We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.

Margaret Mead.

Who are we?

The directors of Refrigerant Recovery NZ are appointed to represent all refrigerant industry groups within New Zealand.

Richard Lauder

Richard Lauder, BE Chem, MBA, Grad Dip Arts (Ethics)


A chartered member of the Institute of Directors, Richard works in governance with a special interest in roles pertaining to climate change adaption and mitigation.

Prior to governance, Richard had a long career as chief executive across a range of sectors in New Zealand.

His role is to lead Recovery in its product stewardship of fluorinated gases.

John Bowen


Institute of Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers (IRHACE)

Actively engaged in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, including training technicians to achieve Approved Filler certification, John was instrumental in the establishment of Recovery in 1993 and is the current chairperson of the Recovery Trust.

John has worked closely with Government in ozone depletion and climate change issues affecting refrigerants and was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005, for services to the environment and the refrigeration industry.

A life member and past President of the Institute of Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers of New Zealand (IRHACE) and past chairperson of the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Companies Association (RACCA), John was also the 1996 winner of the prestigious James Stuart McAlpine Memorial Award, for services to the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. He has been engaged in the refrigeration industry for over 55 years.

Lionel Rowe

Lionel Rowe

Motor Trade Association (MTA)

Qualified as an automotive electrician, automotive air conditioning technician and a registered electrician, Lionel represents the automotive industry in refrigerant recovery. He's responsible for the Recovery collection and destruction network, also overseeing projects and opportunities for the Recovery Trust.

Lionel is actively engaged in the automotive sector, holding various Director roles and as an Automotive Industry Training Mentor. Past MTA National Director and Chairman, past MTA Auto Air Conditioning Chairman, Lionel was also Director and Owner of an auto air conditioning and electrical business for 32 years.

Max McDermid

Max McDermid

National Association of Retail Grocers

Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey M.E. (Hons.), CPEng, PGDipBus

Food and Beverage Industry (Dairy)

Patrick is a chartered professional refrigeration engineer with a background in industrial refrigeration, energy conservation and asset management. Patrick's role within Recovery is to support operations and apply his operations experience to help guide the direction of Recovery's strategy and initiatives.

Clifton Madgwick

Clifton Madgwick, BApplSc & PDM

Refrigerant Importers & Wholesalers

Actively engaged with SGG manufacturers, Clifton's role enables future trending for the NZ market which is then used by local Government to help facilitate decision making.

Clifton has worked in the refrigeration industry for 20 years. He has 10 years' experience in importing and distributing refrigerants.

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