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

Margaret Mead.

Who we are

Our trustees are appointed to represent all refrigerant industry groups in New Zealand. We also have an Independent Chair from outside industry to offer broader experience and insight.

We engage additional specialists as necessary through appointed advisors or cross-sector technical advisory groups.

We’re committed to best practice governance, and in 2021 the Trust was restructured  to ensure it reflects current best practice for not-for-profit organisations.

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.


Sameer Handa, MNZM

Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Wholesalers

A mechanical engineer with an MBA, Sameer has extensive experience in management and leadership roles across several industries in various countries around the world. In 2021, he became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to business and trade relations between New Zealand and India.

For 26 years Sameer has worked in the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry; he was CEO of the biggest refrigeration wholesaler in New Zealand for 20 years.

Sameer is passionate about the environment and his role within Recovery is to advise on strategy and investments.

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.

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.

Advisors to the Trust

John Bowen


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.

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.

Max McDermid

Max McDermid

National Association of Retail Grocers

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