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As UKOUG is a membership organisation, all main contacts are entitled to shape the board, and the future of UKOUG.

It is vital that you do vote. By doing so, you are being part of the process of ensuring that UKOUG represents your needs to Oracle and that the products and services are the ones you require.

What do the Directors do?

The Board of Directors are legally responsible for the correct running of UKOUG. As representatives of the membership, they define the strategy for UKOUG and are responsible for the performance and operation of the services that fulfil the needs of you, our members. We strive to attract a balanced board with a mixture of skills and disciplines.  There are 12 Directors and each is elected to serve a 2-year term. This year 6 places are up for election.

When considering your vote, please do consider who will best be able to discharge these responsibilities. Knowledge of the Oracle community is equally as important as is the ability to direct and manage a complex organisation which supports the many varied needs of the Oracle community  and engages with a significant number of stakeholders.

Why are the elections important?

Your choice of Directors will shape the future of the User Group, how it represents your communities and how the UKOUG successfully engages with  the Oracle Corporation, the Oracle community world wide and to the Oracle eco-system in the UK.

Each membership has a vote, and as the main contact for your organisation’s membership you can vote for each of the nominees, but if you have a colleague who is better placed to make that judgment, perhaps an active SIG member, then please ask them for their recommendation or pass them the vote.

By voting you are…

-          expressing your opinion as to the fitness of the elected leaders and their policies

-          ensuring that the people in charge reflect your views and champion the issues that are important to you

-          helping to shape what UKOUG does and how it does it

-          having a say in who steers your user group

By not voting you are…

 -          abdicating your right to influence

 -          allowing the will of others, whose opinions maybe contrary to your own, to prevail

 -          accepting that the future of the UKOUG is what it is without you being a part of that 

Please use your vote

UKOUG needs a board that speaks for the whole membership and not just a small part of it. We want to know that we have a real mandate for what we do and that requires a good voting turnout.

Please do think about what you need from the Board. UKOUG is a company in its own right that needs skills to direct it. Additionally, it needs to understand the whole Oracle community and ensure that all parties are fairly represented and how the constitution of the board makes that possible. Think about what skills the candidates would bring to the board and what their contribution will be. Please balance past success with future energy and vote for the right people to represent you.

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Voting is open until 28th February 2011.

The Candidates

Below is a list of the 8 candidates who have put themselves forward for the 6 positions available on the UKOUG Board. Please consider each candidate carefully. To read more about each candidate just click on their name.

 

*Lisa Dobson

Durham University

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*Carl Dudley

University of Wolverhampton

Jeremy Duggen

JemKa Consulting Limited

Christian Fronteras

Netential Limited

Mike Revitt

Computacenter (UK) Ltd

*David Rowntree

Calor Gas Ltd

Robert Stanton

University of Sheffield

*Sue Yates

Cognizant

 

* signifies incumbent director seeking re-election


Candidate: 
 Lisa Dobson
IS Specialist / Oracle DBA

Experience using Oracle products:
Oracle databases from v7.3.4 to 11g.Oracle BI Suite of products including OBIEE, BI Publisher, Warehouse Builder& Discoverer
 

My involvement with the Oracle community:
I have been involved with the UKOUG since 2004 as a speaker and volunteer. I have held the position of Co-Chair of the Oracle on Windows SIG, instigator of Northern Server Technology days and Back to Basics special events. I was also behind the setting up of the UKOUG Inspiring Presentation Awards which were awarded to speakers for the first time in 2010. I have been a UKOUG Director since 2008 and have recently become an Oracle ACE.
 

I am a :
End User
 

Community representation:
Oracle Technology, Beginners, North of England user community.

Board skills:
My two years on the Board, in addition to many years of serving the Community as a volunteer combined with my ongoing technical focus has given me the ability to see and understand Oracle from all angles, from end user through DBA/developer to managerial and executive level.


Improvements I would make to UKOUG:
I’d like to continue to encourage community content in the North of England and I’d also like to extend my work with the beginner’s community to see UKOUG working more closely with Higher Education.
 

Manifesto:
I have been actively involved with the UK Oracle User Group for many years, most recently as a Director since 2008 but initially as a member of the community, before becoming a Volunteer in 2005. Since joining the Board I have worked hard to deliver on the ideas in my original manifesto in addition to bringing fresh ideas to the table.

Most recently I introduced the UKOUG Inspiring Presentation Awards, awards that were given to well deserving speakers at our Technology and E-Business Suite Conference in December. We all know that the event would not be what it is without our high-calibre and popular speakers, I felt it was time we were able to formally acknowledge that.

The Northern Server Technology Day events that I started in 2005 have continued to thrive and the community is now recognised as one of our many Special Interest Groups. We are now looking to broaden the available content and number of meetings in the North of England.

I would also like to see the ‘Back to Basics’ events grow and would like the concept to extend to the UKOUG working more closely with the Higher Education sector, both as Oracle Technology users and also as providers of future members of the Oracle community. My role at Durham University means I am well placed to know firsthand the issues and projects we face as end users.

Being a Director though is about more than representing the areas of the community that we are passionate about. The Directors have to work together for the greater good of the community as a whole and for the UKOUG as a business.
We have been through some difficult and changing times over the last few years and throughout that we have had to ensure that we continue to deliver the needs of the community, whilst keeping the UKOUG financially viable.

I played an active role during our recent Strategic review, leading work on analysing our products and services and I have been working on improving internal systems and processes, recently picking up the lead on reviewing our Communications and Social Media strategy. I am also the Board Sponsor for the Hyperion Community and the Exadata special event.

I hope that I can count on your vote to keep me on the Board of Directors as I will, as always, bring boundless energy and enthusiasm to ensuring that the UKOUG continues to work to meet the needs of its members. We need to continue to grow and, being mindful of the changes in our communities, evaluate how we can provide you with the best possible service, whatever your skill level or location, and regardless of what has traditionally been done in the past.


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Candidate: 
Carl Dudley
University of Wolverhampton

Experience using Oracle products:
Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g, SQl Developer, SQL Developer Data Modeler 3.0, Oracle Application Server 11g, Oracle Warehouse Builder.
 

My involvement with the Oracle community:
Director of UKOUG, UKOUG SIG Chair, Director of the European Oracle User Group, Member of International Oracle User Council. Regular presenter (over 100 presentations) at user group and Oracle events.
 

I am a :
End User
 

Community representation:
Oracle Technology
IT Management


Board skills:
Experience in managing user groups of different shapes and sizes. Knowledge of user community. Ability to instigate new activities and carry them through. An inclusive view of user groups as one voice to Oracle.

Improvements I would make to UKOUG:
Introduction of an increased number of special events focussing on key areas. Closer involvement with other professional bodies e.g. British Computer Society.

Manifesto:
I have worked with Oracle since 1986 and been active in the Oracle community in the UK for a number of years as both SIG Chair and Director of the UKOUG. Whilst in these posts I have instigated a number of new initiatives and special events for user group members. I have represented both UKOUG and EOUG interests as a member of the International Oracle Users council and believe I have a good track record of user group activity having the time and commitment to make a full contribution.

Working principally as a DBA, I am also involved in IT management, development, training and course design. To that extent, I am well positioned to represent the technical sector of the Oracle community. However, as I have significant user group experience, I feel I have a good perspective on the Oracle market place and remain fully conversant with the needs and aspirations of other sectors including the applications area and the new communities arising from the recent Oracle acquisitions.

The opportunity to continue to increase the UKOUG’s success in providing quality services to its members is very attractive. The UKOUG SIGs are a prime example of servicing the needs of Oracle users. I aim to help expand the SIG activity into new areas of expertise while maintaining the present very valuable portfolio.

I am committed to help Oracle customers get the best out of Oracle products and Oracle Corporation itself. I believe it is important that Oracle users have an effective and strong voice into Oracle, and that they are able to share knowledge and experience with each other. Going forward I would like to see the UKOUG enhance its offering for all groups of the Oracle community. I am particularly keen to establish a program of special events on ‘hot’ topics across a range of areas. (Security is perhaps an example of such topics). I would also like to address the UKOUG’s provision for new entrants to the Oracle/IT industry and support an increased emphasis on providing educational value across the entire user group offering.

In November 2002 I received the award of ‘DBA of the Year – 2002’ from Oracle Corporation in recognition of my services to the Oracle user community and user group organisations. Oracle ACE Director status was achieved in 2009. 

I have been extremely fortunate to be involved with the UKOUG and to help it grow into its current position as one of the largest and most active user groups in the world. I would very much like to help this continue.  


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Candidate: 
 Jeremy Duggen
JemKa Consulting Limited

Experience using Oracle products:
Oracle rdbms - v4 to 11g (since 1986); Developer (Forms, Reports) - v2.0 to 11g; SDD, CASE, Designer - all versions; Application Express (APEX) - HTMLDB to v3.c; JDeveloper / ADF - 11g; SQL Developer - v2.x.


 

My involvement with the Oracle community:
I have chaired the UKOUG's Development SIG for the past 14 years. This SIG has evolved from the CASE SIG, in to the Designer SIG, then the Modelling, Analysis and Design SIG and, in 2009, to the Development SIG. I have also volunteered for many other UKOUG activities, including chairing sessions at Conferences, and judging papers and setting the agenda for the development streams at Conferences.


I am a :

End User
Consultant

Community representation:
Oracle Technology

Board skills:
I have a strong understanding of, and passion for, the UKOUG after 16+ years as a member and 14 years as a volunteer (chair of the Development SIG, conference session chairing, conference agenda setting). I will bring this passion, experience and understanding to my role, along with commitment, enthusiasm, energy, dedication, innovation and fresh ideas for the UKOUG Board. I can afford the time to perform the role actively and diligently as I recently started working as an independent consultant. I have strong communication skills and am highly skilled at motivating and mentoring staff. I have a long standing strong working relationship with the UKOUG's staff. I have held three directorships previously so I understand the responsibilities the position brings.


Improvements I would make to UKOUG:

Organise, manage, monitor, facilitate a Contact the UKOUG facility (web and social networking) specifically for seeking out, engaging with and tapping in to the wealth of ideas and criticisms within the UKOUG's membership, about the UKOUG itself. So as to understand what grass roots UKOUG members want from their UKOUG. I will ensure this comprises an effective, responsive process to review, answer or progress every comment, idea or criticism promptly, carefully and personally.

 

Manifesto:
I have been a member of the UKOUG since the early 1990s, and a Development SIG Chair since the late 1990s. My professional background is 25 years of broad Oracle development experience, working for a wide range of end user organisations and software vendors, including Oracle UK in the 1980s. In recent years, I have performed managerial and multi faceted roles but I am still getting my hands dirty with Oracle technology on a daily basis. As a daily ‘end user’ of Oracle technology, I continue to experience the joys, successes, issues and frustrations with using Oracle products and services, and hence regularly call upon, and contribute to, the UKOUG community in the course of using Oracle’s products.

After 15 years of volunteering, I believe I would be a valuable addition to the UKOUG Board. I will focus on steering and supporting the evolution and development of UKOUG’s products and services to meet the needs of the rapidly growing and changing Oracle community in the UK, as Oracle and I.T. evolve ever more rapidly, and economic and business challenges increase.

My mission is to ensure that the UKOUG continues to be the “must join” organisation for Oracle professionals in the UK, and to be totally relevant and useful to that Oracle community, through innovative and evolving products and services. I believe in the immense benefit to the UK Oracle community of the UKOUG continuing to be the voice of the UK Oracle community which Oracle listen to and respond to.

I will specifically seek out, engage with and tap in to the wealth of fresh ideas (and criticisms and concerns) within the UKOUG’s membership, to understand what grass roots UKOUG members want from their UKOUG, with a promise to review and answer / progress every comment, idea or criticism.

I also wish to support, encourage, grow and mentor the small but excellent team of UKOUG staff.

I have a passionate desire to see the UKOUG continue to grow and flourish, and to provide ever greater value to its members. I relish the challenge of directing a membership-based, not-for-profit organisation such as the UKOUG. I have the experience of three previous, small company directorships. As I recently became an independent consultant, I can afford the time required to perform this role effectively. I hope you will give me this opportunity.


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Candidate: 
 Christian Fronteras

Experience using Oracle products:
17 Years JDE experience (10 years as a direct JDE employee in UK, Singapore and Hong Kong) World, Xe, 8.10, 8.11 ERP 9 experience across a wide range of users.
 

My involvement with the Oracle community:
Numerous presentations at the UKOUG events which have always been well received (if sometimes not well attended).


I am a :

Trainer
Consultant
IT Management

Community representation:
JD Edwards
Fusion
IT Management


Board skills:
Deep and wide knowledge of the JD Edwards product lines. Understanding the life cycle of JDE products and the importance of 'continual' selling of the JDE solution to the user community.


Improvements I would make to UKOUG:
The UKOUG performs a valuable role as a trusted advisor to users of Oracle products but with the JDE technology life being as wide as WorldSoftware through ERP 9, the majority of the customers feel a little left behind. I would like to see more focus on 'working with what you use'. Futures are important but only in context to where you are coming from.

 


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Candidate: 
 Mike Revitt
Computacenter

Experience using Oracle products:
21 years Oracle experience RDBMS 5 --> 11g R2 Forms 2.0 --> 9 Run the only Exadata POC environment outside of Oracle in the UK.
 

My involvement with the Oracle community:
I spend my life presenting into Oracle and partners on how to make the best use of Oracle.


I am a :

Consultant

Community representation:
Oracle Technology

Board skills:
I put the first 10g NFS RAC into production in the UK I was responsible for the purchase of the first Exadata POC environment outside of Oracle in the world. I have presented at numerous Oracle events and have previously presented at the UKOUG.

 

Manifesto:
My background is predominantly Oracle Application Solutions focusing on delivering customer requirements through Oracle technologies and I have been performing this role for over twenty years in various guises.

I am currently working as the Technology Leader for Database, Middleware and Applications for the largest independent services provider in Europe, Computacenter (UK) Ltd, with responsibilities for all Database middleware and applications propositions that we take to market. I have a team of over ten consultants working for me and I am currently utilising the capabilities of eight contractors to augment my team.

My experience covers the full project life cycle from requirements gathering through to post delivery support in a number of scenarios from green field development, through product enhancement and product upgrades. Over the years I have gained considerable experience in providing highly available solutions by utilising the Oracle technology stack and I am well versed in producing both new developments and enhancing legacy systems to extend their capabilities beyond original designs.

I have always worked towards highly available Oracle systems; Andrew Bond has confirmed to me that I delivered the first Oracle 10g RAC application into production in the UK. At the moment I am working on a number of propositions that utilise the Oracle Database Machine, Oracle Elastic Cloud, Oracle Virtual Machine and IBM Virtual Machine.

I am considered one of the foremost authorities on the Oracle Database Machine in the UK by Oracle and my peers and have delivered countless presentations on the subject to Oracle’s sales force and on behalf of Oracle to their customer base and also to Computacenter’s sales force and to Computacenter’s customer base. Last year I presented on the subject at Open World and will shortly be presenting at another Oracle event in Lisbon at Oracle’s request.

As you would expect of someone with my experience I have an excellent relationship and contact base with senior Oracle personal, people like

Dermot O’Kelly        - SVP, EMEA Hardware Sales
David Callagham        - SVP, UK, Ireland and Israel
Andrew Sutherland   - SVP, EMEA Middleware Business
Ray Manning             - Vice President OEL and OVM global
Steve Wainwright        - Vice President Fusion Middleware
Owen Hughes        - Senior EMEA Director Middleware
Jackie Downs        - Senior Director Channels for UK
Eduardo Martinez        - Senior Director Automation
David Frasier         - Senior Director Technology Sales Consulting
Chris England        - Senior Director Exadata and Exalogic
David Rajan        - Senior Director Core Technology


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Candidate: 
 David Rowntree
Calor Gas Ltd

Experience using Oracle products:
JD Edwards Worlds and Enterprise 1
 

My involvement with the Oracle community:
Active member of JD Edwards User Group since 1996. Chaired committee under UKOUG for last three years. Finance Director on UKOUG Board. Positive input into Corporate Governance debate.


I am a :

End User

Community representation:
JD Edwards

Board skills:
Substantial knowledge of the JD Edwards product set and the whole Community. Qualified Accountant.


Improvements I would make to UKOUG:
Move the Corporate Governance issues forward. Strengthen the JD Edwards committee. Help the current Board with the significant changes that will take place in the coming 12 months.


Candidate: 
 Robert Stanton
University of Sheffield

Experience using Oracle products:
Oracle forms 10g ,6i, 3 Oracle reports 10g, 6i, 3 Jdeveloper 11g 10g , 9i ADF Oracle 10g, 9, 8, 6 PL/SQL JAVA Designer 6i APEX.
 

My involvement with the Oracle community:

I am a :

End User

Community representation:
Oracle Technology
Fusion


Board skills:
I am one of a very small number of people who have considerable commercial development experience of the whole of the oracle development stack in both PL/SQL and JAVA based products. I have been designing and writing mission critical business applications with Oracle development tools for 16 years. I therefore have a deep understanding of development processes, user expectations and how to deliver new systems with oracle products.

Improvements I would make to UKOUG:
Oracle have a great product in JDeveloper/ ADF but the user community has not taken it up in any significant way. The number of jobs advertised for ADF in the UK is miniscule. UKOUG need to do what it can to promote this technology, which is central to Oracle's long term development strategy, by such means as employing someone who can advise companies of it's benefits and generally obtaining funds from Oracle to advertise more widely.

 

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Candidate: 
 Sue Yates
Cognizant

Experience using Oracle products:
I have used Oracle products since the early 1990s (Oracle CASE), progressing through all versions of Oracle Case, Designer/2000 to Oracle Designer. The most recent version I have used is Designer 9i. I have a working knowledge of JDeveloper but have not yet used the tool in anger. I have worked on numerous legacy replacement projects for clients using Oracle DMBS and Oracle tools - I am not an active developer but I do have previous experience as a database designer.
 

My involvement with the Oracle community:
I have been a UKOUG Director since January 2009 and have been an active participant in board meetings and subsequent projects initiated by the UKOUG board. I have been the UKOUG board Sponsor for the Siebel community and conference since February 2010 and as such have also been a member of the Siebel committee. I chaired the Modelling, Analysis and Design SIG for 8 years, standing down from that role in July 2007. I have volunteered for many other UKOUG activities, including chairing sessions at annual/TEBS conference, judging papers for conference and agenda setting days.


I am a :

Consultant

Community representation:
Oracle Technology
Siebel


Board skills:
I have been a UKOUG Director since January 2009. This has been my first experience as a Director of the user group and, after a sharp learning curve, I have been an active participant in board activities and have taken the lead where my community knowledge and/or business skills could be exploited. I have 12+ years experience of SIGs and other UKOUG activities. I have significant user experience and perspective from my years as a consultant across many industries. I have strong communication skills and quickly grasp new and complex issues. I like to look for innovative yet practical solutions to problems.


Improvements I would make to UKOUG:
The communities that UKOUG supports are changing all the time, driven by, among other things, acquisitions, new media and new ideas. I would work hard to make sure that UKOUG keeps pace with change and makes the right decisions to effect change for the right reasons. I would also try to ensure that the user group remains a cohesive entity (breaking down any perceived barriers across disciplines) and strive to make sure that the UKOUG is fully representative of and for all members.

Manifesto:
I first worked with Oracle products in 1990 when I joined a central Oracle support group at British Airways. I pioneered the use of Oracle Case and Designer at British Airways and was involved in beta programmes for Oracle UK. I have continued to champion the use of Oracle Designer and modelling tools through my career as a business consultant, firstly at CACI Limited, then at EDS Consulting Services and now with the Customer Solutions Practice at Cognizant.

 I have been an active participant in UKOUG events since the mid 1990s, spending 8 years as Co-Chair of the Modelling, Analysis and Design SIG (until Summer 2007) as well as contributing to paper judging and agenda selection days for conference and chairing sessions at conference. I was elected as a Director for the first time in January 2009 (Dec 2008 nominations).

 I have discovered how different being a Director really is compared to other volunteer roles at UKOUG. I have taken responsibility for a variety of activities during my first term, including working with the Development Tools communities as they reformed/re-branded in the summer of 2009, taking on the Director Sponsor role with the Siebel community in February 2010 and looking at new ideas for the UKOUG membership model. I have found my last two years as a Director to be rewarding, enjoyable and challenging and am keen to continue my involvement with UKOUG as a Director.

 My ‘day job’ as a consultant for Cognizant remains a hands-on, client facing role, with users of various modelling and development tools, including the Oracle suite of tools. Combining this significant user experience with my knowledge of the UKOUG from the perspective of both member and volunteer gives me a great insight to not only what the user group can offer but also what members would like and expect.

I strongly believe that membership of a user group has to be an enjoyable experience - events should be geared to members needs and should provide inspiration to participate and learn as well as to network.  The UKOUG is a leader of its kind which I believe provides Oracle users with unparalleled networking, learning and sharing opportunities. Considered leadership and innovative thought are needed to ensure that the user group continues to flourish – qualities that I can bring to the board as a Director.

I enjoy the full support from my employers at Cognizant for participation in all UKOUG events and board duties and activities.

I am passionate and enthusiastic about the UKOUG and always promote the group and events wherever and whenever I can. I will ensure that, if my nomination is successful, I continue to contribute fully in all capacities as a Director.


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