London VMUG – new beginnings……

As many of you already know, after a 5-year stint as one of the leaders of the London and UK VMUG committee I will be stepping down after our London January 21st, 2016 meeting. 2016 brings many new changes; we have a new home for our meetings after our long term home at the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry was put up for sale, we’re moving to TechUK and we’re announcing 3 new committee members, <drum roll>………… long term attendees and contributors, Dave Simpson, Chris Dearden and Linda Smith will be joining the new chair Simon Gallagher. Dave, Chris and Linda will make a very strong committee to take over from myself, Alaric Davies and Stuart Thompson. We’ll all be at the January 21st meeting, so come along and say hello to the new committee! You can register here.

Being a VMUG leader brings rewards such as vExpert status, opportunity to attend VMworld, access to PluralSight training, gifts from vendors etc. but the two that mean the most to me are the thanks and recognition from our members for the time and effort we voluntarily put into our community and also seeing some members flourish in their own careers having utilised VMUG meetings as a platform to raise their profile. I think the UserCon we put on last month at the National Motorcycle Museum was a huge success and thrilled for the winners of the 4 VMworld prizes we were able to provide thanks to the sponsorship money from 2015 London VMUG sponsors. Certainly feel we’re going out with a bang and on a high!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the VMUG community, and will remain a strong advocate and contributor to the VMware community, but the time has come to hand over the baton to some ‘fresh blood’. Next year I intend to use the time that no longer being a VMUG leader will free up to spend more time indulging my other 2 passions – riding my horses and working with my hiviz-marketing clients. I am looking forward to attending a meeting or the November UserCon as an attendee next year! I am also involved in a new community – WhatMatrix is the evolution of the VirtualizationMatrix and is a crowdsourced-powered IT Comparison Community. More about that in a later blog 🙂

Being a VMUG leader has led to working with some great folks in VMUG HQ, VMware and other leaders; I’m grateful for the experience and wish the new London VMUG leaders, and all my other VMUG leader friends, continued success in the future.