Women in RACHP Careers Breakfast - Promoting the Industry and a Diverse Workforce

14 Mar 2018 08:30 to 11:30

Book here to attend - free


This careers meeting hosted by Bitzer UK will explore the range of different types of career that the refrigeration air conditioning and heat pump sector offers. Guest speakers will share their career path stories and Heads from local schools will discuss what they need from industry to help increase interest in engineering as a career choice.   The meeting participants will also share their experience of industry initiatives which are successfully engaging with young people and promoting our fantastic industry to the next generation.

This session is aimed at those currently working in the industry at any level or job function who would like to:

  • Hear more about the journey that our presenters have taken to get where they are today
  • How we can work together to highlight the industry to the next generation of engineers
  • To share what we are all doing now and inspire others in the industry to do the same

The event is not for women only!  Sharing our personal stories is designed to encourage those already working in the sector to persevere in their careers and to get actively involved in spreading the word about RACHP careers for women and men.


Bitzer UK, Third Ave, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1DR



8.30am    Doors open for breakfast and networking

9.00am     Introduction and welcome, Sam Buckell Chairman of the Institute of Refrigeration                                            Women in RACHP Network and Steve Gill President of the Institute of Refrigeration

9.10am      Jane Gartshore, Partner, Cool Concerns

9.30am     Lisa Pogson, Joint Managing Director, Airmaster

9.55am     Ian Fisher, Business Development Manager, Airmaster

10.10am     Shelley Bowdery, previously Head of Maths and Science at St Joseph’s College

10.30am   Chris Holmwood, Senior Deputy Headteacher at Shenley Brook End School

10.50am   Close from Steve Gill and Samantha Buckell

11.00am    Coffee and networking until 11.30


About our guest speakers 

Lisa Pogson, Joint Managing Director, Airmaster

Airmaster was a ‘one man band’ 25 years ago but now employs a team of 40 people in all sorts of technical and non technical roles. It is a growing company with turn over of £10 million, with a strong commitment to customer relationships and investing in staff and training.  Lisa is passionate about working with local educators at all levels to promote the industry.  

Jane Gartshore, Partner, Cool Concerns

Jane runs a successful technical training company, is a past President of the Institute of Refrigeration, has appeared on the list of the Top 50 Women in Engineering in the UK and has been instrumental in industry environmental awareness campaigns. She will draw from her 40 years as an engineer in a range of roles, what she has learnt and recommendations to anyone considering a career in engineering.   She will share a success story which illustrates the impact of effective careers help and guidance.

Shelley Bowdery, previously Head of Maths and Science at St Joseph’s College

For 35 years Shelly has been a teacher of Science and latterly Head of Faculty for Maths and Science at St Joseph’s College in Reading which was named the TES Independent School of the Year, 2015. She is dedicated to encouraging quality, enthusiastic, female candidates to apply for University STEM subjects, and has seen many young women begin a successful career in the sector.

Ian Fisher, Business Development Manager, Airmaster

Joined as an apprentice and worked his way up to Business Development Manager. As well as supporting and training technicians and engineers at Airmaster. Ian is keen to share his knowledge with those new to the industry and those who have never heard of it. With his unique blend of energy and commitment to reducing the environmental impact of air conditioning, Ian is an inspiration to many young professionals.


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