Student of the year judge

2 December 2020 | Grosvenor House Hotel


Jacinta Caden

Jacinta Caden MInstR, Technical Director at USystems

Jacinta has been in the RAC industry for over 17 years. Jacinta embarked on an apprenticeship through a RAC contractor in Dublin where she carried out service, maintenance and installation on various RAC systems and subsequently qualified as an RAC engineer. Since coming off the tools Jacinta has since held technical, design, sales and managerial positions. Jacinta is Technical Director at USystems, a manufacturer of innovative and sustainable cooling solutions, cabinets and containment for the data centre sector. Jacinta is a member of the Board of Trustees for the IOR, a Steering Group Member of the WiRACHP Network, a member of the IOR Education & Training Committee, a STEM Ambassador and also has significant interest in the SkillFRIDGE and WorldSkills initiatives. 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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