Tom CottrellOperations Director

Tom has 33 years’ experience in the M&E industry. He undertook his apprenticeship in refrigeration and air condition in New Zealand, and completed it in 1988. He then spent eight years in Canada travelling extensively, playing rugby and working in the AC world.

He came to the UK in 1994 and spent 16 years working for Vear Building Services reaching directorship level. The firm worked on refurbishment, commercial and retail fit-out, new build construction and mechanical & electrical installations. Operating in the retail, commercial and installation sectors for both private and public sectors clients, Tom and his colleagues offered fully integrated solutions to customers.

In 2014, Tom became a part-owner of Freeair, bringing his particular M&E specialist skills with him. During his time with Freeair he has been responsible for driving the development of the commercial operation team which is now pivotal to the company’s ambitious growth plans.