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Governing & Operating Board

UKOUG is a membership community of over 8,500 individuals who work for a variety of Oracle customers, Oracle partners and the Oracle Corporation. The UKOUG organisation is structured in the following way:

The UKOUG is governed by an Operating Board which makes decisions on behalf of members and develops the strategy and business plan for the organisation. The UKOUG Operating Board is made up of 7 individuals. There are 3 elected members who represent UKOUG member views, they are the President, Member Advocate Chair and Member Advocate. They serve alongside 3 appointed members who are the UKOUG Executive Director, the Non Executive Finance Director and an additional Independent Director. Also present at UKOUG Operating Board Meetings is the UKOUG Head of Operations & Events as Company Secretary.

The UKOUG Operating Board Strategy and Business Plan is then implemented and delivered by the UKOUG operations team. The UKOUG team is based at the London head office and is managed day-to-day by the UKOUG Executive Director.

UKOUG Governance


UKOUG Board of Directors

Elected roles   Appointed roles
President Executive Director
Advocate Chair
Non Executive
Director - Finance
Non Executive

UKOUG Appointments Group (elected)

Appointments Group
  Appointments Group
Appointments Group
  Appointments Group

Learn more about the history of our governing structure and the requirements of each role.



 karen mc

Martin Widlake, President

Elected, term ends March 2021

Represents member views and be the voice of Oracle customers. Primary owner of the external communications with Press & relationships with Oracle.

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Karen McCormack, CEO


Directs operations and leads the UKOUG Management Team. Authority to make operational decisions that are aligned with the Strategy & Business Plan.

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Neil Chandler


Ed Garner


Neil Chander, Member Advocate Chair

Elected, term ends March 2020

Coordinates internal communications between members, Operating Board & Oracle. Facilitate strategy. Represent member views.

 Email to  |  @chandlerdba 

Ed Gardner, Finance Director

Appointed Executive

Oversight of Financial reporting and compliance. Reports to Board.


Brendan Tierney    

 Steve Davis


Brendan Tierney, Member Advocate

Elected, term ends March 2019

Supports President and Member Advocate Chair in all their duties. Represents member views.

 @brendantierney |  LinkedIn


Steve Davis, Interim Non-Executive Director

Appointed Independent Director.

Provides expertise (Commercial) to support Executive Director in delivering the organisation's strategic objectives & policies. Reports to the Board.



Social media posts from board members' accounts are the individuals own opinion and not the official views of UK Oracle User Group. Follow the official @UKOUG account.

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