Practical engineering for WiRACHP


15 March 2022

The Institute of Refrigeration's Women in RACHP Network (WiRACHP) held a practical engineering day to mark International Women’s Day.

Hosted by Business Edge in Waterlooville, the event included an overview of air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump systems as well as a hands-on session where participants were invited to try their hand at brazing and safe handling of flammable refrigerants. 

Karen Perry, chair of the WiRACHP, said: “The growth of the network has helped us to increase our contacts and promote the careers of women in the RACHP network. The more people we are able to talk to about the shortage of females and the need for greater diversity, the more people recognise it and jump on board to help spread the word and create ideas to attract more women to the industry or support them within it.“

Content continues after advertisements

IOR president Mike Creamer, of Business Edge, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many participants to celebrate the WiRACHP and International Women’s Day. We have already decided to repeat the event next year.”

The WiRACHP is an inclusive networking group for anyone working in RACHP with members coming from a variety of backgrounds including service and maintenance, design, research, engineering, science, sales, administration, marketing and training. Events are just one element of the group’s activities and there are many opportunities to get involved including hosting meetings or taking part in webinars and podcasts. To find out more about the group, visit