We want to congratulate our very own Jacinta Caden, for recently becoming only the 4th ever female in 119 years, to be voted onto the Institute of Refrigeration board (IOR).
An inspiring role model and advocate for the industry, Jacinta is the Spiral Freezers Operations Manager/Business Development Manager and a qualified refrigeration engineer with over 15 years of experience. She has progressed from the practical, hands on side of the industry as an apprentice through various roles including technical, design, sales and managerial positions.
Working in the Industrial Refrigeration Division of Integral, her roles see her involved with the operational aspects of the Spiral Freezers business. She also researches, sources and develops new and existing business involving service/maintenance & projects of spiral freezers and refrigeration systems particularly in the food production/processing, manufacturing, logistics, pharmaceutical, brewing, storage and life science industries.
As well as her involvement with the IOR, Jacinta is an active council member of the Women's Engineering Society (WES) and a member of the steering group for Women in Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps (WiRACHP) Network.
Having grown up with a family background in the business and now an engineer herself, Jacinta has witnessed at first hand not only the general shortage of skills and specialist engineers, but also the lack of females in what has traditionally been a male dominated profession. She is therefore passionate about raising awareness of the opportunities and apprenticeships available, especially to young girls and women, in an industry that is often overlooked. She says:
“There are fantastic people, companies and career opportunities out there and with technology creating new innovations all the time, there is always something to learn. ACR is a trade most people take for granted or are unaware of. There are so many varied reasons why businesses require temperature control and every day brings new challenges that need solving, so it can only be rewarding for anyone involved. Regardless of gender, the industry needs people with the right attitude and what’s more, the skills you develop can take you anywhere in the world.”