Adrian Crowther
Adrian Crowther
Design & Standards Manager
The Co-operative Group

Adrian is a good All-rounder with a broad based experience in engineering and 32 years RetailFM service provision and design. Particular expertise in refrigeration development and applied building service requirements, plus a recognised capability with CAFM systems (Verisae/Concept). Specialises in Refrigerant Management and systemic controls, but has ability in more widespread disciplines including building structures and fabric problem areas. Additional enhance skill in Material Handling to include VT equipment.

He advanced to Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration in 2020, but has been a member since 1993, and Regularly promotes and supports the refrigeration industry through membership of the IoR and corporate membership of the BRA End Users Group plus attending Seminars . He has been invited on a number of occasions to Judge industry innovation through the Cooling Industry Awards.

Currently in a lead role within the Coop FM Engineering Team to assist in developing best practice and specification adherence in a highly motivated and dynamic structure. Prior to joining the The Coop, has worked extensively in engineering design and project roles and even for a short time in a Special Needs School, programming computers for less-able children.

He has been a Junior Observer and Vibrator Driver in the seismology industry for a while (honest, see for a company known as Rees Geophysical, who were licensed to complete Surveys in the Gas and Oil industries.

A spell with Brook Crompton Parkinson Electric Motors was a useful and interesting time in a production engineering environment designing the only DWM200 slip ring machine for a Crane system during that time with them.

After obtaining an HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Middlesex University, he joined SEM Ltd in 1985 as an Electrical Engineer specialising in Motor Systems on DC Machines and closed loop feedback controls (X-Ray positioning equipment, Machine Tool drives, etc).

Then followed a short period in 1987 with a Local Authority as the Centre Engineer in a leisure facility (before the days of everyone working out at 6am), where he had full responsibility for the building services, upgrade projects including new Lifts and completing the PPM schedules.

In 1988, Adrian joined ASDA Stores Ltd as a Design Engineer and progressed to Projects Engineer with budget accountability circa £25M for refrigeration and M&E installations.

He remained with ASDA until 1996, where he was head hunted for Safeway Stores Ltd in the Property Maintenance Division based in Warrington. With the advent of Morrisions “merging” he chose to move on after some 8 years.

At that point in 2004, Alfred McAlpine PLC was recruiting for what later became RFM’s, but the stipulation was for an engineering background to take on FM for Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd.

During his 10 years working with Sainsbury’s a number of initiatives and alternative technologies were experienced culminating in the roll-out of R744 based refrigeration systems.

Adrian remained as an RFM on the Sainsburys FM Contract until he moved into the Technical Services team in 2010, initially as “God of Gas” when the requirements for FGas reporting became more stringent and the need for management of the HCFC Gas Bank.

Then once those processes had been established, he was asked to take on M&E to support the Contractors, Contract Managers and the Field Team with any technical queries they posed to help improve uptime and performance of the assets in stores.

As part of the support within the Sainsburys business, he also completed a great many FM Assessments on behalf of RetailFM to ensure that any FM related cost base was identified for Property Division investment on Refits and Extensions.

There was a shortfall in Materials Handling support (Vertical Transport, Shutters, Gates and Pallet Trucks) and he diversified the role to fulfil that requirement and sit on the Centre of Engineering Installation Contractors reviews, to ensure the standards and selection of equipment were Fit for Purpose. It was an opportunity to pass on the FM related issues experienced due to selection or overall installation standards.

Adrian is married with three step-children, who have now all provided the next generation in the form of three granddaughters and two grandsons

He plays the Piano, Full Pipe Organ and Percussion instruments and has a tendency to gravitate towards Pianos at Christmas functions! For the past 14 years he has been flying Model Helicopters with mostly successful take-offs and Landings, however some disastrous failures have caused expensive repairs. The saying is that a good pilot has as many landings as he does take-offs – one advantage with Models is that the Pilot generally always walks away from a crash uninjured!!

The size of the models varies from semi-professional UAV Drones, small co-axial “toys” to 700 size (rotor diameter around 1600mm) Helicopters both electrically and Nitro Engine powered.

He has also completed several hours in the “real-thing” flying a Robinson R22 and R44 hoping that on some future occasion may get enough hours in to obtain a PPL(H). As a keen motorcyclist venturing out on his Yamaha Tracer 900 and has owned many Classic Yamaha’s.