Jacinta Caden has been adjudged as the ACR Woman of the Year at the National ACR & Heat Pump Awards 2019 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. She is working as Spiral Freezers Operations Manager at Integral UK Ltd.

Jacinta entered the refrigeration and air conditioning industry as an apprentice with a contractor in Dublin in 2003. She spent close to 10 years as a technical sales engineer with Dean & Wood and, following a spell as area manager for Tecnair, joined the Specialist Industrial Refrigeration Division of Integral, initially as business development manager and, since November last year, as spiral freezers operations manager. She retains a huge enthusiasm for refrigeration in all its forms. She said, “I am always intrigued and sometimes surprised about where I see refrigeration utilised and it makes me proud to be part of an industry that will never die, an industry that everyone needs.’’

2018 proved to be quite a year for Jacinta, as she was elected to the council of the respected Women’s Engineering Society, a charity and professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists who offer inspiration, support and professional development. Then, in November, she was elected to the Institute of Refrigeration Board of Trustees.

She is also a member of the steering committee of the Women in RACHP network and is a vocal supporter of efforts to attract more women engineers into the industry.