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Me & the UKOUG - Neil Chandler

Me & the UKOUG


In each issue of #PTK Magazine, we reach out to our volunteers to hear their stories of being involved with us. In #PTK Issue 72, we spoke to UKOUG Member Advocate Neil Chandler about his experiences of representing the Technology community on the board after 25 years of involvement with the user group and how he's helping us to adapt and move forward.


 

Right from the first event I attended, 25 years ago, I could see the advantage of the UKOUG community – and especially the networking aspect. When you’re interacting with your peers and learning from them, you’re listening to people talk about problems that you haven’t faced yet but might face in the future. So you get to understand where they went wrong and how avoid it, and it lets you implement best practices based upon their experiences.

 

Joining the board seemed like a natural progression for me. I’ve gone from attendee to volunteer – to special interest group (SIG) chair, to conference speaker, then to conference lead and now to Member Advocate on the board. I decided to do it because I could see that the world was changing and we also needed to bring change to the UKOUG. It seemed like the right time to take up the baton and try to bring a fresh approach to the board.

 

You’ll notice at our events that the people having the most fun are the volunteers. By volunteering, you get so much more out of it than you put in. Being involved with the organisation exposes you to a wide range of products and technologies that you might not come across in your day job, and that broadens your horizons. But it’s important that we have fun at the same time. Learning’s great, but learning while enjoying yourself is even better!


Neil Chandler

Right from the first event I attended, 25 years ago, I could see the advantage of the UKOUG community – and especially the networking aspect. When you’re interacting with your peers and learning from them, you’re listening to people talk about problems that you haven’t faced yet but might face in the future. So you get to understand where they went wrong and how avoid it, and it lets you implement best practices based upon their experiences.


Joining the board seemed like a natural progression for me. I’ve gone from attendee to volunteer – to special interest group (SIG) chair, to conference speaker, then to conference lead and now to Member Advocate on the board. I decided to do it because I could see that the world was changing and we also needed to bring change to the UKOUG. It seemed like the right time to take up the baton and try to bring a fresh approach to the board to see if we can move the group forward.


You’ll notice at our events that the people having the most fun are the volunteers. By volunteering, you get so much more out of it than you put in. Being involved with the organisation exposes you to a wide range of products and technologies that you might not come across in your day job, and that broadens your horizons. But it’s important that we have fun at the same time. Learning’s great, but learning while enjoying yourself is even better!