I work at the University of Wolverhampton as Oracle Professor in Database Technology and have been active within the Oracle environment for the last 25 years, being a director of the UK Oracle User Group and speaking regularly at international conferences since 1991. I have also participated in the SQL Standards ISO group. In November 2002, I was selected as ‘DBA of the Year’ by Oracle Corporation. This worldwide award was given in recognition of the contribution to the Oracle user community and work on innovative Oracle Server projects. I became an Oracle ACE Director in 2009 and have OCP in Oracle 7,8,9,10. I now work as an Oracle trainer and consultant but in a previous life I was a professional photographer and a chemist.