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About Gethyn Ellis

Gethyn Ellis is the lead consultant with

Gethyn is an experienced and successful SQL Server Consultant, Microsoft Certified Trainer and Author. He has a wealth of technical and business skills acquired in demanding assignments in the UK's public and private sectors along with clients based in the USA and Canada.
Gethyn Ellis

Gethyn has been working with SQL Server since version 7 and has worked with SQL Server on every version since through to SQL Server 2014.
Gethyn’s SQL Server skills include
• Disaster Recovery
• High Availability -Clustering/Mirroring/AlwaysOn Availability Groups
• Performance Tuning
• Virtualisation
• Reporting Services
• Integration Services

About David Postlethwaite

David is a Database Administrator currently working at a  large insurance company on the South Coast.

david Postlethwaite
David is the SQL Server SME supporting SQL Server instances, from 2017 to 2000 and Azure.
He is also an Oracle DBA.

Previous to becoming a DBA, David was a developer using .NET, c# and, t-sql, Access, and FoxPro and has written a number of applications in c# to support his DBA role

David has spoken at a number of SQL conference across Europe on a number of SQL related subjects
* Putting Your Head in the Clouds- A Beginner's Guide to Cloud Computing and SQL Azure
* Putting Your Head in the Clouds- Microsoft Azure for the SQL DBA
* Beware of the Dark Side - A Guided Tour of Oracle for the SQL Server DBA
* A real DBA don’t need a GUI - A Guided Tour of SQL Server Management Studio
* Taming the Beast - Kerberos for the SQL Server DBA
* SQL Server 2016 New Features
* SQL 016 New feature - Query Store
* SQL 2017 New Feature - Graph Data

About Sabrina McFarlane 

Operations Manager of

Sabrina McFarlane

Sabrina is a successful business manager, who has an extensive background in senior management roles in specialist settings. Sabrina executes excellent leadership skills when planning, implementing and reviewing procedures, recruitment, training and business plans. With over ten year’s experience working for the NHS and in the private sector, Sabrina strives to implement best practice every day.

Being transparent allows Sabrina to set realistic goals and time frames and aim to exceed business expectations. With experience in mentoring, training and leading teams; providing the best in quality training and practice is Sabrina’s passion. In 2016 Sabrina was a successful finalist when nominated for a Staffordshire Dignity Award in the Outstanding example category.

About Mark Williams

Mark is an accomplished Senior Programme / Project Manager with excellent leadership skills and a track record of successful delivery in pressurised and demanding environments.
Mark Williams

Specialising in the delivery of high value Business or IT led Programmes and Projects with key experience within Financial Services, Public Sector, Not for Profit, ICT, Transport, Travel and Legal sectors he helps organisations Prioritise, Initiate, Deliver, and if necessary Recover, initiatives, transitioning them into BAU.

He covers the full Portfolio, Programme & Project lifecycle from concept, option analysis, prioritisation, scope definition through build, test, implementation, BAU transition, service delivery and benefit realisation

About Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson

Chris is an Infrastructure Analyst working for a financial services company, based on the south coast of the England.  He specialises in Microsoft technologies such as Hyper-V, System Centre and PowerShell.  His interests including Automation, Containers and DevOps.

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