Project Manager for New Products & Past President of BRA,
I am fundamentally a Control Engineer. I divide my 45+ years career into two parts. Until I was about 40, I moved from one industry to another, acting as the initiator and first implementer of electronic controls of mechanical engineering products. Products with which I was involved in this way included electrostatic precipitators, electric vehicle chargers, machine tools/flexible manufacturing systems, printing machines, animal feed mills and, eventually, refrigeration equipment. In 1986 I moved into the Refrigeration Industry and I have stayed there. I spent 4 years with Copeland as the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Manager for Copeland Europe. I set up my own company and developed a monitoring and alarming product for small shops. I sold a few of these to prove the concept and then sold the rights to the product to my present employer – JTL Systems - for £1 and a fee for each unit sold. At the same time as I did the licence deal, I became an employee of JTL. I have now been with JTL for 23 years. In that time I have developed a large number of products, a number of which have been patented. I was the winner in 2000 of the J & E Hall Gold Medal for “Innovation, Application and Advancement of Refrigeration” I am currently the President of BRA – the British Refrigeration Association, and I am the Immediately Past Chairman of FETA - the Federation of Environmental Trades Associations. I am a Chartered Engineer, a member of IET, a Fellow of IOR. I have academic qualifications of BSc and MBA. These are from University of Birmingham and Cranfield respectively.