Community Leaders Bios:

Steve Smith ( MCT , MVP-SharePoint Server, MCSE 4.0 , 2000 & 2003 ) is part owner of Combined Knowledge in the UK providing Microsoft SharePoint Technical Training courses and Consultancy.

Steve is well travelled spending most of his 20's travelling in the US and South Asia for the companies he worked with , achieving his NT 4 MCSE in New Delhi India in 1998 whilst based there for 3 years.

Although tinkering with computers since early Teenage years Steve has specialized with Microsoft's systems since 1996 and been involved in many Microsoft Beta programs including Windows 2000, Exchange 2000 and Sharepoint. The last 6 years however has seen a majority of his time with Sharepoint and running the Mindsharp Administrator courses in the UK and Europe, also helping many UK based companies with their Sharepoint Implementations including the US Air Force, The Ministry of Defence and Several Blue chip companies. Steve is a Co Organiser of the UK SharePoint User Group and time allowing Steve also likes to help others in the Microsoft Sharepoint Portal Public newsgroup and hurtle down a Welsh mountain on his mountain bike.

Steve lives in South Leicestershire, England with his wife and 3 children

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Russ Kirk – Russ is CTO at Grey Convergence, a consultancy and systems integrator specialising in communication, collaboration and identity management. He has worked in IT since 1989 originally as a dBase and Clipper programmer and then built the Technical Services team in a reprographics startup. Since 1999 he has focused on converged communication and collaboration solutions, such as VoIP, IP Telephony, conferencing, instant messaging (IM) and presence, notably with Cisco and Microsoft solutions and their integration.

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Nick Swan –  Nick has been developing with Microsoft based technologies for 7 years since completing Software Engineering at Univeristy. Having become interested in developing on top of SharePoint, he decided to start the SharePoint User Group UK ( Membership sign up has been amazing with over 400 people signed up in the first 5 months.
Nick has been using all the v3 bits since January and so has decided to focus on this area, particularly developer areas such as workflow, site customization, InfoPath development etc. He’s looking forward to companies deploying all this new stuff and the possibilities it will bring for them!

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Nathan Winters is a Unified Communications Consultant for Dimension Data; a Microsoft Gold Partner on five continents whose clients include over 70% of the Global Fortune 100. Nathan has been working in I.T. for four years and specialises in Exchange, Active Directory and Virtualisation. Recent work has included an Exchange 2007 design for a 2000 user network and a large multisite migration from GroupWise 6.5 to Exchange 2003.

Midway through 2006 Nathan founded the Microsoft Messaging and Mobility User Group UK ( which holds regular meetings in the UK to discuss topics related to Exchange. In April 2007 Nathan was awarded an MVP (Exchange Server) for his work with MMMUG and regular contributions to the Mark Minasi Forum. Nathan is a regular contributor to the website and Nathan's other articles have been published by Penton Media (Exchange and Outlook Administrator newsletter), Microsoft (TechNet Industry Insiders) and on the MMMUG website.

For more of Nathan's articles see the links below:

You can contact Nathan at or through his blog at


Rod Gordon
Rod is Chairman of the Office User Group ( and has worked with the Office products for over 15 years, developing data analysis and business intelligence applications. He also runs a 15-man software house, Gordon Associates, which specialises in the provision of bespoke database and web solutions using .NET, SQL Server, SharePoint and Microsoft CRM. See for further information. Rod can be contacted at

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Rob Lambert MSc DMS
(Bio may change but for our benefit): - Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at Cranfield University. He and his Cranfield colleague, Professor Chris Edwards, have created a consulting business that is built on their Cassandra methodology. It helps organisations link their goals to required changes in business processes and then to needed changes in IT infrastructure. For technologists it's like looking at their jobs from the other end of a telescope. They'll be equipped to "sell" better what they see on the day into their companies, or if partners, into their customers.

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Richard Siddaway - After working in the seismic exploration industry Richard moved in to IT on a full time basis primarily working with Microsoft technologies as an Infrastructure Architect for Perot Systems.  Currently  specialising in Active Directory, Exchange and SQL Server much of his recent experience has involved migrating enterprises from Windows NT\Exchange 5.5 to Windows 2003\Exchange 2003. His initial programming background is still useful as Richard is a very experienced scripter always looking for the opportunity to automate a process. Having discovered PowerShell 18 months ago he has enthusiastically adopted it in preference to VBScript and has founded the UK PowerShell User Group.  Richard has presented on PowerShell to the Directory Experts Conference 2007, at various events at Microsoft UK and for other UK User Groups.

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Arthur Pounder has been around computers most of his adult life and even once worked as a junior computer programmer, (BASIC), writing software for school children; before meeting a fashion consultant who agreed that he would look good in camouflage and a blue ceremonial uniform.

After a significant period of jumping out of perfectly serviceable aircraft, enforced adventure training holidays to exotic lands watching the sunrise over the desert, Arthur realised that he would need to find sanity and entered a mid-life career change. Taking the plunge he decided that working for a small telecoms company would be less of a challenge. But with his inevitable sense of timing, (you just know that something was going to go wrong – he only arrives on the scene when there’s going to be trouble), he arrived just in time not only for the Christmas party but also as the bubble burst and the stock price fell through the floor ! ..

Arthur will openly admit he never intended to start a career in Support. He originally started in December 2000 as Service Delivery, and then stumbled into his current career within IT Support as a Desktop Support Engineer back in 2002, and has successfully held several rolls within the same company ever since.

Arthur is passionate about IT, and will listen to everyone's views; where he says it's the only way to learn

He just asks one thing ... Just take him as you find him ...

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Colin Byrne, Flexnet Consultants

Colin is a Senior Technical Consultant (MCSD.Net) and has been involved in developing business software for over 15 years.  Past projects include developing an OLAP client, a Pocket PC mobile sales application, leading the team creating a warehouse system for a global food company and multiple public web sites.

Colin runs the software and consultancy company Flexnet Consultants which specialises in Microsoft SharePoint and custom application development using Microsoft tools.

When not in front of a computer he enjoys playing guitar well and golf badly.

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Ray Booysen – Ray is a software architect at Dot Net Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Partner based in Windsor, Berkshire.  Ray has been working in I.T. for 7 years working with financial systems before focussing on web based applications and the .NET 3.0 technology stack.  In the beginning of 2007, Ray co-founded the Vista Squad user group which combines interested parties from both the .NET framework and the Vista operating systems.  He is always looking for ways to get more people involved in the new technologies from Microsoft and see how it benefits everyone!

You can contact Ray at or through his blog at

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Chris Dalby

Chris Dalby is founder and Director of Yellow Park, a Microsoft Certified Partner located in Kent, UK. Yellow Park is a multidisciplinary company specializing in a range of services, including network support for Windows networks, communications, Live Meeting, web and email hosting, online integration and development.

Chris setup the Live Meeting User Group in March 2007, running regular webcasts for the Live Meeting community.  You can find Chris blogging at or on the LMUG website

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Jim Moffat

Jim is director of elastictime, a Microsoft partner specialising in helping organisations construct secure, productive, virtual teams, with an emphasis on Microsoft Office Groove 2007.  With more than two decades of experience in sales, marketing and product management of collaborative software, including twelve years at IBM, he has a wealth of knowledge of how people use and misuse media for work.  He is also a director of Smith Ivanson Ltd., a company that helps high tech companies build their channels.  He has an Hons BSc and an MBA.  

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Ray Jordan

Ray has had over 40 years experience in IT, covering all aspects from application development, performance management of large systems.

He launched IBM’s Management Consulting practice in Europe in the mid 70’s concentrating on Business Process Management and has consulted worldwide for many organisations across many industry sectors. He co-founded D2i Solutions in 2002 recognising the changing nature of work, to deliver collaboration and communications based solutions. We were the first Groove partner appointed by Microsoft in the UK having introduced Groove to the UK 2 years prior to the acquisition by Microsoft. We are able to provide support, training, consultancy, application development, including integration with back end systems, and are working within  Healthcare, Local authorities, central Government departments and a whole range on commercial organisations.

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Gordon McKenna

Gordon McKenna is a Microsoft MVP in System Center Operations Manager and also founder member of the UK based Windows Management Usergroup (WMUG),

Gordon has been at the forefront of Microsoft Systems Management Technologies for over 10 years, and was the lead Technical Specialist with Texan based software house Mission Critical Software (later merged with NetIQ) who were the original developers of MOM.

When Microsoft acquired the product in 2001, Gordon was part of the team that helped transition the product to Microsoft and was actively involved in many of the early customer engagements all the way through to the latest version of the product Operations Manager 2007.

Gordon reputation has grown, through regular presenter slots at Tech Ed and IT Forum both in Europe and in the US as well as regular appearances at Microsoft and Community events around the world, and is now regarded as one of the leading experts in the world in this technology.

Gordon now runs a successful, System Center based Consultancy in the UK called Inframon and has been involved in many large scale Operations Manager implementations in both the UK and US, as well as a 12 month role with Microsoft IT, implementing an internal Global LOB application monitoring platform for over 2,600 apps. Being an active MVP Gordon is regularly involved with community based events which includes the recently launched Windows Management User Group.

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Tony Rogerson

Tony started his IT career in 1986 coding on the IBM mainframe programming in such languages as Application System, PL/1, CICS, DB2, System W. Around 1994 he moved into the client/server environment using Visual Basic and C++, Oracle at first and then Microsoft SQL Server, he primarily does SQL Server consultancy but also knows VB.NET and C# but is really SQL Server focused.Tony has been an independent consultant since 1999 based in Harpenden - Hertfordshire. He has a broad client base from a Research Fellow right the way through to enterprise covering a lot of business areas, Banking (Retail, Investment), Retail, Knowledge Management, Manufacturing, Motor Racing, Web Industries and a ton more I don't even know how to classify!In 1998 he founded the UK SQL Server Community ( a community of over 9,000 members. He also co runs SQLBlogcasts.COM with Simon Sabin, Tony’s blog.