RACHP Engineering Technician Lifetime Achievement Awardsesawards2


The IOR RACHP Engineering Technicians' Section makes an annual lifetime achievement award to recognise an individual's commitment to a career in service, maintenance or installation engineering. This award prize is kindly donated by the ACR Journal.

The Technician Award celebrates the role of experienced field-based technicians - the mainstay of our industry. The winner receives a prize of £400, an engraved trophy and a certificate, presented by the President of the Institute at the Annual Dinner. 

  • Nominations can be made by employers, clients or colleagues.

  • Candidates can be working in any refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump role in a field-based service, maintenance or installation role.

  • They must have substantial experience in a technician level role and still be active in the industry.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to provide a cv and supply either a personal statement or take part in a phone interview.

  • Winners will be invited to attend the Institute of Refrigeration Annual Dinner to collect their award.

  • Download the award criteria and rules


Make your nomination for the 2021 award using the form available here

2019 WinnerIMG 2169

Paul Gardner of JPS Refrigeration

With an excellent track record with customers and in the industry as a whole, Paul is the model of what being a refrigeration service engineer in a small business is all about. Starting in the sector as a 16 year old, he has shown incredible drive and dedication in building a thriving family business from scratch while still personally carrying out refrigeration service calls on a daily basis.

During his 43-year career, he has made a point of keeping up to date with new developments and takes a keen interest in the future of the sector including the introduction of the latest refrigerants. Colleagues say of him that he is an inspiration and inspires everyone around him.


Previous Winners

  • 2018 Joseph Birch, SJJ System Services
  • 2017 Keith Simmons, Flowrite Services
  • 2016 Grayme Selkirk, Tesco and Martyn Ross, J&E Hall
  • 2015 Roy Dearden, Kool-it Services
  • 2014 Ian Sullivan, Ian Sullivan Air Conditioning 
  • 2013 John Webb, J&E Hall 
  • 2012 John Bond, Space Engineering
  • 2011 Keith Gorman, Coldtech Refrigeration
  • 2010 Charlie Darling, Adcock Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 
  • 2009 David Wright, MacWhirter 
  • 2008 Robert Taylor, Star Refrigeration
  • 2007 Alan Stoll, Star Refrigeration
  • 2006 David Luker
  • 2005 George Hayes, Star Refrigeration 
  • 2004 Ron Filer, Bitzer Uk
  • 2003 Keith Lukehurst, York Refrigeration 
  • 2002 Les Collett





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