Meet the Judges

The HVR Awards judging panel has been tasked with the difficult job of reviewing every single entry and producing a shortlist – and ultimately one winner – in the Ancillary Product of the Year, Commercial/Industrial Air Conditioning Product of the Year, Commercial/Industrial Heating Product of the Year, Commercial/Industrial Ventilation Product of the Year, HVAC Initiative of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, SBS Contractor of the Year and Sustainable Product of the Year categories.

Spearheading the decision-making process are:

Dr Catarina Marques

Research Fellow, London South Bank University (LSBU)

Catarina is a Research Fellow at London South Bank University (LSBU) with 13 years’ experience working on funded research projects in the areas of food, refrigeration and thermal storage materials. She is currently managing a large consortium project on local smart energy networks that combine heat, power and mobility.

Catarina has worked simultaneously in the industry and academia through an industrial CASE award PhD and two knowledge transfer partnerships between LSBU and Adande Refrigeration Ltd. She won an Innovate UK business leader of the Future award in 2015 and managed Adande’s Engineering department for 3 years leading the development of novel award-winning energy efficient products and certification to international markets.

She has 6 years’ experience writing EN and ISO standards. Catarina is the President of the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) CaRe (Careers in Refrigeration) working group that aims to make refrigeration more visible to the general public and inspire a young generation to join this field. She regularly organises international workshops for CaRe and it is a member of the Institute of Refrigeration steering group on Women in Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Heat Pumps.


Duncan Sibbald

Building Engineering Services Association

Having joined BESA as Head of Certification just over 2.5 years ago, Duncan Sibbald has been instrumental in the development of BESA’s Vent Hygiene Elite scheme. The scheme allows businesses to self-certify their cleaning works, demonstrating compliance it allows businesses to self-certify their specialist hygiene works to the required industry TR19® Specification and all current industry legislation. 

Duncan also heads up SKILLcard, which is the industry-recognised card issuing and personnel registration scheme for people working in the mechanical sector of the building engineering services industry throughout the UK. 

With a decade of experience in running ventilation hygiene firms, Duncan has a successful track record in working closely with facilities and building managers across a wide range of industries, helping them to operate to the highest standards.

Lisa-Jayne Cook

Sales and Applications Engineer

 Lisa-Jayne is an active member of both the IOR and WES, sitting on the IOR’s Women in RACHP steering committee, championing women in her field and participating in initiatives that encourage the next generation to consider careers in STEM.  

She was recently named in WES’s Women in Engineering Top 50 for 2019.   

Lisa-Jayne is a Sales and Applications Engineer with over 19 years’ experience in the Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Process Cooling industries.  

She has extensive experience in air side product design and specification.  Lisa-Jayne has more recently been working in Chilled Water Process Cooling applications at J&E Hall, applying her knowledge of cooling systems to a vast number of processes, managing solutions from design to project delivery.  

Martyn Cooper

Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA)

Martyn Cooper is currently Commercial Manager at FETA, having joined them in May 2015 after a 37-year long career in the plastics and chemical industries.

Martyn joined the Plastics Division of ICI in 1978, initially working in the development department, before moving into Sales and Marketing roles.  He then moved into ICI Chemicals and Polymers as a Techno-Commercial Manager, before joining ICI KLEA in 1992.  Martyn was involved in the sales and marketing of refrigerants, initially as a UK Account Manager.

He then moved into a number of commercial positions with ICI’s antecedents, Ineos Fluor and Mexichem Fluor.  His final position was Regional Sales Manager for Northern Europe, with responsibility for market development of lower GWP refrigerants.

Ross Anderson

Director of ICOM Energy Association

Ross Anderson has extensive experience of the commercial heating and hot water sector, having worked in technical roles for many years and, latterly, in management roles within the sector. He spent 16 years at Lochinvar in various management positions and has worked for Hoval more recently.

In addition, he has played a key role on the technical committees of BCEMA, ICOM and BSI, as well as contributing to CEN European standards work.

In the role as Director of ICOM, he represents the commercial and industrial heating manufacturers in discussions on Policy and Standards with various government departments and leading Institutions.

Also within the last year he has taken on the additional role of Director of a new association representing the Manufacturers of Equipment for Heat Networks Association (MEHNA).

Stephen Gill

HVACR consultant & former president of the Institute of Refrigeration

Stephen Gill is a previous recipient of an HVR Award and an experienced HVACR consultant with expertise in energy efficiency and sustainability within the built environment.

An active industry figure, Steve is past-President of the Institute of Refrigeration and was instrumental in forming ASHRAE UK-Midlands in 2015.

This was the first local chapter in the UK of ASHRAE – a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment.

Stephen says of the HVR Awards: “We appreciate excellence by recognising it. The HVR Awards focus attention on the best in the HVAC industry and help to spotlight innovation and leading practise in the sector. As a working engineer myself, I feel that the HVR Awards are a wonderful opportunity to recognise industry excellence”.