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Graeme Fox and Mike Creamer to vie for IOR presidency

Institute Nominating Committee selects two industry leading lights for election as President-Elect

The Institute of Refrigeration has selected Graeme Fox and Mike Creamer as its two candidates for election as President-Elect. The two men, who have both carved out illustrious careers in the cooling industry, will compete for the post, which would support current president Kevin Glass for the next year, and then go on to become president in 2020.

The IoR reported that its Nominating Board, consisting of Board members and Past Presidents, considered 13 nominations, before deciding to put the two men forward.

Members who are eligible to vote will receive a voting link by email. Voting for the President Elect will close on October 30 and the results announced on November 6 at 4.15 pm.

Additional candidates can, however, be nominated by Institute members before the deadline of September 6 at 12 noon. This is provided that nominations have the signatures of 20 supporting members. 

The Institute requires the President Elect to display a series of attributes, which it summarises as follows:

  • High profile and standing in the industry
  • Extensive current involvement in Institute activities
  • Depth of technical knowledge in their own field
  • Wide range of existing contacts, broad knowledge of the sector and subsectors
  • Ability to represent the Institute interests to the press, government and other bodies.
  • Proven ability to chair meetings
  • Confidence in public speaking
  • Good leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences.
  • Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up.
  • A balanced and non-commercial approach
  • Availability to attend regular meetings in the UK (approx 25 hrs per month) as well as representing the Institute at industry events in the UK and overseas.
  • Must have shown a long term commitment to the Institute.

The two candidates have each submitted a testimonial with their nomination:

Mike Creamer

I’ve enjoyed my membership of the IOR for many years, recognising its fine work and excellent contribution to our industry and I feel very honoured in being considered for this crucially important role.

Although I now have a few grey hairs, my boyish enthusiasm for AC&R technology, machines and applications within our industry remains as strong as ever. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with hundreds of great industry people and engineers for over 40 years.

I am also fortunate to have won a few awards in recognition of my efforts to improve the efficiency and reliability of numerous systems, whilst providing others with the tools and knowledge to do so.

I’ve endeavoured to pass on practical and useful knowledge to engineers via my 15-year Masterclass-Air Conditioning Technology Series and many technical articles and we’ve seen thousands of engineers trained and certified through my company. Even so, there is still much to do, learn and pass on, especially with so many new industry changes and challenges.

My career posts include Toolmaker, Design Draughtsman and Mechanical Design Engineer, (drives, gears, cams, pneumatic systems). Then Chief Applications Engineer, Marketing Manager, Sales Director, Compressor Quality Director and Managing Director.

I’ve designed and developed automated production machinery, chemical dehumidification systems achieving -60°C dewpoint, control systems, selection software, variable speed refrigeration systems, calculation software and various air conditioning / refrigeration systems.

My daily work keeps me heavily occupied in Design / R&D and a good deal of time is field-based, working on water chillers, refrigeration systems, process cooling, sea-going equipment and large cooling systems in Nuclear Power Stations.

A real passion of mine is the critical need to reduce wasteful energy consumption and CO2 emissions. My field performance analysis work regularly shows me the huge air conditioning power consumption within buildings and how as much as 30% can be saved by eliminating inefficiency via simple adjustments. Increasing awareness of this environmental opportunity would be one of my objectives as IOR President.

As further evidence of my quest to reduce energy consumption, particularly within large cooling systems, I set about the development in 2013 of a variable speed oil-free centrifugal compressor, achieving very high COP and nearly 40% reduction in power consumption. The unique hybrid non-magnetic bearings allow this machine to run quietly at 49,000rpm with virtually no vibration. Perhaps it will reach the World someday! 

If I were ultimately elected President of the IOR, I would aim to achieve tangible and worthwhile benefits for the AC&R industry, end-users and the IOR. The need for reduced energy consumption and emissions and the enhancement of engineering skills across the industry, in particular the elevation of young people, into this wonderful industry, would be my focus.

I would also aim to positively influence the relevant Government Departments by creating stronger awareness of both the need and the means of reducing the UK’s energy consumption.

Graeme Fox

Before taking up my present role at the BESA in November 2016, I ran my own contracting business for more than 25 years, mainly in building services air conditioning heat pump systems design and build, but also smaller refrigeration installations and maintenance. During that time I worked on a variety of systems from single split AC, through VRF/VRV to commercial refrigeration systems. I have a good overall understanding of the contracting sector’s particular problems and outlook.

Prior to that I was trained as a refrigeration engineer by my father starting out on small walk-in cold rooms and freezers, maintenance and then installation of evaporative condensers, and occasional air conditioning systems.

I have spent more than 15 years representing the BESA at AREA – the European RAC contractors’ association - including 4 years as President from 2010 to 2014, developing a network of contacts across the UK, Europe and beyond which comprises contractors, manufacturers, civil servants and politicans.

I am currently acting as the EU partner developing global minimum competency criteria for RACHP technicians in Article 5 countries on a UNEP project titled the Refrigerant Drivers’ Licence, and have been involved in developing training materials for delivery across Article 5 nations. I kick started this project in January 2014 when discussing concerns about flammable refrigerant being widely rolled out across the developing world before they have had the opportunity to develop and implement safe standards of work. This project is now at a pilot stage where we have started training the trainers in six UN Article 5 nations who signed up to the pilot programme.

I have developed a good understanding of the working and governance of trade/industry associations that will help with the proposed role at the IOR, including becoming more involved with the IOR itself more recently - being elected to the Board of Trustees last year.

The next period of office covers a highly challenging period which our sector will face in terms of the accelerating phase down of HFCs, increasing use of alternative refrigerants in mainstream use, and service and use bans of several refrigerants. My experience with the F-Gas regulation development, implementation and review process brings crucial insight into the implications, particularly for end users and contractors – giving the Institute a fresh angle to approach the issues from.

My current work role as Head of the REFCOM schemes involves a considerable amount of interaction with people from all levels of the sector and has given me a unique insight to the wider industry’s requirements longer term which I believe I can bring to the IOR to help the Institute interact on a wider scale as we look to raise awareness of our sector to the wider world and attract more engineers to our sector.

 

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