Speakers 2017

Anthony is a Solution Architect at Chef which has him advising on Chef approaches, teaching and supporting customers using Chef. He enjoys helping companies and their people understand how Chef can get them the outcomes they’re seeking.

When not working he spends his time with his young family, dogs and collection of hobbies (motorcycles, photography, drumming…).

Mike Fowler encountered Linux and it’s surrounding ecosystem of open source software while reading software engineering at university. As a
student he delighted in the ability to read and understand the code as well as the cost freedom to make use of software that would otherwise be out of reach.

Entering the corporate world he discovered that the commercial equivalents of many of the tools he’d grown to love were also out of his employer’s reach, Introducing open source was the easy part, keeping it running was a different matter. So began a career that mixed elements of software engineering, system administration and systems engineering.

Driven by a belief that humans should only do interesting things Mike has spent many years automating many aspects of his duties as well as the business processes within the business. Aside from the usual collection of Perl & Ansible scripts, he made heavy use of and many contributions to the YAWL project (Yet Another Workflow Engine).

Mike is a strong advocate of PostgreSQL having driven it’s adoption at many of his previous employers. He contributed some XML features to 9.1 and has made a number of bug fixes to the JDBC driver. He has spoken of these experiences as a regular speaker at PGDayUK.

With the advent of Site Reliability Engineering Mike now has a title that matches what he’s always been doing. By combining his software & systems
engineering skills with his system administration experience and passion for automation he now works on behalf of Claranet|Bashton with
organisations to help them migrate and make better use of the Linux public cloud offerings.

David started out studying Literature and Philosophy, but was happily sidetracked into Computer Science back in 1984.

Having worked in Medical Education and Television News David is currently working for the Janet NOC looking after their Solaris and Linux servers. Outside work David is interested in talks, Cinema, Photography and Theatre.

Stuart is an experienced computing, team and project manager with more than 30 years’ in-depth expertise successfully delivering leading edge computing environments (including HPC) for research and teaching at world-class universities.

Peter Tribble was a theoretical astrophysicist who converted to systems administration after realising that he was spending more time maintaining computers than using them. He helped Sun open-source Solaris, served on the OpenSolaris Governing Board, and is now a member of the illumos community where he maintains his own distribution, Tribblix.


Red Hat: Senior Software Engineer, RHV Storage

Freddy is a senior software engineer with over 15 years of experience, currently working at Red Hat’s RHV Storage Team.

Beside coding, Freddy has a great interest in education, teaching middle school students about Linux and Python as part of a volunteering project at Red Hat’s Israel offices.

Assaf Flatto has been a working in the Open Source community since 1995, starting with Slackware and has started working with NetSaint (now Nagios ) since version 0.6. Since then he became a Linux Administrator and Nagios certified.

He has been active in supporting the Nagios community by offering help and advice via the IRC channel and the (now dead) mailing list. He is an active team member of Icinga since 2011.

Assaf has been a Linux Administrator and done Network Management for companies like the BBC, SKY, and LOVEFiLM in the UK and VoxPopuli, Atelis, and M-Wise in Israel. Currently working as a consultant in IT/DevOps and Network Management implementations for various companies.

Les is a self-taught maker and hacker. He hosts regular Raspberry Jam events in Blackpool and helps teachers across the UK to learn more about physical computing and the maker culture.

Les loves to tinker with broken toys and build projects using cost effective equipment to show that learning to hack doesn’t have to be expensive. Les can be found on his blog where he documents his adventures in low cost hacking using the Raspberry Pi and the BBC MicroBit Controller.

Les is a big fan of using shops such as Poundland (pronounced Pounderland in the Les Pounder verse) to build low cost fun items to both hack and learn. Aside from showing the physical skills he also documents the code and process for making hacking cheap, cheerful and lots of fun for all ages.

Please use the following links to learn more about Les:

Simon is an Information Security and Digital Forensics Specialist. He’s lectured at DeMontfort University on Digital Forensics – most notably on “Alternative Operating Systems” – which, let’s face it, is what most of the attendees of this conference will be using – ‘cos basically it means “Anything that isn’t Windows”… He’s cropped up at a couple of FLOSS Spring Schools previously, so really he should know better by now, rather than doing two talks instead…

In VM (aka Vicky)’s nearly 20 years in the tech. industry she has been an analyst, programmer, product manager, software engineering manager, director of software engineering, and C-level technical business and open source strategy consultant. Vicky is the winner of the Perl White Camel Award (2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

Vicky occasionally blogs at {anonymous => ‘hash’}, often writes and is a moderator for opensource.com, and frequently tweets at @vmbrasseur.

Matt S Trout was thrust into Perl at the tender age of seventeen by a backup accident. Two weeks later he realised that he was in love with the language and has been happily using it for systems automation, network, web and database development ever since.

He is co-maintainer of the Catalyst web framework (and co-author of The Definitive Guide to Catalyst), the creator of the DBIx::Class ORM, and a core team member for the Moose metaprotocol and object system, as well as contributing to assorted other CPAN projects.

Matt spends his days leading the technical team at Shadowcat Systems Limited, an open source consultancy specialising in Catalyst, Perl applications deployment and systems architecture. Shadowcat sponsors web, source repository and mailing list hosting for Catalyst, DBIx::Class and a large number of associated projects, and creates and releases open source code both internally and on behalf of its clients.

Stephen Grier is a Systems Engineer with over 15 years experience running Linux and Unix systems at scale. He is currently working at University College London as a Senior Systems Administrator where he is helping to improve the performance and availability of UCL’s web presence.

Stephen is a keen DevOps and open source advocate with a particular interest in infrastructure automation, configuration management and continuous integration.

Kimball is a Customer Engineer for Chef Software, where he splits his time between giving training on a variety of Chef products, and assisting large enterprises in their (often scary) journey into the world of DevOps and Automation.

Over the past ten years he has being using a wide range of infrastructure automation tools and has seen the pitfalls of a lack of testing. In his spare time he enjoys reading, computer games and good food.

Software developer at Shadowcat Systems,  as well as Maker and Board member at LAMM (Lancaster Hackspace). Spends most of his time either programming software or building hardware.

Jan-Piet Mens is an independent Unix/Linux consultant and sysadmin who’s worked with Unix-systems since 1985.

Jan-Piet does odd bits of coding, and has architected infrastructure at major customers throughout Europe, and he initiated the Open Source @OwnTracks project for personal location tracking over MQTT.

One of his specialities is the Domain Name System and as such, he authored the book Alternative DNS Servers as well as a variety of other technical publications. (http://jpmens.net)

Bernd Erk is CEO and co-founder of the Icinga Project. In his day job he is CEO at NETWAYS, a German open source service company. His technical expertise stretches across systems management, managed services and software development. As contributor to Linux Magazine and Admin Magazine, Bernd regularly publishes articles and presents on open source topics ranging from monitoring, configuration management to various open source datacenter solutions. As a core member of DevOpsDays organizers, he tries to spread the DevOps spirit wherever and whenever possible.

Paul Waring is a freelance IT consultant based in Greater Manchester, with experience in web design, hosting and programming in a professional capacity since 2000. Outside of work, Paul runs Currybeer socials and Geek Walks, and acts as treasurer and webmaster for the Manchester Classical Association. He is also a regular attendee at the Manchester Linux Users Group and has given talks on a variety of subjects.

Julien Pivotto is a young Open-Source consultant at Inuits where he is helping organisations with the deployment of long-term solutions based on Open-Source infrastructure.

He is a strong believer in the devops movement and has technical focus towards infrastructure automation, continuous integration, monitoring and high availability.