Many of you know that I’ve been actively involved in VBUG for a long time. The following posting provides some insight into VBUG and talks a bit about the forthcoming election.
There are several VBUG regions which include Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Leicester, Bristol, London, Bournemouth, Ipswich and Reading. Each group is managed by a regional co-ordinator and I’ve been running the Reading group since 2005. All co-ordinators volunteer their time and do what they do through a sense of sharing and community. In addition to playing host at events, co-ordinators also do a lot of work behind the scenes. These tasks include finding venues, searching for speakers, representing the group at events and answering technical questions.
Inside the group, we have a lot of bright talent. Notably, Manchester co-ordinator Phil Winstanly is an ASP.Net expert and Newcastle co-ordinator Andy Westgarth has done a sterling job in delivering talks on IIS7.
The leadership of VBUG consists of an elected Chair and Vice Chair. For the past 2 years, these roles have been held by Mark Anderson and George Galleger. Both have worked extremely hard in these roles and also find the time to run their respective groups in Bournemouth and Edinburgh. Well done to them both!
The current leadership term is coming to an end and elections are taking place this month. This will be a very important and exciting time for the future of VBUG.
I am pleased to announce that I’ll be standing for the role of Vice Chair. In part, my decision has been influenced by respected members of the UK developer community who believe that I am capable of bringing positive change to the group. I would like to see VBUG grow and the role of Vice Chair would make it easier for me to make performs tasks which would otherwise be more difficult.
Formal manifestos will be published very soon so watch this space!