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Graham Garner retires after long service to refrigeration industry

After a lifetime of service and contribution to the refrigeration industry, Graham Garner has announced his retirement.

Graham worked for some of the best known companies in the sector and served on many industry technical and professional committees, both here and in Europe.

He represented the industry in negotiations with government and the European Union on issues such as the environment, refrigerants and engineer training.

Beginning with George Fischer Plc, he moved into refrigeration in 1972 as a sales Engineer with T H Wathes. He joined Westward Refrigeration in 1978, and went on to become technical director, rising to become managing director.

He led a management buy-out of the company in 1987, and subsequently grew the company from £1m turnover to £13m before selling to Wagon PLC in 1992.

In the enlarged group, he was appointed managing director of Radford Retail Systems, growing the company and taking it to £48m turnover. Radford later became part of Linde AG.

In 2000, he left the group after 22 years and became managing director of Carrier Refrigeration UK. He left the company in 2003 when, for health reasons, he decided not to pursue further high pressure roles.

Graham continued to work in a freelance capacity, and sat on two company boards in non-executive roles.

During his career, Graham played a prominent role in representing the industry on its committees and forums. He is a past-President of the British Refrigeration Association, a past Vice President of Eurovent-Cecomaf.

Last year he completed two years service as Chairman of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB).

As part of his responsibilities he led a British Trade Delegation to China.

Graham said: “My early training as a hands-on engineer provided an essential grounding when I went on to manage one of the UK’s largest and most successful refrigeration companies - and represent the industry, at home and abroad.

“What will I miss? The people, of course! The refrigeration industry is a strange fellowship of businessmen, engineers and their customers. Everyone fights tooth and nail over the last order - until they get to the bar!”

Graham, who turns 65 in December 2011, is married to Catherine, and has seven grandchildren.

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