Star Refrigeration celebrates Gary McVittie’s appointment as Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration

Date: 28 March 2024
Star Refrigeration celebrates Gary McVittie’s appointment as Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration
Industrial refrigeration and heating consultant engineer, Gary McVittie, has been named as an IOR Fellow. This prestigious award recognises his technical expertise, leadership and contribution to improving the standing of the RACHP industry.

Star Refrigeration is delighted to announce that Gary McVittie, a consultant at the company’s technical arm, Star Technical Solutions, has been recently appointed as a Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR). This prestigious title acknowledges exceptional expertise, leadership, and contributions to the refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump (RACHP) sector.

The IOR Fellow membership is a distinguished honour, recognising individuals who have demonstrated a significant commitment to the advancement of the RACHP industry beyond their day to day responsibilities. Fellows of the IOR, denoted by the FInstR designation, are acknowledged as ambassadors and technical leaders within the sector.

“I am truly honoured to have been named as an IOR Fellow, having dedicated over twenty years to advancing the sustainability of the refrigeration industry through my work. My journey from an apprentice to a consultant at Star Refrigeration has been immensely rewarding, thanks to the support of my colleagues at Star. I’d like to share this great honour with the entire team whose commitment to the industry continues to drive the future of refrigeration forward.”

Gary McVittie FInstR has been an integral part of the Star Refrigeration family since he commenced his journey as an Apprentice Refrigeration Engineer back in 2000. While working as a Refrigeration Engineer, he completed a BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering, transitioning from Service Engineer to Design Engineer before progressing to Technical Manager in 2010 and Product Manager in 2022.

In his current role as a Consultant with Star Technical Solutions, Gary has provided invaluable technical advice on design, energy efficiency audits, health and safety and best practice to a wide range of customers. His expertise extends to delivering technical training presentations, both to customers and internally to colleagues, further emphasising his commitment to advancing the industry.

During his professional career, Gary has received numerous industry awards, including the IOR Scotland Apprentice of the Year Award and the RAC National Student of the Year Gold Award. He also represented the UK at the SkillFRIDGE Skills event in Germany in 2005, competing against eleven other countries. As a passionate advocate for careers in refrigeration, Gary has engaged with Careers Scotland and collaborated in the IOR Careers in Cooling Video to help the Institute promote a career in the refrigeration industry to young students and school leavers. Currently, as a STEM Ambassador, he presents experimental workshops and career case studies at local primary schools in Glasgow.

Gary’s career in industrial refrigeration and heating spans over two decades, during which he has demonstrated leadership at work, deep technical knowledge, and active involvement in shaping the future of the IOR and the refrigeration industry at large. From his initial steps as an apprentice to his current role as a consultant, Gary has continuously contributed to the industry’s advancement through various initiatives, including mentoring, authoring technical papers on sustainable cooling and presenting at conferences such as the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR).

Star Refrigeration extends its congratulations to Gary McVittie on this significant achievement and looks forward to supporting his continued contributions to the industrial refrigeration and heating sector.
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