The UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) has voted in former enterprise resource planning (ERP) director at engineering firm Atkins, Linda Barker (pictured), as its new president.
On her appointment, Barker said she was looking forward to continuing the work of outgoing UKOUG president David Warburton-Broadhurst.
"I’m looking forward to working with the rest of our board to carry on the great work done under David’s leadership," she said.
"Together we’ll work towards our aim of being the association that everyone in the Oracle community engages with and continuing to serve this community by providing relevant products and services."
In her role at Atkins, Barker was was responsible for a mutlimillion-pound ERP and human resources systems roll-out being run by Capgemini.
On the UKOUG website, she described one of the highs in her career as when she led "some very exciting Oracle roll-outs and system extensions around the world". These included implementing Oracle JD Edwards and Oracle E-Business Suite in the Middle East, India and China.
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When asked about the lows, Barker said: "My first Oracle ERP experience in 2002 was helping to turn around a failed JD Edwards and Oracle E-Business Suite implementation which had contributed to a huge drop in share price for the company concerned.
"The team and I worked round the clock to recover the system, which was exhausting but very satisfying when we finally got it – and the company – working as planned. The lessons learned from that experience have stuck with me throughout my Oracle career," she added.
In terms of what she wanted to achieve as UKOUG president, Barker said she saw face-to-face events as great opportunities to network and learn from each other.
"Special interest groups could really help to bring the community together. We could also use this as a platform to crowdsource ideas for improvements to the UKOUG."
Warburton-Broadhurst described his time as UKOUG president as "rewarding" and a great opportunity. "I wish the best of luck to Linda as she takes up the new leadership and takes UKOUG into the future," he said.