Meet the Judges

Mark Forsyth – Head Judge 

Mark Forsyth

Shaun Creech

Shaun Creech

Employer name: Eastleigh College

Job role: College Lecturer / Assessor / Verifier

Industry Qualifications: City & Guilds L2 & L3 in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, C&G Hydrocarbon, C&G Ammonia Handling, C&G 2392 electrical inspection and testing, various other short courses within industry. “My initial qualifications were done at Eastleigh College many moons ago but my recent ones have been done at various other training centres.”

Teaching Qualifications:  Certificate in Education (CertEd) & Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS). Member of the Institute of Refrigeration and Engineers section.

Competition Judging Experience: Shaun has assisted Mark Forsyth at various SkillFRIDGE and Worldskills Squad & Team selection competitions over the last 5 years.

Why Shaun is involved in SkillFRIDGE: “Why is a good question, because I believe it shows off the brilliant young engineers that we have in our industry. It is good to see them grow in confidence whilst they are taking part and as they progress through the stages.”

When he got involved:  “I started working at the college we had entered a young lad (Steve Burge) into the regional finals of SkillFRIDGE; he did well and got to the national finals in Leeds and went on to come third. Because of his age Mark asked if he would be interested in trying out for the WorldSkills squad selection the following year. Steve went on to represent the UK in Leipzig in 2013. I have taken on the role of promoting the skills events at the college and then supporting any of our students as they progress through the process. I also help out Mark and Datateam whenever I can with whatever I can.”

What he is looking for: I am looking for really neat and tidy workmanship showing they have the basic knowledge required and that they use it well. I also want the guys to use their heads when thinking about the problems they are facing, taking their time and remaining calm.


Chris Bailie

Employer: BL Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Ltd.

Chris Bailie
Chris Bailie

Job Role: Chris is a site based engineer repairing breakdowns three days a week. He spends the other two days looking for new work and pricing up jobs.

Education: South Eastern Regional College, Northern Ireland.

Qualifications: Level 2 and 3 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. Chris is in his final year, studying for an HNC in building services and the built environment.

Why Chris is involved in SkillFRIDGE: “As a past SkillFRIDGE competitor who went on to compete in Brazil and win a silver medal, I wanted to pass on the experience and knowledge that I have gained.”

What he is looking for: “I am looking for someone with a brilliant attitude who is enthusiastic, determined and keen to learn.”


Ryan Unwin

Ryan Unwin

Employer: Bruntwood Management Services

Job Role: HVAC Engineer

Education: Manchester College


Performing Engineering Operations NVQ Level 2

Refrigeration/Air conditioning installation and maintenance NVQ Level 2

Maintaining and Servicing air conditioning and heat pump NVQ Level 3

Currently studying for an HNC in Building Engineering Services

Why Ryan is involved in SkillFRIDGE: “As a previous contestant, I soon learned that I needed to improve my skill set and knowledge to compete with the others. The whole journey boosted my desire to learn and ultimately fast tracked my career.

What he is looking for: “Having been through this process myself, I feel I can pass on my experiences and guide the new contestants into a more efficient way of thinking, I’m looking for finalists with a competitive desire to succeed.”


Joe Conroy

Joe Conroy

Employer: Trane UK

Job Role: Service Technician

Qualifications:  Level 2/3 in Service and Maintenance of Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems
Level 3 in Electrical Testing and inspection Initial Verification

Why Joe is involved in SkillFRIDGE: “As previous competitors, Chris, Ryan and I can bring our experience of competing into the judging of the competition.  I got involved to help new competitors going through the process, by sharing my experiences with them.”

What he is looking for: “I would like to see a well thought out plan and a measured execution of it.”