ABOUT Beijer Ref Academy

Training for the
future of refrigeration.

Showcasing new and experienced engineers the latest in sustainable and innovative refrigeration products.
Our academies are managed by experienced refrigeration engineers with a wealth of industry and product knowledge and a passion to share it. All of our courses have been constructed by expert engineers, for engineers.

Constructed by expert
engineers, for engineers.

Our academies are set up and configured with the latest in sustainable refrigeration products including a CO2 ‘pack’ connected to refrigerated cases and evaporators which replicate a typical retail environment. In addition there are CO2 & A2L packaged condensing unit systems and a CO2 air to water heat pump, all fully operational.

All our courses have been constructed by engineers for engineers offering more hands on training over training through presentations.


Meet the team

Lee Downham

Technical & Sustainability Director

Paul Bevington

Business Development Director

Paul has worked in the refrigeration industry for over 20 years, beginning as an apprentice he has progressed through various roles into senior management. Having spent the majority of his career in the commercial refrigeration sector he has been focused on the transition to natural refrigerants and in particular CO2. Outside of work Paul enjoys participating in various sports and socialising with family and friends

Steve Padgett

Head of Technical – Refrigeration

Steve started in the Refrigeration Industry when he left school in 2004, he has developed his knowledge over the past 18 years by installing, commissioning, and servicing an extensive range of equipment, including several types of CO2 systems. He is a huge supporter of Liverpool football club, therefore he is not a fan of Manchester United!

Ian Lemmon

Training & Field Support Manager

Ian has worked in the RACHP industry for over 25 years, beginning as an apprentice within the Royal Engineers, he has progressed through various technical positions to his current role of training and field technical support management. Having spent most of his career in the Air Conditioning sector he has been focused on VRF& Air To Water commissioning & fault finding . Outside of work Ian enjoys running, hill walking and watching rugby union.

Dave Back

Danfoss Industrial Trainer

Dave first entered the refrigeration industry while in the Royal Navy and went on to obtain both Naval and Civilian qualifications including a BSc with the Open University. Having covered all disciplines of refrigeration in his career, Dave concentrated on the Design and Contracting of Industrial systems and became Technical Director for 2 companies specialising in this area.He has a passion for walking and swimming but much of his time is spent baby-sitting his Great Granddaughter.

Steven Downham

HVACR Supervisor

Steve started out his career working in the commercial refrigeration sector. His knowledge has excessively grown and broadened over the last 15 years with hands on technical experience covering all types of air conditioning systems, chillers, packs, AHUs and a variety of refrigeration equipment.Outside of work Steve enjoys getting out on his motorbike, going to the gym, watching football and spending time with his family.

Bob Dann

Academy Trainer

Bob has worked in the refrigeration industry since leaving school in 1977. He began his career as an apprentice, and worked as a service, installation and commissioning engineer and supervisor within the commercial and light industrial sectors. Bob then concentrated on running his business and as the business grew became the commercial and technical director. He spends his time outside of work keeping fit and walking in the wonderful Yorkshire countryside.