ACR Journal

CHANGING FACES 10 April 2022 | May 2022 Volume 8 No.3 DAVID SOWDEN, TECHNICAL MARKETING SPECIALIST, CHEMOURS David Sowden has joined Chemours Thermal and Specialised Solutions as technical marketing specialist, based in the UK. He will be supporting the adoption of Opteon lowGWP solutions in the EMEA region, providing technical support to distributors and their customers and Chemours’ OEM partners. David qualified as a marine engineer and has 40 years’ industry experience, the last 33 years being in the HVAC industry. He began his AC career as a project engineer with York International in the marine division, later becoming responsible for large chiller installations in London. He also worked as a technical engineer for Dean &Wood covering all products but specialising in industrial and commercial pressure regulation and expansion devices. He later moved to Danfoss as product manager for controls and compressors. His final two years playing a pivotal role in the design and development of Remote Monitoring Software for major UK Supermarkets. In 2003 David embarked on a commercial career with Copeland (Emerson) as sales manager for UK and Eire, responsible for compressor sales and account management to wholesaler and OEM markets. More recently he has been focussed on comfort applications for AC, heat pump, transport and data centre applications. David is a Fellow of the IOR and sits on the Service Engineers Section and on the FETA HVAC and Chairs the A2L committee. NEW FACES ON BCIA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced three new elected members of its management committee. Stacey Lucas is commercial and marketing director at Sontay, a role she has worked her way up to since joining the company as a Customer Service Advisor in 2001. Stacey’s experience and insight learned in these years has given her a fantastic knowledge of Sontay’s product range and how it fits within the industry with a high level of technical understanding. Matt Brown is currently managing director of E.ON Control Solutions and is a qualified management accountant with over 25 years’ experience. As a relative newcomer to the industry, Matt brings a fresh perspective and diverse thinking and is very keen to work for the benefit of the building controls industry. Simon Patman is director of BMeStimate, a service provider of BMS design and estimating services, providing contractors and manufacturers with resource to manage the peaks and troughs of the construction industry. He has almost 20 years of direct industry experience in various roles including design, engineering, project management and sales. Simon is excited to be involved in the betterment of the building controls industry, particularly during this age of rapid technological advancement. BCIA president Terry Sharp said: “I am delighted to welcome Stacey, Matt and Simon on to the BCIAmanagement committee. Their diverse backgrounds and career paths will be extremely valuable as we look to increase our knowledge and influence in the building controls sector and continue working for the benefit of our members and the wider industry.” JAKE MATTHEWS, OPERATIONS MANAGER, A-GAS RAPID RECOVERY Jake Matthews has been appointed operations manager for A-Gas Rapid Recovery in the UK. He was formerly employed at the company’s refrigerants’ reclamation and separation plant on the A-Gas site at Portbury, near Bristol. He said: “I will be leading a team of A-Gas Rapid Recovery engineers working across the UK. A-Gas Rapid Recovery, the F-Gas compliant on-site recovery service, is a good example of how refrigerant recovery can be made easy. “Large quantities of refrigerant can be removed swiftly and safely by our mobile A-Gas Rapid Recovery teams. Refrigerants sent to A-Gas reprocessing centres undergo chemical analysis, are cleaned of contaminants and pass through our reclamation and separation plant to create a product that matches the virgin refrigerant specification. This refrigerant becomes fully reclaimed product and is returned to the market in line with the AHRI 700 standard. "Reclaimed refrigerant is quota free and gases saved from disposal and returned to the market also reduce rawmaterial usage, energy consumption and unnecessary transport normally associated with virgin production. Jake added: “Greater amounts of high global warming refrigerants need to be lifecycle managed but the good news is that we are recovering and re-using larger quantities of these gases. I am really looking forward to being out on the road, sharing my onsite technical knowledge and meeting new customers.” NICK EASTWOOD, TECHNICAL MANAGER – RENEWABLES, SECON Specialist renewables distributor Secon has further strengthened its support teamwith the appointment of Nick Eastwood as technical manager – heat pumps. Nick has worked in the heating sector for 17 years, initially with a national heating company and, more recently, in the commercial installation and servicing sector. He said: “It’s great to be part of a teamwith such a strong passion for renewable technologies. Part of my role at Secon is to be able to offer technical assistance on heat pumps. I come from an installation and repair background and know the issues faced when installing and working on these technologies. “I have worked on many heat pump projects, from large scale social housing schemes through to bespoke domestic and commercial systems. I hope to be able to pass my knowledge on to our current renewables customers and the future ones wishing to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewables.’’ Secon Renewables managing director, Kevin Carling, said: We are delighted to welcome Nick to the team to further strengthen the support for our heat pump range. Utilising Nick’s experience and Knowledge we can help further improve the support we can provide our existing and new customers.” Stacey Lucas Matt Brown Simon Patman

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