Lee has 30 years’ experience in the HVAC business. Working his way through the ranks from teaboy to engineer to branch manager, he has worked alongside some great engineers, learning and honing his skills across the full spectrum of refrigeration and air conditioning. His experience has spanned small commercial systems right through to large industrial units within the marine world.
Beginning his apprenticeship with Woodhouse Refrigeration Limited back in 1986, he left ten years later as a qualified engineer working across the full spectrum of cooling / heating. In that time, Woodhouse had been bought by General Refrigeration.
Lee stepped up into a technical roll working for York International as a Service Tech, a manufacturer looking after large chiller systems for the likes of IBM and others. Within a short time, Lee wanted more from himself and believed the only way forward was to move into management to widened his spectrum.
His next stop was Kooltech Limited where he took on the role of Branch Manager. He went straight in at the deep end and turned the local branch around within two years from £250,000 to £1.2 million. This achievement was the impetus Lee needed, and convinced him that he could do for himself and stop filling others’ pockets. So Lee took the jump and went out on his own, trading as Freeair Services independently for five years before becoming a limited company. He’s never looked back.
His qualifications include City & Guilds Part 2/3, F-Gas City & Guilds and SMSTS, and he has a wealth of design capabilities coupled with seldom-found attention to detail. Lee prides himself on being able to apply his years of varied experience to come up with solutions for customers with a requirement for a bespoke package. Freeair have designed and installed many projects that have been intuitively designed and installed with care that any other company would have struggled to emulate.
Rachel has 18 years’ experience in the HVAC industry. With a background in customer care and wholesale management, Rachel’s skills and expertise are invaluable to Freeair where she has worked as finance director for over five years.
Rachel is dedicated to the implementation and running of new systems and processes at Freeair with her goal being maximum efficiency and value for money, and minimum bureaucracy. She runs all the finance and accounts functions, and works closely with Freeair’s suppliers, a role in which her wholesale background is especially useful. Rachel is an extremely keen buyer, ensuring she always negotiates best prices and optimum service. She also handles all the commercial insurances for Freeair.
In addition to her training in Sage accounting, customer service and sales training, Rachel has also undertaken technical HVAC training. A keen photographer, Rachel’s ethos focuses on 100% commitment and 24/7 customer care.
Chris joined Freeair Services in 2014 after a years traveling the Southern Hemisphere gaining key life skills.
Chris is a key member of the team providing general office administrative support, stock allocation and Procurement for the small works and contract teams.
A element to Chris’ working week will also see him undertake tasks such as MCS applications, heat loss/gain calculations and proudly steps up to take on our showroom sales to the general public who come to visit us.
In his spare time Chris is a keen footballer playing Saturday league football for Stockbridge FC in the Hampshire Premier League.Chris
Julie is one of Freeair’s longest serving team members. She joined Freeair Services in 2004 working closely with Lee Robinson supporting the business with day to day administrative tasks.
She now looks after the service departments invoicing and administration tasks as well as working as a key member of the accounts and HR team.
Julie is a family orientated lady who enjoys spending time with close family and friends. Julie’s favourite past time is sitting back in a sunny garden with a glass of Rosé.
Our team of installation engineers are highly trained and all certified to a minimum of City and Guilds NVQ3 in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning including F Gas and IPAF, and all hold relevant CSCS Health and Safety qualifications. They are hand-picked and thoroughly trained so that they work efficiently and with the utmost professionalism. They keep their eyes and ears open while on a job and will flag anything that needs attention.
We think the fact that most of our engineers have been with the company since day one speaks volumes.