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The Board meets once a month and is comprised of the following board members.  For information on disclosure of government practices see attachment below.



Glynn Cowley (Chair)

Glynn is currently Chair of RLTB and maintains currency with the industry via his shareholding and directorship of Cooling Equipment Ltd, an engineered solutions provider to the refrigeration industry. He brings hands-on and wide-ranging experience to the Board, across all aspects of business, from service and contracting, to design and engineering.

With more than 40 years experience in the HVAC&R industry, Glynn is trade qualified having completed his refrigeration apprenticeship with Ellis Hardie Symington in 1977.  He founded Cowley Refrigeration Ltd and held the position of Managing Director and CEO until he retired in April 2010, after 30 years. Cowley Refrigeration operated 10 service and contracting branches throughout New Zealand, supported by a centralised Head Office function incorporating a national call centre, accounting and administration plus tendering, engineering and technical support.

Actively involved within the HVAC&R industry, Glynn is also currently a Board Member for EARB (Engineering Associates Registration Board) and IRHACE's representative on IIR's NZ National Council. Glynn has previously been an IRHACE Councillor.

Glynn's involvement in RLTB stems from a keen personal interest in ensuring that the HVAC&R industry maintains a sustainable mechanism for compliance training and other training needs, specific to the industry, to meet the challenges of a changing environment.

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 IHRACE 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.

Pat Kilduff

Pat is Principal / Director of Celsius Consulting Limited, a company offering specialist design, consultancy and project management to the HVAC and Refrigeration industry.

With more than 30 years' experience in the refrigeration trade, Patrick started his career as an apprentice in 1981 and went on to gain extensive service, design, contracts and operational experience working for well-known HVAC&R companies. Pat has been a relieving lecturer at MIT and has served on the Health and Safety Committees of many businesses. 

Previously, an Auckland IRHACE committee member for 6 years, Pat become involved with Refrigerant License New Zealand, first as a trainer and then in 2012 Pat was seconded to the Board.

Pat believes becoming more involved in the governance and guidance of the trade, will allow him to 'give back' to the trade that has provided him an interesting and varied livelihood. Pat's driving concern is the apparent 'dumbing down' the trade has suffered over the past 20 years as a result of public, Government and our own technicians' apathy and lack of perception of the safety aspects and dangerous nature inherent in what is expected of the refrigeration and HVAC industries.

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 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.

Rodger Wyatt

 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. 

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.  

Matt Allfree

Matt has worked closely with the HVAC&R industry for many years, more recently helping to develop the on line learning platform for RLNZ, as well as supporting IRHACE and CCCANZ with various strategic policies and projects in his role as Policy and Development Manager.

Matt is currently with MITO who are supportive of his continued work with the RLNZ Board. Matt originally completed a BA and a Teaching Diploma but has since accumulated extensive experience  in work based training and apprenticeships.

Matt previously worked for both the Tertiary Education Commission and Competenz and has been involved in qualification development, training evaluation and quality assurance; as well as government funding of providers and industry organisations. Matt joined the Refrigerant License Trust Board as an advisor in 2017. 



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