Presidents' Fund 


Funding IOR initiatives to promote refrigeration and education


Influential initiatives to promote the standing of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumping have been led by the IOR in recent years, thanks to generous contributions from industry to our Presidents' Fund. The key areas of work supported by the Fund have been:

  • A new apprenticeship design for the RACHP Engineering Technician to address the issue of skills in new entrants
  • Cool Science at the Big Bang Science Fair to raise awareness of refrigeration sector to young people
  • Fantastic Fridges a website for school children with interactive games and animations based on refrigeration science.
  • REAL Zero campaign which gave practical advice and guidance on reducing refrigerant leakage
  • End user guidance for owners of refrigeration equipment in the food processing sector
  • A system efficiency index calculator for complex refrigeration systems
  • Careers in cooling - a publicity campaign to raise awareness amongst schools of the potential of careers in the sector
  • An Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Institute (ACHPI) to improve skills in this growing sector.

Projects of this kind often require collaboration with other bodies, both national and international. Underwriting by the President's Fund enables the Institute to leverage other sources such as in-kind contributions from members and supportive organisations such as the Carbon Trust. 


How does the IOR fund these initiatives?

The IOR Presidents' Fund has been used either directly or as a means of underwrite exceptional high profile expenditure items that would not normally come out of regular general expenditure.  The President can make a recommendation to Council for approval to support initiatives identified of particular importance.


How you can support this work

We are grateful to the organisations listed below who have contributed directly to the Fund. Additional money is raised by members at the IOR Annual Dinner through donation to a raffle. Donors as Patrons of the IOR President's Fund are leading the way in initiatives whose outputs will benefit the standing of our industry over the years to come.

  • donations of £5000 or over are listed on the IOR website, annual report and Annual Dinner programme
  • regular donations of £500 are equally valuable and such a commitment will also be acknowledged.

If your organisation would be interested in these valuable initiatives and could provide a commitment of support for the President's Fund please contact the President of the IOR, Kelvin House, 76 Mill Lane, Carshalton, SM5 2JR


Current Patrons of the Presidents' Fund

  • Star Refrigeration

  • J Sainsbury

  • Coolers and Condensers

  • Danfoss

  • Rhone Poulenc

  • Dean and Wood

  • PLG Insulations

  • Sabroe

  • BV Goedhart

  • March

  • Linde

  • HRP Ltd

  • 3CL

  • Ref Aberdeen

  • NW Branch

  • Barbara Perry

  • Scottish Branch

  • Dr W Gosney

  • Copeland Corporation

  • C-Dig network

  • London Refrigeration Society
  • Dr Guy Hundy

Mike Tinsley Fund for supporting accessible to refrigeration, ac & hp training


The IOR Fund set up by Linde Refrigeration Ltd as a memorial to Mike Tinsley exists to encourage young engineers and their training and development, especially the physically handicapped. It was set up in honour of past member Mike Tinsley, who was described by those who worked with him as a very model of an engineer - committed to his profession, to his company and his colleagues and clients. Mike had suffered from polio and in spite of not being expected to walk again, through his own determination was able to pursue a career as an engineering manager for 25 years at Linde Refrigeration and during this time inspired and trained many new technicians.

The Trustees would welcome any applications from individuals with physical challenges, for funding of up to £1,000 grants towards their training. Applications can be submitted at any time but they must be made in writing to the Trustees outlining on no more than 1 page of A4 what training need would be addressed, how this is expected to help you in your career and a short bio or career background including a picture of the applicant at work. The grant can be spent on a training course, practical support or specialist tools and therapies. Successful applicants are required to provide a review of how the money has been spent (including invoices) and how their career has developed as a result of the grant within an agreed time frame. The money will be allocated based on likely impact of the training on the individual’s career prospects. Applicants must be members of the IOR at any grade of membership or subscribers to its Service Engineers Section. The judges may award up to five grants in any financial year and applicants can apply for support for a period of up to 3 years if necessary to support longer term training.

The Judging Panel includes: Steve Gill (Past IOR President), John Fraser (Past Chairman of IOR Scotland), both of whom knew Mike Tinsley, and the IOR Hon Treasurer Nick Rivers.

Please submit your application or contact us to discuss your proposed project via the contact form.