“Delivering critical refrigeration infrastructure for New Zealand means our people have to be more than cool – they have to be the best.”

Matthew Darby.
Founder and Managing Director.

Operational Support

Craig Shepherd
Craig ShepherdNational Operations Manager
Craig brings a wealth of experience in operations management and the understanding of energy management solutions, as well as leading industry Health and Safety expertise.Beginning his career as an electrical apprentice Craig started his own business, Energy Management Services in 1999 before overseeing a merger with Vircom in 2003. He became CEO of the newly combined Vircom EMS, growing the company to become a hugely successful player with 70% of the market, leading 335 employees and subcontractors and working for clients such as Mercury Energy, Genesis and Vector. Craig sold his shares in Vircom and was Chief Innovation Officer while supporting the transition of a new CEO before joining EcoChill.
Rebecca Lowery
Rebecca LoweryKey Relationship Manager
Hi, I’m Becs! 4 years ago I hung up my teacher’s hat and started working at EcoChill as Operations Coordinator, sending our teams to jobs all around the country. I hit the ground running and formed great relationships with our customers which led me to grow into my new role as Key Relationship Manager. To build trusting relationships with customers I strive for excellent communication and customer service and enjoy finding effective solutions for our customer’s needs.

Engineered Solutions

Steve Miller
Steve MillerNational Technical Sales Manager
One of the HVAC&R industries most senior executive managers, Steve has a wealth of experience from successful senior roles within the industry. Steve joined EcoChill from Bitzer where he had been the NZ Business Manager for the last 10 years and was instrumental in setting up the global refrigeration manufacturing giants New Zealand operations.

Engineering qualified, the depth of Steve’s technical skill and experience is well respected in the HVAC&R industry for the projects he has delivered as a trusted partner for his clients. He brings rich and diverse expertise to EcoChill, having held sales and leadership positions in both the manufacturing, contracting and service sides of the industry.

Retail Fit Out Specialists

Making the most of every square meter in a retail environment is critical.

Our retail fit out team understand refrigerated merchandising and storage solutions that maximise sales while providing effective energy and cost management strategies. From selection and design to delivery and installation, you’ll get the support and advice you need to make your Retail fit out a success.

Bruce Hay
Bruce Hay National Manager Arneg
“I have enjoyed a long career within the retail grocery industry having worked for wholesalers, suppliers and service providers. I have also enjoyed a long association with Matthew and his family as prior to joining the Ecochill team, they provided my previous employer with consultancy, case supply and service to the group. I’m passionate about the Arneg brand and work with a wonderful team of delightful Arneg personnel based in Italy. ”
Karl Klenner
Karl KlennerProduct Specialist
I’ve had 30 plus years in the joinery trade and several years in the building trade.
I bring across this experience to the Retail Fitout team for the set up and delivery of cabinets ready for site and after sales support.
Lisa Weir
Lisa WeirNorth Island Fit Out Manager
I have had an extremely varied career ranging from secretarial through to shop fitting. As the North Island Retail Refrigeration Fitout Manager I have been involved in a number of projects including New World Browns Bay, PaknSave Ormiston and New World Te Kuiti to name a few. Prior to returning to EcoChill, I was employed by a shop fitting company where my client list was long and varied but included the likes of L’Oreal, CS Company, Skinny Mobile and Michael Hill Jewellers. EcoChill is a great company to work for and being the leaders in refrigeration, I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

Deirdre John
Deirdre JohnSouth Island Fit Out Manager
“I have been involved in the Refrigeration industry for the last 20 years from working on the tools – installation, servicing and maintenance to wholesaling, sales and design. I am an active volunteer with our industry body, IRHACE, both on the local Canterbury Westland committee and more recently the National Council, where I hold the training Portfolio and am currently President Elect.I also assist Competenz, the ITO for our industry, with; apprenticeship systems, training development, qualification rewrites and industry liaison.In my own time; I train in Chinese Martial Arts, read, walk, adventure, travel, any water sports and catch up with friends for dinner, shows, festivals and concerts. ”

Design and Installation

Dan Poff
Dan PoffNational Contracts and Engineering Manager
Some say he once made a refrigeration system out of 3 toothpicks, a bag of frozen peas and some No. 8 fencing wire – we say he is one of the most respected Refrigeration Design Engineers in New Zealand. Dan has designed some of New Zealand’s leading refrigeration solutions, specialising in pioneering naturals technology. Starting ‘on the tools’ as a service engineer Dan’s drive to design saw him put himself through University earning an Honours in his Bachelor of Engineering before starting a distinguished career as a Design Engineer. When he’s not at work, Dan works on developing new sources of energy out of recycled refrigerant gases and is writing a book on the role of refrigeration in craft brews called ‘Why Lions Ice Beer is not Ice, or Beer…’
Bharat Tuteja
Bharat TutejaEngineering Manager
I have been involved in the Refrigeration Industry for the last 13 years and finished my ‘Diploma in Mechanical Engineering’ as a ‘Technical Sales Engineer’ in one of the leading Refrigeration wholesale company where I spent most time designing & selecting different types of Refrigeration systems to meet customers’ requirements. I have been working as the ‘Project Design Engineer & Manager’ at Ecochill for the last 8 years, having successfully designed and run multiple projects in various different designs with tight deadlines. I am proud to be working with a company who are leaders in ‘Natural Refrigerants’ and always look for opportunities to develop more energy-efficient systems.
 Travis Morrison
Travis MorrisonContracts Manager
With 16 years in a trade, I started out as an electrician and eventually decided to get my refrigeration trade. I worked on the tools, then once I started my family, moved more into the design/management side. I thrive on learning new skills and passing my knowledge onto others. I pride myself on completing a job to the best of my ability and enjoy working in a team and independently.

Brett Hobson
Brett HobsonNorth Island Projects Engineer
I have 15 years of experience in the refrigeration industry. After 13 years as a refrigeration technician, I have now moved into the role of ‘contracts project engineer’ and am responsible for running the installation of a refrigeration system after the design stage. I am very passionate about delivering efficient refrigeration systems in an ever-changing industry and it makes me proud to work for the leaders in natural refrigerants.
Out of work I enjoy the outdoors and being a family man.
 Calum McDonald
Calum McDonaldSouth Island Projects Engineer