RACHP Engineering Technician Lifetime Achievement Awardsesawards2

Now calling for nominations

Download the nomination form here

Submit your nomination form by the 15th February 

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 2022 award using the form available here

2020/21 WinnerKevin Gregory with prize

Kevin Gregory of Kinlochs and Son Ltd.  Kevin began his career in refrigeration over 40 years ago in the Royal Navy. He was nominated for the award by his son who says “he has a natural ability to teach, that is displayed by the quantity and quality of the engineers who have learnt from him, something he prides himself on”. He remains enthusiastic about the future of our industry – “This is a fantastic industry” he says “It is not going to go away, it offers variety, you meet lots of people -but you have to know what you are doing and do your job properly.  To the young people looking for a career. Let me tell you this, the more you put into this industry the more you will get out of it. I am living proof. You can start right at the bottom as an engineer’s mate and end up the proud winner of a lifetime achievement award from the IOR. Thank you from the bottom of my heart”


Previous Winners

  • 2019 Paul Gardner, JPS Refrigeration 
  • 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