• Elected ARC chair Greg Picker.
    Elected ARC chair Greg Picker.
  • Interim ARC chair Kylie Farrelley.
    Interim ARC chair Kylie Farrelley.

Greg Picker has been elected as chair of the Australian Refrigeration Council board, taking over from Michael Bennett, who is retiring.

Picker is executive director of Refrigerants Australia, a role he has filled for the past decade. With both Australian government and United Nations experience, Picker brings a deep understanding of environmental policy as well as the refrigeration and air conditioning industry to the role. 

ARC also welcomed Refrigerant Reclaim Australia GM Kylie Farrelley to the board to fill the vacancy caused by Bennett’s retirement.

Farrelley previously spent 20 years as business manager for fluorochemicals with specialty chemical and synthetic refrigerant producer Arkema.

The ARC board is entirely voluntary, with all directors contributing their time and knowledge and acting as stewards of the ARCtick refrigeration and air conditioning licence scheme, as well as leading initiatives in training, innovation, education and advocacy.

Directors represent the full spectrum of climate control, technicians, businesses, designers, wholesalers and manufacturers in both the RAC and automotive air conditioning sectors.

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