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The Board meets once a month and is comprised of the following board members.  

For information on the disclosure of Governance Practices and the RLNZ Trust Deed please refer to the attachments below.



Rodger Wyatt - Chair

Rodger is currently a Partner and Service Manager at Beattie Service. Rodger’s career within the refrigeration industry spans more than 35 years. His career started with a refrigeration engineering apprenticeship in Christchurch in 1977, in 2004 Rodger received an ECCA award for his work within the Industry.

Rodger is passionate about all aspects of the industry but particularly quality, training, and education. Rodger was part of the original working group in 1998 developing the Wallie Askew Memorial Workskills Competitions and has continued to be a member of the working group.  

Rodger has been an active member of the Christchurch IRHACE Committee since 1985 and has also held numerous roles on the national IRHACE Council, including President 2009 to 2011.  Rodger has served on the Board of CCCANZ, as Vice Chair and HVAC sector leader in 2011. Rodger joined the Refrigerant License Trust Board in 2013. 

Dave Nicholls

Dave is currently NZ Technical Manager for Realcold, a leading wholesale supplier to the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry in New Zealand and Australia. Appointed to the position in 2009, he previously held operational, sales and technical roles in the HVAC&R industry in both NZ and USA. With extensive experience managing small teams of sales and technical staff, Dave has a proven ability to develop, maintain, and expand customer relationships.

After more than 40 years' refrigeration industry experience, including six years as a Refrigeration Tutor / Examiner at Hutt Valley Polytechnic, Dave has a keen personal interest in ensuring that he is up to date with the constantly changing nature of the global refrigeration industry. With his immense enthusiasm for up-skilling colleagues and sharing best practices, Dave is a regular presenter at industry trade nights and of in-house customer training; and contributes articles to the IRHACE journal.

Actively involved in the HVAC&R industry, Dave was the Chair of the Wellington IRHACE for five years and became an IRHACE Councillor in 2013 and a board member of Refrigerant License New Zealand in 2012.

Dave has been involved in both running and judging the annual Wallie Askew Apprentice Competition for a number of years and is a strong advocate for maintaining a high standard of both practical and theoretical training, during and post apprenticeship.

Bill Sole

Bill was previously the Industry Leadership Manager for Competenz, the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) whose coverage includes the HVAC&R sector.  Bill started his career as an engineer with a large civil engineering contractor and worked as a senior site engineer on several phases of the Docklands Light Railway extension in London. He has twenty years' experience in the tertiary education sector, with a particular focus on industry training, in both management and governance roles.

Bill has held leadership roles in engineering education for many years, most recently on the Governance Group for the National Engineering Education Plan (NEEP) project.

Bill currently serves on the New Zealand Board for Engineering Diplomas (NZBED) and the Maintenance Engineering Society of New Zealand (MESNZ) Executive Committee and is passionate about driving increased productivity through skills development and utilisation.

Brent Long

Brent joined the Refrigerant License Trust Board in 2016.  Brent is currently Service Manager at Active Refrigeration Ltd.  Brent’s career within the refrigeration industry started with a refrigeration and air conditioning apprenticeship in Christchurch.

After completing his apprenticeship, Brent progressed to a sales engineer's role responsible for the design, selection, and applications of the Danfoss refrigeration valving and componentry range. Brent has gained expertise in the fields of industrial and commercial refrigeration service and design, commercial air conditioning service and design, plant maintenance and management, compressor overhauls, heat recovery, project management, plant appraisals, and audits.

Brent has a particular interest in natural refrigerant system design and applications.  

Jarrod Harris - Deputy Chair

 Basic pre-trade mechanical engineering complete upon leaving school while working for Affco meat works. Exposed to ammonia refrigeration, blast freezers, process engineering, etc 12 months. 1997 Joined NZ Navy as mechanical technician trained in refrigeration, air con, water makers, steam boilers, sewage treatment, gas turbine, diesel generators, etc branch change to electrician halfway through and complete L4 trade cert. Left Navy and started with Thermal Solutions in 2004, completed L4 RAC trade cert, worked with a huge range of refrigeration and AC systems (process cooling, commercial Freon systems, cascade, design, controls, electrical for mechanical, etc) mostly service and some install. Progress to a service manager, branch manager, shareholder, and Director. Completed 2 years Pg Dip Business in 2013. Also MInstD.

Jock McVicar

Starting out as an electrician I landed a job two weeks after finishing my apprenticeship at an air-conditioning firm and never looked back. I then moved on to working in commercial and industrial refrigeration followed by supermarkets, farms, and hospitality. Upon finishing my trade in refrigeration, I entered and won the 2016 Wallie Askew competition, completed registration as an electrical inspector and certificates in business and project management. In early 2018 I started my own business in Whangarei.

I have a passion for the trade and the training of the next generation. Having completed my apprenticeship recently I can offer a perspective relative to the current training situation. I want to see our industry strengthen through knowledge and transition to the future of refrigeration safely.



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