UK Oracle User Group

Member Advocate

This role is a non-executive director and is a member of the board of directors but does not form part of the operational management team.

The voluntary role is elected by the UKOUG Members, the Member Advocate must be a UKOUG member.

The duties cover two areas: those designated to the member advocate and those designated as non-exec director as outlined below.

UKOUG membership elects the Member Advocate, and then the board determines each year, which Member Advocate is best placed to serve as Member Advocate Chair.

Term time: 2 years 

1. Elected Term: March 2017 - March 2019

2. Elected Term: March 2018 - March 2020

Represents members within the UKOUG.

Responsibilities of Member Advocate

1. Support Member Advocate Chair in

  • Delivering internal communications between Members and Operating Group/Board –UKOUG business activities
  • Delivering internal communications between Members and Oracle
  • Facilitating the strategy 

2. Represents members within the Operating Group/Board
3. Ensures that the views of the membership are communicated to the Board
4. Active participation at UKOUG Flagship Conferences

Agree with Member Advocate Board members’ attendance at the following:

  • UKOUG Special Interest Group Meetings
  • UKOUG Events
  • UKOUG Flagship Conferences (3-4 days)
  • Potentially: EOUC Presidents meetings (2 days)
  • Potentially: IOUC Presidents meetings (4 days)
  • Potentially: Oracle OpenWorld (7 days)
  • Other OUG meetings as approved and budgeted, expenses paid by UKOUG

Duties as a Non-Executive Director reporting to the Board

  1. Ensure that the organisation complies with its governing documents and company law, and other relevant legislation or regulations.
  2. Ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document.
  3. Ensure that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives.
  4. Agrees firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  5. Safeguard the good name and ethos of the organisation.
  6. Ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation.
  7. Evangelise and actively promote the work and image of the UKOUG.

Board directors will be transparent with UKOUG members around collective decisions that have been made by the board.

Key Duty as a Non-Executive Director reporting to the Board

  1. Act in good faith in what they honestly believe to be the best interests of UKOUG, and not for any collateral purpose. This means that, particularly in the event of a conflict of interest between UKOUG interests, their own or their employer’s, the directors must always favour UKOUG.

Commitment to UKOUG

Expected commitment: attendance at 4 (½ day) board meetings per year, plus ½ days review / prepare for board meetings. In addition, one-hour Board calls are scheduled for most months.

Expected hours, not less than 8-12 hours per month with the support of your member organisation plus conference attendance as required.

There is a payment available at an industry rate, payable after the first 5 hours (voluntary) each month (currently being revised).

Where appropriate, serve on sub-committees / working groups. (Payment subject to project preapproved budget)

Skills & Experience:

  • Engaged with UKOUG Membership
  • Experience in not-for-profit management and governance and community relations
  • Thoroughly committed to UKOUG Non-profit's mission
  • Passion, idealism, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • Time available to deliver on UKOUG commitment
  • Experience Oracle or similar IT Marketplace/economy 
  • Proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. 
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Displays integrity, models behaviour, ability to coach staff and high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives.
  • Ideally past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

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