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Welcome to INETA UK + Ireland  
The International .NET Association (INETA) provides structured, peer-based organizational, educational, and promotional support to the growing worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups.

If you would like to find out more about INETA UK and Ireland or are interested in becoming an INETA UK and Ireland speaker then please contact Richard Costall  (

Providing Speakers to User Groups  
INETA maintains a Speakers Bureau of top-rated speakers who can speak at user group meetings across Europe. User Group managers can go to the Speakers Bureau tab on the INETA site and complete a form to request a speaker. The following INETA Europe speakers are based in the UK:

Alex Homer
Alex spent most of his earlier working life as a technical salesman, and has had a love-hate relationship with computers that goes way back to the Sinclair Z80 and the Oric Atmos. In 1996, he retired from his full-time work to concentrate on writing and developing in the fast-growing arena of the Web. This coincided with the release of Microsoft ASP 1.0, and since then he has been involved almost exclusively in that area. He has spoken at several Wrox conferences on a range of topics, plus ASPDevCon, the Microsoft Professional Developer Conferences (PDC) and the VS.NET Europe conference. In what spare time is left, he runs his own software and consultancy company Stonebroom Ltd. Some possible topics; Distributed ASP.NET Data Applications, Working with XML in ASP.NET, Maximizing Web Site Accessibility for Visitors with Disabilities, XQuery and XSLT, Supporting Mobile and Small Screen Devices in ASP.NET, XML Tutorial, Introduction to ASP.NET.

Dave Sussman
Dave Sussman spent the majority of his professional life as a developer, using both Unix and Microsoft based products. For the last five years he's been involved in Microsoft Web and database technologies, and has been actively involved in ASP.NET since before it's launch. He spends most of his time writing books for Wrox Press, speaking at conferences and playing with most beta products that Microsoft ship. Topics: ASP.NET, ADO.NET, ASP.NET Performance.

INETA UK and Ireland Regional Speakers  

INETA UK and Ireland also have a Regional Speakers bureau. These are speakers from the UK or Ireland who are recognised experts or experts in their technology.

Peter Blackburn

Peter has worked in the computer industry since 1981. He studied computer science at Cambridge University, England from where he holds an M.A. degree. Through his consulting company, Boost Data Limited, Peter has designed, built and implemented small and large-scale database systems including reporting systems based on SQL Server. He has contributed countless hours to the development and honing of Microsoft Reporting Services and remains directly involved with the development team and is a Microsoft MVP. He supports developers through newsgroups and beta programs, and trains teams of developers working with SQL Server and Reporting Services. Having worked closely with .NET since before the launch, Peter and Boost Data have ensured the technical accuracy of many leading .NET books. Peter lives in the United Kingdom and travels all over the world to consult, speak, and provide support for his fellow developers, fellow MVPs, his writing team, and Microsoft itself.

Jonathan Greensted
Jonathan is one of the co-founders of Sentient who have been providing Microsoft expertise for over 10 years. He was awarded the converted MVP .NET award in 2004 and is currently working on his first book entitled “Doing .NET properly”. Jonathan’s professional life is spent either talking about or writing software for FTSE 100 companies. He has the rare ability to be able to talk to both business and technical people in their own language and is often called to provide translation services.

Ian Griffiths
Ian is a freelance software developer and consultant. He specializes in digital imaging applications, mainly broadcast video and medical imaging systems. When not developing software, Ian works as an instructor and course author for DevelopMentor. Ian is also the co-author of two books: .NET Windows Forms in a Nutshell and Mastering Visual Studio .NET, both by O'Reilly. Ian is an MVP in C#.

Rob MacDonald
Rob has twenty years' experience in the software industry, and ten years as a trainer. For over three years, Rob has been an internal .NET trainer at Microsoft, where he has been responsible for writing and delivering .NET training courses for Microsoft engineers and consultants around the world, on topics ranging from introductory materials to enterprise architecture best practices. As principal, founder and curriculum manager for DevTrain, Rob combines his 'insider' .NET expertise and many years real world background as a programmer, system architect and project manager on both large and small software projects. Rob is also author of a number of books and many articles and presentations on .NET and related issues. Prior to working with .NET Rob spent nine years running a successful Windows based, client server and Web software house, and four years as an independent consultant and designer of large business application, an activity Rob now continues alongside his DevTrain commitments.

Benjamin Mitchell
Benjamin Mitchell is an independent contractor and a Microsoft Regional Director based in the UK. Having worked as a lead developer and architect on some of the largest internet sites in Australia he moved to London several years ago to be part of larger challenges. Recent engagements have involved helping global banking clients create web service security frameworks. He is passionate about improving development practices through agile methodologies and making the web easier to use for applications with web services. He has spoken frequently at user groups across the UK as well as TechEd San Diego and the upcoming TechEd Amsterdam. In almost 10 years of development experience he’s managed to pass 20 exams and holds MSCD, MCSE and SCJP certifications. He maintains a blog at

Graham Parker
Graham Parker is a co-founder and principal of Developer Training Solutions Ltd ( and spends his time consulting, developing and training. He is an MVP in Visual Basic, and has been developing using Visual Basic since 1993.Graham was a founding member of the UK Visual Basic User Group (VBUG) in 1994, and has held the role of Chairman of the group since 1997. He co-wrote the DevTrain Seminar 'A Managers Overview of .NET' and has been teaching the DevTrain Visual Basic.NET curriculum since it was first released in 2001. Graham is a frequent speaker at technical conferences and has presented on a number of different topics to diverse audiences including VBITS, VBUG, the Access User Group and the British Computer Society. In addition to working in the IT industry since 1985, Graham holds a BSc Honours degree in Applied Computer Systems from Brunel University.

Register your User Group as an INETA Member  
The International .NET Association (INETA) provides structured, peer-based organizational, educational, and promotional support to the growing worldwide community of Microsoft® .NET user groups. INETA's mission is to offer assistance and resources to community groups that promote and educate their membership in Microsoft's .NET technologies. INETA welcomes user groups or special interest groups from all facets of the .NET user community including developers, architects, project managers, and IT professionals.

Here are the requirements for an INETA User Group:

  • A significant .NET focus. The majority of meeting presentations should be relate to .NET (e.g. languages, .NET framework, Web Services etc.)
  • Be already established and have a consistent number of attendees.
  • Hold regular in-person meetings open to anyone. Regular means at least as frequently as bi-monthly. The meetings must be open to anyone interested in attending and not limited to members of an organization or company.
  • Have a user group website. This should provide information about meetings.
  • Make every effort to grow and expand the local .NET developer community.

These are the benefits that INETA provides

  • Access to speakers from the INETA Europe Speakers Bureau as well as the INETA UK and Ireland Speakers Registry
  • Listing on the INETA web site.
  • Quarterly User Group Kits that contain useful information, resources and give-aways for your User Group.
  • INETA on-line forums and content repository.

Find out more about becoming a member group including links to the User Group Membership application form

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