The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) held its board elections for the 2021-2023 term and voted in Paul Jackson as the new president.

He will succeed Ian Harwood whose term ends in May, 2021.

Also appointed to the AIRAH board were Bryon Price and Liza Taylor, both re-elected. Chris Stamatis, is a new appointment, and succeeds the outgoing Harwood on the board.

AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, said Jackson is an ideal fit for the role.

“Paul is widely known and respected and has consistently shown leadership within AIRAH and the HVACR industry in general,” Gleeson said.

“He has a wealth of experience in our sector, and understands AIRAH’s history, but he is also working closely on some of the latest developments, including the digitisation of the built environment. I congratulate Paul on being elected AIRAH president and look forward to working with him.

“I would also like to thank Ian Harwood for all his efforts over the past four years. He has been an excellent ambassador for the Institute, and joins a prestigious honour roll of past presidents. We wish him all the best for the future.”

The announcement coincides with AIRAH’s 101-year birthday.

“I’m honoured to be elected president of AIRAH,” Jackson said.

“The Institute has been very agile over the past 101 years, and I’m sure it will continue to evolve to suit the needs of its members and the wider industry for another 100 years.

“Along with my fellow board directors, I look forward to helping navigate AIRAH into its second century.”

Gleeson said that the change in AIRAH’s board composition helps the organisation stay robust and relevant.

“We are fortunate to have a board that is strong in vision and expertise,” he said.

“Together, they represent many facets of our diverse industry.”

Jackson is the national contracts manager for Engineering Commissioning Services and has more than 35 years experience in the building services industry.

Jackson began serving as a director on the AIRAH board in 2018 and is a member of the organisation’s Western Australian division.

He entered the industry as a service engineer and has been involved in field diagnostics and commissioning of a wide variety of building services plant. Jackson’s skillset encompasses mechanical, electrical, air conditioning, associated control systems and BMS systems.







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