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Trainer Profiles

All Refrigerant License Trainers are experienced industry practitioners and have been through an independent assessment process to become one of our trainers. They all hold current Approved Filler and / or Handler Test Certificates as well as various industry qualifications as outlined in their profiles.


Keith Bannister, Downer EDI Engineering Limited, HVAC Electrician

With more than 24 years HVAC&R industry experience including: PPM and reactive maintenance; project management; design; technical sales and support, Keith has worked extensively on VRV equipment, water-chillers and supermarket refrigeration rack systems, in addition to large commercial heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment. City and Guilds Parts 1, 2 & 3 - Refrigeration and Air-conditioning qualified, Keith is IQP Registered and also a NZ Registered Electrician.


Colin Booth - Warehouse Controller, Patton Ltd

With five years HVAC&R experience, Colin is currently responsible for administering Patton/Recovery NZ’s refrigerant recovery programme. He is the decant-operator', recovering refrigerant for destruction for the lower North Island, including checking cylinders for compliance. Colin is also responsible for registration and importing of recovery cylinders for sale by Patton.



John Bowen - Consultant

Having worked within the HVAC&R industry for 50 years, John’s qualifications include: Trade Certificate Refrigeration; Advanced Trade Certificate Refrigeration; Trade Certificate Electrical Appliance Servicing; and Diploma in Air Conditioning System Design. John has been actively involved in many industry entities having been President NZIRACE, President IRHACE and Chairman RACCA at various times. John has over 40 years in the design and application of refrigeration and air conditioning systems and is an experienced industry trainer through his management of the “Train the Trainers” refrigeration courses in 13 Pacific Island countries and Trainer of the “Train the Trainers” refrigeration courses in four Pacific Island countries.


Jarrod Harris - Branch Manager, Thermal Solutions Auckland Ltd

Jarrod’s initial engineering training was undertaken in RNZN, where he qualified as an electrician working on refrigeration, air-conditioning, air handlers, main switch boards, gas turbines, etc. Leaving the Navy, Jarrod completed his refrigeration qualification, and worked across a large range of HVAC&R and electrical projects, progressing to branch manager and business owner. With Level 4 qualifications in Trade Refrigeration / Air-conditioning and Trade Electrical – Electrician, Jarrod has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Business to complement his 16 years HVAC&R experience.


Deirdre Johns - Retail Refrigeration Fitout Manager, South Island

Deirdre has over 17 years HVAC&R experience and has completed Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Diploma and Advanced Trade; a Sales and Marketing Diploma and EECA Energy and Efficiency Courses. Deirdre started her career in the industry working for a wholesaler: counter sales, unit sizing, parts ordering and room design. Deidre completed her apprenticeship focusing on commercial and domestic refrigeration and air-conditioning. She has also worked in controls design and sales. Deirdre has been a Refrigeration Tutor at SIT and is the current President of IRHACE.


Rob Pointon - Commercial Specialist, Fujitsu General New Zealand Ltd

With 35 years industry experience, Rob holds Trade and Advanced Trade Certificate - Refrigeration Engineering; Electrical Service Trade Certificate and Registration and NZCE Level 4 qualifications. Rob’s broad experience encompasses: servicing and installation of industrial and commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, (process chiller systems, coolroom and freezer rooms, supermarkets, meatworks and manufacturing sites); industrial ammonia plant experience; large site HVAC&R related control and automation work.; and engineering, sizing and pricing for Refrigeration and HVAC processes.



Rod Pola - Director, Pola Air

With 25 years within the HVAC&R industry, Rod is a Trade Certified Refrigeration engineer and Fujitsu accredited. Rod’s industry experience includes: working on HVAC BMS systems in Europe; he has a mobile service engineer in London; and serviced various refrigeration systems in the goldmines of Western Australia. Rod is currently running his own company, looking after farm refrigeration in South Waikato and Bay of Plenty.



Robyn Atkins - HVAC Sales Support Engineer, Eurotec

Registered electrician for 27 years mostly within an industrial environment and 25 years experience in the HVAC controls industry, from on the tools to design and implementation.  Robyn has worked for Landis and Gyr and Staefa in the UK. On return to NZ Robyn worked for Landis & Staefa and then Siemens Building Technologies setting up and then managing the Service Department. Robyn worked in China for 2 years with Belimo setting up the Technical Support Department for the Asia Pacific Region. Upon return to NZ, Robyn begun working for Eurotec, as a sales engineer focusing on HVAC controls and department manager.  Currently Robyn works part time for Eurotec as HVAC sales engineer focusing on the HVAC Control Systems.


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