meet the acr news awards 2024 judges

We are delighted to announce this year’s ACR News Awards judges- a diverse panel of discerning experts from across the industry

DARREL BIRKETT

Managing Director of Cool Designs

In the trade over 30 years, Darrel has always served in air conditioning distribution and for the last 20 years as Managing Director of Cool Designs Ltd.  During that time has been hands on to navigate evolving refrigerants, technology and legislation that has directly influenced the air conditioning market, and the way distributors service the trade.

(Darrel will not be judging wholesaler/distributor, support engineer, customer service or trainee categories.)

DAVID PAGET

 Refrigeration Surveyor at LRQA Verification Ltd

David Paget has been involved in the wider industry such as the development of BSI product standards and various IOR guidance notes for many years.

He continues to be active with both the IoR and BSI, recently being appointed to the chair of refrigeration safety at the BSI.

KEVIN GLASS

Managing Director of BITZER UK

Kevin Glass, Managing Director of BITZER UK, has nearly 40 years’ experience in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

A past-President of the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), Kevin’s wide-ranging career has spanned technical, management and latterly senior leadership roles, much of it with leading compressor specialist BITZER.

He gained City & Guilds qualifications in Engineering at Uxbridge College, followed by experience in technical sales at APV Hall Commercial with responsibility for BITZER and Fincoil.

Kevin’s area of expertise expanded with the addition of technical responsibility for Bristol compressors, Friga-Bohn coolers and condensers and SWEP plate heat exchangers.

Following the acquisition of the company by BITZER, Kevin was promoted to Engineering Manager of BITZER UK in 1997, spearheading the development of pack building and manufacture of bespoke condensing units, before becoming MD in 2011.

As well as being a past-President of the IOR, Kevin has served as a member of the Institute’s Board of Trustees and Membership Committee. Kevin will be judging in all categories except Refrigeration.

RICHARD MERRITT

Managing Director of AC Solutions Group Ltd

Richard Merritt has over 30 years’ experience in the industry starting out as a building services apprentice.

Richard is BESA London and South East region Chairman, BESA RACHP group executive committee Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors for ACRIB.

A Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers & the Institute of Refrigeration.

MARTYN COOPER

Commercial Manager,
FETA

Martyn Cooper, Commercial Manager at FETA, joined the Federation in May 2015
after a 37 year long career in the chemical industry. Originally working for ICI within
their plastics business, Martyn was involved in the sales and marketing of refrigerants, initially with ICI KLEA and then its antecedents, Ineos Fluor and Mexichem Fluor. His final position was Regional Sales Manager for Northern Europe.

Martyn’s role now includes supporting various sections within several of the member associations of FETA; BRA, HPA and HEVAC. He has also been involved in the launch and promotion of the recent BRA Putting into Use Replacement Refrigerants (PURR) report. Martyn’s future work will include raising the profile of FETA and its member associations and highlighting the benefits of membership of a trade association.