UK Oracle User Group appoints first female chairman

The UK Oracle User Group has elected Debra Lilley, formerly director and deputy chair of the organisation, to the position of chairman.

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The UK Oracle User Group has elected Debra Lilley, formerly director and deputy chair of the organisation, to the position of chairman.

As the first female chairman of the group, she replaces Ronan Miles, director of collaborative services at BT, who has stepped down after 11 years in the role.

A spokesperson for the group said that Miles has stepped down because he felt it was "time to pass the position on to someone new".

Lilley, who is also a principal Oracle consultant at Fujitsu, has been an active member of the user group for nine years, and holds a Chartered Director status from the Institute of Directors.

She is also leader of the Product Development Committee for the International Oracle Users Group Community (IOUC), focusing on Oracle’s Fusion enterprise applications.

On her appointment, Lilley called for Oracle users to join the UKOUG.

“If you use Oracle in your organisation, are you members of UKOUG? If the answer is now, then please let us know why,” she said.

“When budgets are tight, user group education is very affordable and the sharing of best practice can be priceless. We all need to get the most out of our investments in Oracle technology and we can help.”

She also urged existing members to volunteer for the group, saying: “By presenting at an event, being part of a community committee or simply volunteering your time, your Oracle investment pays so much dividend as you are always learning.”

Meanwhile, Lilley recently joined the board of advisors at research analyst firm Constellation Research, a position she will hold for 12 months.

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