ARBS HALL OF FAME 2018

Inductees are nominated and inducted into the ARBS Hall of Fame by the ARBS industry member associations. Inductees have significantly contributed to the development of the HVAC&R and building services industry in recognition of outstanding service, contribution and commitment above and beyond the call of duty. The individuals have worked tirelessly, and in most cases voluntarily to further the industry and its endeavours with demonstrable achievements that have greatly benefited the industry.

 

JOHN BOSCI - NOMINATED BY AIRAH

John Bosci, has made a tremendous contribution not only to Australian  HVAC&R, but also to the building industry. Throughout his career John played  key roles in consultancy Lincolne Scott (now WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff), with AIRAH, and the ARC. Through his efforts, passion, grit and determination, he helped shape individual projects, careers, lives, and the industry itself.

John joined AIRAH in 1977, by this time climbing the Lincolne Scott hierarchy,  where he eventually became CEO. In 2017 John earned AIRAH’s highest honour, the James Harrison Medal. In 2002/2003 he became AIRAH board’s treasurer and proceeded to change the entire financial direction of the organisation. His efforts were largely responsible for transforming AIRAH from a “club” to a viable business. He helped put the Institute in a position to offer wider services to all members, and to better represent the industry.

John was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC), where John was also the inaugural chair. Under John’s stewardship he was involved in many iconic projects, including Melbourne’s Crown Casino, Brisbane International Airport’s Domestic Terminal Complex, and Brisbane’s Waterfront Place. John is well respected and known for his honesty, wealth of knowledge and great ideas and has been a member of AIRAH for 41 years.

 

STEPHEN GILCHRIST - NOMINATED BY CIBSE ANZ

Stephen is a passionate building services practitioner who has played a key role in developing the professionalism of the industry in Australia and New Zealand.

He has been an active member of many organisations including holding positions of Foundation member, honorary treasurer and chairman for The  Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers since 1960.

He has represented Engineers Australia, Sydney Division (1996-2016) on the  Building Regulations Advisory Council, was Chairman (1998) and Treasurer (1999- 2007) of the Society for Building Engineering Services. Stephen was instrumental in having Building Services recognised as an engineering discipline on the National Professional Engineers Register in Australia and as a category in the development of the APEC Engineer Protocols. He has had a long association with ARBS where he was involved at its conception in 1997, through being a Director (2011-2016) and participating as a Judge for the ARBS Industry Awards (2012-18).

Never one to seek the limelight, Stephen has given generously of his time to  make our industry a better one, all whilst holding senior positions in several  major companies. People like Stephen tend to be the unsung heroes of  professions like building services engineering – his induction into the ARBS Hall of Fame is recognition from his peers that his efforts are greatly  appreciated.

 

MARK PADWICK - NOMINATED BY AREMA

President, AREMA and Managing Director, Sanden International(Australia) 2018

Mark Padwick is a passionate and tireless supporter of HVAC&R, dedicating an enormous amount of personal time to helping advance the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry in Australia.

In his role as President of AREMA and a Director of ARC, Mark interacts with government and regulators –both nationally and internationally. He also sits on numerous committees and boards and has contributed to shaping legislation that regulates the industry. Most recently, he participated in reviews of the GEMS Act and the Ozone Act.

With more than 35 years’ experience in the industry, Mark has a real passion for its welfare. He constantly strives to improve its performance (both technically and environmentally) and improve the skills of Australian technicians.

 

DAVID SEEDSMAN - NOMINATED BY AMCA

David has a long and distinguished career in the air conditioning and mechanical services industry. 

After completing his apprenticeship in 1963, David was awarded the Victorian Overseas Scholarship and continued his training in Belgium and England.  Returning to Australia in 1966, David commenced working at A G Coombs in the estimating department, before moving into project supervision and management.  He was appointed General Manager in 1980 and began working closely with Allan Coombs and Phillip Coombs, who he mentored for several years.

David’s leadership and experience were invaluable during challenging times in the industry, especially during the recession, and played a pivotal role in securing high profile projects.

In 1996 David joined AE Smith & Son as National Construction Manager. He had responsibility for all construction covering QLD, NSW, VIC and TAS. During his 15 years’ service at A E Smith, David was involved in the negotiation of numerous landmark projects until his retirement in 2011.

David represented AMCA in Victoria and served continuously on the AMCA Victorian Executive from 1978 to 2002; including State President 1989 to 1991 and was made life member in 2008, in recognition of his contribution. 

 

WARREN COLE - NOMINATED BY RACCA

Warren has significantly contributed to the HVAC&R industry in many ways for over five decades. One of Warren’s outstanding career highlights is his 20 plus years of involvement in HVAC&R education, specifically his delivery, training and assessment of the Diploma of Engineering in HVAC&R. 

The content and method of delivery produced countless refrigeration and air conditioning engineers working in various sectors of the industry today, and there is little doubt that without the availability of the Diploma, which Warren made possible, the current growth of HVAC&R Diploma graduates and the companies they service would be significantly reduced.

Warren’s contributions and achievements extend much further than the education aspect of the industry. Warren has been employed in many of the different facets of the industry, including: project management, system installation, system design, product development, maintenance, and servicing in both domestic and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning.

Warren’s 50 plus years of involvement in the industry has not gone unnoticed. Over the years he has received several industry awards and accreditations, which have allowed him to undertake duties and activities that have earned him high respect within the industry.