief Valve arrangements for carbon dioxide refrigeration systems”. The paper and a recording of the presentation are available on the IOR website.

To find out more about the awards and how to enter for next year, visit