Meet our TechUG Committee Members

Our Community is run by and for IT professionals across a wide range of organisations. We are always on the look out for volunteers to help with our events. 
We value your opinion and want to know how you think the community events should be run, what themes, topics and speakers should be on our programme and which sponsors we should approach. 

We’re working hard to establish regional committees with 4 committee members for each of our locations across the UK. If you are interested in joining our committee then please contact Mike England our Communities Lead at or give him a call on +447515637905 

The TechUG Committee Members include:

Gav Brining, Head of IT, Wrigleys Solicitors

TechUG National Chairman

Gav is our national Chairman and started the TechUG Leeds Community (then known as the Virtual Machine User Group) together with Brendon Higgins whilst they worked for DLA Piper.  Gav speaks regularly at our community events 


Brendon Higgins, Technical Architect, Wrigleys Solicitors

Brendon Higgins, Technical Architect, Wrigleys Solicitors

TechUG National Community Champion

Bren is the TechUG National Community Engagement Lead, he’s the networker chatting to the locals, getting the buzz on what’s going on and steering the technical content. A generalist IT Technical Architect and engineer who believes in being useful while taking pride in one’s work. I am also studying part-time for a Master’s degree in virtualised system performance. Currently working on an IT Transformation Project at Wrigleys Solicitors following stints at a multinational insurance company and multinational greeting cards business. Co-founder Virtual Machine User Group Committee Member – West Yorkshire Branch of British Computer Society Committee Member – NetApp User Group NetApp Support Community Champion. Bren can be seen at many TechUG Community Events, he’s hard to miss.


Mike England, Community Engagement Director, Maytech Events

Chief Community Dude, TechUG

Mike is our self titled Chief Community Dude and helps run TechUG on a day to day basis. He’s been running Tech focused communities and events for over 15 years. A proud Dad/Husband, & Integrale fanatic… thoughts own although the smart ones are sometimes borrowed. In a previous life, Mike was the Event Director for UC EXPO and Content Director for IP EXPO Europe where he worked with some of tech’s most famous alumni including Steve Wozniak, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Kevin Mitnick to name a few.


Jason Meers, Senior Systems Engineer & CTO Ambassador, VMware

TechUG National Virtualisation Chairman

Jason likes nothing better than a deep technical conversation and a whiteboard. He’s a regular at out Manchester Event but has travelled and spoken at all out community events. Jason was previously a Senior Solutions Architect at Xtravirt and a Consulting Architect in the UK VMware Professional Services division. One of 754 people worldwide awarded the VMware vExpert accolade. Independent Advisor to UK Conservative Party, UK Cabinet Office, Northern Ireland Assembly, National Computing Centre & BDO LLP. 


Steve Mitchell, Head of Infrastructure & IT Operations at

Steve Mitchell, Head of Infrastructure & IT Operations,

TechUG Cardiff Community Lead

Steve has been getting around a few TechUG Communities so you might catch him at one outside Cardiff. He started as a junior engineer and has worked his way up having seen the infrastructure at shift from fully blown on-premise to full Azure  (He was working on Azure before they called it Azure.  Get yourself along to the Cardiff Community event and say hello to him, he’s always up for a natter. 


Duncan James, AWS Lead Architect, Alscient

TechUG Leeds Community Lead

Duncan has been a constant reliable supporter since our very first event. He is a Cloud Architect with core competencies in IaaS Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, VMware, and related technologies within Retail, Professional Services and IT Managed Service businesses. He uses the AWS Well Architectured Framework and Azure Architecture Centre set of principles to make informed best practice decisions for designing, operating, reliable, secure, efficient and cost-effective systems in the Cloud.


Pritpal Rehal, Technical Architect, University of York

TechUG Leeds Committee

Pritpal is an active committee member for our Leeds Community and a Technical Architect in the Desktop and Printing group / IT Services at the University of York. Responsible for Developing / Integrate and Delivering various IT Solutions in an Academic environment. Specialising on Windows platform and Virtualisation solutions. Experienced in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure ( VDI), Application delivery and Mobile platforms for our ever-changing roaming users base. Also part of TechUG committee, he regularly present at various IT / Forum events on various aspect of VDI and evolving and emerging technologies and how they affect our IT strategy in Academia.


Steve Hackers, Technical Architect, Hot Wired IT Solutions 

TechUG Newcastle Community Lead

Steve is a qualified, experienced, VMware vExpert 2016,2017 & 2018 VMware Certified Professional in Cloud, Data Centre and Desktop. A Microsoft Specialist in Hyper-V and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Windows Server 2012, an MCTIP: EA in 2008 and MCSE in 2003 server. Steve is also a Symantec Certified Specialist in Data Centre Security and a Citrix Certified Administrator in XenApp 6.5 and XenDesktop 5. Steve has over 12 years of experience within Wintel infrastructure on design, installation and support. Steve demonstrates excellent communication skills and has an easy-going flexible manner which enables him to quickly absorb into any existing teams. Steve has successful previous experience in delivering multiple large scale projects at once. Steve has a ‘hit the ground running’ attitude. Steve actively seeks and thrives on challenges. Technically Steve has extensive infrastructure skills in Windows Server, Hyper-V, VMware vSphere / ESXi, SQL, Citrix XenApp, Xen Client, Juniper-SSL and NetApp SAN.


Jonathan Noble, Sage

Jonathan Noble, Live Services Specialist, Sage

TechUG Newcastle Committee

Jon is an active Committee member for Newcastle and speaks regularly on a range of topics, typically focused on DevOps and PowerShell,  Previously at Newcastle University Jon is now responsible for availability, performance, and security of Sage’s cloud-based products, from infrastructure to application. Working in close association with Product Delivery teams to develop CI/CD release pipelines, and to improve product quality through DevOps practices.


Alasdair Crawford, Citrix Project Lead, Forestry Enterprise Scotland – Technical Director, Kalamath Consultancy

TechUG Glasgow Community Lead

Alasdair provides contracting and consultancy services across Scotland. Highly motivated IT Professional with experience of supporting large Citrix and Microsoft server environments both in the public and private sectors. I am an experienced virtualisation consultant/architect, specialising in, Citrix XEN SERVER and Microsoft virtualisation (HYPER -V) solutions. I am a positive and optimistic personality, committed to maintaining high standards. Microsoft Technical Specialist in Virtualisation, Citrix CCP-V Xen Desktop and Citrix XenServer Administration. Citrix Netscaler. 2X Portal Partner.

Just another IT guy looking to pass on knowledge and learn new things. I’ve been working in the IT industry for many years. I started in the UK public sector working for an emergency service which was a real eye opener and certainly taught me what it really meant to work on a critical system. Since then I’ve moved around and enjoyed the opportunity to work with many great people and learn much along the way. Who knows where this journey is going to take me but I hope to enjoy every nibble and byte along the way!Alex Gallagher Senior Infrastructure Specialist at Turning Point

TechUG Manchester Committee

Alex is on our TechUG Manchester Committee and is just another IT guy looking to pass on knowledge and learn new things. 

I’ve been working in the IT industry for many years. I started in the UK public sector working for an emergency service which was a real eye-opener and certainly taught me what it really meant to work on a critical system. Since then I’ve moved around and enjoyed the opportunity to work with many great people and learn much along the way.

Who knows where this journey is going to take me but I hope to enjoy every nibble and byte along the way!

Paul Stringfellow, Technical Director, Gardner Systems plc

TechUG Manchester Committee

Paul is on our Manchester Committee and has over 20 years experience in the industry, I spend much of my time meeting with IT strategists and decision makers helping them to see how the latest in IT solutions can help them address their business issues.  I’m a technology enthusiast and thought this site would be a nice way to share some of the great technology I come across, as well as sharing experiences of working with many great customers and innovative technology partners.

I’m also proud to be on the 2017 CRN A-List of people in the technology industry as well as lucky enough to be part of the fantastic NetApp A-Team.  I’ve now branched out into the world of podcasts with the TechStringy Interviews podcast, you can find the back catalogue in the TechStringy Interviews section of this site and you can subscribe on iTunes, Soundcloud or wherever you get your podcasts, feel free to have a listen.