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Trainer Profiles

All Refrigerant License New Zealand Trainers are experienced industry practitioners and have been through an independent assessment process to become one of our trainers. They all hold a current Approved Filler Test Certificate 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 - Hazardous Substances Compliance Logistics Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Beijer Ref.

With ten years HVAC&R experience, Colin is currently Hazardous Substances Compliance Logistics Manager for Beijer Ref.  Colin is also responsible for administering the Patton/Recovery New Zealand refrigerant recovery programme, 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 is the current Chairperson for Refrigerant Recovery New Zealand. 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.


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 immediate Past President of IRHACE.


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.


Pat Kilduff – Celsius Consulting Limited
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.




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