Service Engineer Lifetime Achievement Awardsesawards2


Nominations are now closed

Nominations will open in September 2020. 


The IOR Service Engineers' Section makes an annual lifetime achievement award to recognise an individual's commitment to a career in service, maintenance or installation engineering. This award is sponsored by The ARC Journal Trainee of the Year Award. 

The Institute of Refrigeration Technician Awards celebrates the role of experienced engineers - 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 related field in a 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.

2018 WinnerPHOTO 2019 02 08 13 48 03

Joseph Birch of SJJ System Services

Described by his employer as “an amazing engineer and person, never phased by change”.

Joseph Birch has worked in the complex and specialist area of environmental test chambers for over 30 years, most recently for a small business SJJ System Services. He has shown a personal commitment to developing his knowledge in all aspects of this work from refrigeration to electrical controls, legal, practical, understanding of future needs and commitment to the environment. 

Joe is consistently looking to improve himself and meet customer demand to deliver these unique solutions - some of his most notable jobs involving test chambers for the military for shooting frozen chicken carcasses and growth rooms for various creatures including giant cockroaches.  He is still some way off retirement but is already helping to pass his knowledge on to next generation having supported the company’s apprentice for the past four years.  


Previous Winners

  • 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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