Student of the year judge

2 December 2020 | Grosvenor House Hotel


Jacinta Caden

Jacinta Caden MInstR, MWES, Associate at Critical Project Services

Jacinta is a qualified RAC engineer having started off as an apprentice in Dublin where she carried out service, maintenance and installation of RAC systems. She was exposed to a wide range of environments including hospitals, hotels, warehouses etc. Jacinta has since held various roles including technical, design, sales and managerial positions. She now works for Critical Project Services, a Management Consulting firm dedicated to the Mission Critical industry. Her role is to develop their European business through the management of clients who have requirements in all facets of Data Centres. Jacinta is on the IOR Board of Trustees, serves on the WES Council, is a Steering Group Member of the WiRACHP Network and a member of the IOR E&T Committee. In 2019 Jacinta won ACR Woman of the Year Award and a WES Top 50 Current or Former Apprentices Award.


John David Hobley FinstR

 (Known as JD to family, colleagues, customers and friends )

I joined the Merchant Navy in 1969 with Cunard to train as a Marine Engineer on the QE2 joining her as an Engine Room Boy at the age of 16yrs in 1970. On leaving Cunard and the QE2 later in the 70’s, I started my career ashore as a Refrigeration Service Engineer gaining experience from farm milk tanks to supermarkets before eventually joining HRP in Southampton in the 80’s to enter into AC&R Wholesaling and Distribution. I have now been in the AC&R industry for over 45 years from Service Engineer to Manager to Director. I am on the Membership committee of the IoR, am a Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration and Vice Chairman of the Hampshire Refrigeration Society. For the last 6 years I have been the South and South West Regional Manager for National Wholesaler FSW .


John Skelton FInstR M.ASHRAE

Senior Engineering Delivery Manager, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

John Skelton joined Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited as an apprentice in 1984. He has spent his career in retail refrigeration working for and on behalf of various UK food retailers.  He has been instrumental in reducing Sainsbury’s carbon footprint and the step change to CO2 refrigeration.  John has delivered CO2 in over 200 stores and continues to champion the switch to natural refrigerant solutions.

John sits on the Institute of Refrigeration’s Executive Council, chairs its Education & Training Committee and was a key influencer behind the successful RACHP Trailblazer scheme.

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