Jane Gartshore, the well-respected co-owner of the consultancy and training firm, Cool Concerns, has been included on the Daily Telegraph's 'Top 50 Women in Engineering' list.
The list is part of the National Women in Engineering Day campaign which recognises women making a difference in the world of engineering. Jane's inclusion recognises the importance of air conditioning and refrigeration as a professional career choice in engineering.
Jane Gartshore has a high profile within the refrigeration industry, in which she has served as President of the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) from 2007 to 2010. She chaired the IoR's Education and Training Committee, and is also on the British Refrigeration Association's Council.
Jane's lead in sustainability issues throughout her career have made her a thought leader on subjects including energy efficiency, deploying natural refrigerants and reducing refrigerant leakage. Jane's international work includes working with UNEP to bring about the phase-out of CFC in developing countries.
Jane commented on her career in refrigeration and air conditioning:
“Engineering offers so many opportunities to work all over the world in a huge range of sectors. It's an awesome career! Everyday is challenging and interesting.
“I chose to study engineering at university on the advice of my (male) physics tutor. It seemed more interesting than teaching and more attainable than being an astronaut. My entry into the refrigeration industry in 1977 was purely becuase I was offered a graduate trainee position by a compressor manufacturer. I initially worked on the design and development of commercial RAC equipment and then moved into technical sales, a global troubleshooting role.”
“In 1991, with another engineer, I set up Cool Concerns to provide practical training and consultancy for the RACHP industry. We have trained thousands of engineers on topics ranging from the basics to the safe application of flammable refrigerants.
“I have worked all over the world and most of that work has been to do with the deployment of alternative refrigerants (in which the UK leads the world.” In the UK, as well as developing training programmes, I work with clients to help them comply with standards and regulations on various sustainability projects.
“None of this is achieved on my own. Engineering is very a team job and this is part of its attraction.”