Job title & company: VP Cloud Services Certus
What have been the highs and lows of your business / IT / Oracle / career?
Working on behalf of users worldwide with Oracle Development on Fusion Applications.
Being recognised as ACE Director by my peers.
Successful delivery as part of a team of multiple implementation and upgrade projects and working with customers to understand how Oracle can enable more success for their organisation.
What have you already achieved/ contributed to within the Oracle community?
Volunteered actively with UKOUG for 12 years at Board and council level, delivered as project team lead on Ireland and Applications. Worked along side peers on other initiatives such as Strategy and project EVO
Oracle ACE Director and Oracle Magazine User Group Evangelist of the Year 2008.
Which communities are you active with?
- Oracle Middleware
- E-Business Suite
- EPM / Hyperion
- IT Management
Skills and strengths I intend to bring to the UKOUG:
Experience of the Oracle Economy, UKOUG and the User Group Community,empathy with end users and an unrivalled network with Oracle.
I am a chartered Director, certified in company direction.
But most important I believe is my commitment to UKOUG success.
Please identify an improvement you feel UKOUG could make:
Deliver project EVO and continuously balance the needs of the members with the fiscal probity of UKOUG. This will lead to renewed faith in the board.
Manifesto (written for March 2014 election):
I believe that my passion and commitment to UKOUG are well proven with over 12 years volunteering with the organisation and during this time I have introduced initiatives with Oracle Development for applications, regional conferences for Ireland and Scotland, worked with Oracle Middleware communities, and represented UKOUG in the wider Oracle community, globally winning Oracle Magazine User Group Evangelist in 2008. I was deputy chair from 2007 – 2011, Then Chairman and President through to 2012.
In the last year I have led the Applications, Applications Transformation, Ireland working parties and am also working with Oracle and our members on how we engage the next generation of Oracle professional. I have also assisted Fiona Martin with Strategy, and on other initiatives such as Project Evo. You can read more about what I do in my blog.
Last year when UKOUG needed clear leadership and renewed governance I stepped up to rejoin the board to help deliver the Project EVO (evolution of UKOUG) requirements approved by the members. Changes are having the right affect and we delivered excellent conferences for our members alongside great SIGs and online content, but this is not a one off exercise and we need to continue this work.
I believe I am very approachable and have worked with many of the community groups within UKOUG and also spoken at many SIGs and conferences both within UKOUG and the wider global community.
I no longer work for a partner and am starting to work for myself, so I am remaining within the Oracle Economy and although I feel I have always included the voice of the independent in my representation, I will now be one myself.
Current elected term: March 2016 - March 2018