ACR Journal

CHANGING FACES 50 August | September 2021 Volume 7 No.5 NEIL ROBERTS, SENIOR TECHNICAL SALES MANAGER, CLIMALIFE UK Neil Roberts has joined refrigerant supplier Climalife UK as senior technical sales manager, with the Bristol-based company welcoming the addition of his experience at a “pivotal moment for the industry’’. Neil joined the refrigeration industry in 1992 when he supported Peter Dinnage, now Climalife’s technical director, with the introduction of the ISCEON 9 Series range of refrigerants to the UK market. Six years later, the UK operation split off as a joint venture with the Dehon Group and IDS Refrigeration was born. Here, Neil continued to work towards global adoption of the ISCEON 9 Series and then went on to work for the Dupont refrigerants business (later spun off as Chemours), helping to bring the Opteon Low GWP A1 and A2L refrigerants to market. Previously technical and business development refrigerants EMEA at Chemours, he will continue to support the UK market in his new role at Bristol-based Climalife, assisting the industry through the next phase of transition to very low GWP refrigerants as well as advising on some of the other synergy products in the Climalife range. Allan Harper, Climalife managing director, said: “We are very pleased to have Neil join the business at this pivotal moment for our industry as he brings a wealth of knowledge that will be of great assistance in helping our customers and the industry with the changing refrigerant landscape.” NEW CEO AND CHAIRMAN FOR FETA Chris Yates is the new chief executive of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA). He will take over in early September from Russell Beattie, who has been in the post for 14 years and delayed his original departure date due to the Covid situation. Chris has worked in the low carbon and renewable heating and ventilation sector since 1998 and has gained extensive experience running manufacturing/ distribution companies and working for the Energy Utilities Alliance. Paul White , meanwhile, has been appointed FETA chairman, replacing Mark Woods who has stepped down after two years in the role. Mark has also passed on the role of president of the British Refrigeration Association (BRA) to Mark Hughes of Chemours, who has served as BRA vice-president since 2019. Paul, who is also the president of HEVAC, is a director at Ventilation Fire Smoke and has been involved with ventilation for most of his career. AERMEC STRENGTHENS SALES TEAM Aermec has bolstered its sales team with six strategic appointments to meet increasing workloads and continued business growth. David Ede , Nick Spargo and Daniel Shelton have been appointed as business development managers. David has extensive HVAC experience, having worked for many of the industry’s leading names in chiller and AHU sales as well as heat exchangers. He is a member of CIBSE. Nick has an engineering degree and worked in the HVAC industry for over 22 years. He has experience across many technologies including chillers, AHUs, CRAC and dry coolers and held many sales and management positions. Daniel, who will be boosting Aermec’s presence in the East Midlands, brings over 15 years’ experience in the industry, having held various engineering and technical sales positions. Danny Lear takes up the post of London & South sales manager, he has a strong track record in chiller sales and has held many managerial roles. Michel Marsal joins as a senior applications engineer. He has a refrigeration background with multi-brand experience and has held various roles in the HVAC&R industry over a 20-year period. Aermec has also appointed Phil Atkins, who previously ran his own air conditioning business, as a project manager. He is a qualified electrician and completed the SMSTS (Site Manager Safety Training Scheme) and is also a ‘black hat’ supervisor, promoting best practice on sites Phil Atkins Nick Spargo Michel Marsal Chris Yates

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