UK Local Chapter
The iMasons UK Chapter was launched in London in April 2018
The initial UK local chapter meeting was structured as a Think Tank in order to obtain input on local chapter activity.
Think Tank 1 focused on identifying and documenting a “Job Ladder” and which specific skills are most urgently required.
Think Tank 2 focused on the Future of the UK Local Chapter – What should the UK iMasons Chapter look like?
- This was a lively discussion with all attendees agreeing that they would be keen to participate and support the iM UK Local Chapter.
- iM Local Chapters should work with other groups – such as techUK. Emma Fryer from techUK said she would be pleased to work with iMasons and would appreciate the support and output from the working groups – particularly when the issue coincides with techUK agenda.
Other UK Chapter meetings and Events
Google Student Tour – 08 June, 2018
A tour was organized for undergraduates from The University of Reno (UNR), who were visiting London to study International Business.
IM Women Meeting followed by Connections and Cocktails – London – 04 November, 2018
IM Women aims to increase diversity, specifically, the number of women pursuing careers in technical infrastructure and data centers, and to increase the visibility and the career advancement of women currently working in technical infrastructure and data centers.
The EMEA IM Women group held a strategy meeting on November 4th from 15:00-17:00 at Facebook in London followed by Connecting over Cocktails. The 2nd photo was taken at the iM D&I 2019 Diversity Champion Award fund raising dinner held in London.
IM Leadership Summit – London – 06 November, 2018
The fourth Infrastructure Masons Leadership Summit was held in conjunction with DCD London on November 6th, from 14:00 – 17:00. Attendees participated in discussions about challenges our members are tackling and where the industry is heading. As with past events, this session provided a great opportunity for all attendees to connect, grow and give back.
Global Member Summit – London – 06 November, 2019
The Global Member Summit featured two primary agenda items:
- End User Summit Read Outs – In October 2019 iMasons convened a group of senior end-user leaders to engage in group discussions on top of mind issues across four parallel tracks in the areas of Data Center, Hardware, Network, and Infrastructure Management.
The Global Summit session was the 1st public readout from the End User Summit.
- Why the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) are important to the Digital Infrastructure Industry – and how iMasons will directly help the industry deliver these goals
Sustainability is a key part of iM Mission and now the United Nations is calling on companies to play their role in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Attendees learned more about the UN SDGs and how iMasons can help the Digital Infrastructure industry leverage SDGs to drive sustainability and become a powerful employee engagement opportunity.
Digital Infrastructure is part of the sustainability challenge, and the solution.
Member Drinks – London – 05 November, 2019
The mission of iMasons is to Unite the Builders of the Digital Age by creating the platform for members to connect, grow and give back. To provide members with additional opportunity for connection and networking, iMasons host regular informal get togethers.
Food for Thought – London, UK – 20 February, 2020
Attendees at the London Food for Thought dinner were able to connect, grow, and give back at our February 20th event.
Food for Thought dinners provide a forum for members to connect and engage in meaningful discussion with their industry peers. Attendees are invited to ‘leave your company at the door’ and take advantage of the opportunity to build new connections, gain new knowledge, and generate contributions to the iMasons scholarship fund. Thanks to Green Mountain for hosting this event and a $5k donation to the iM Scholarship Fund.
We’re always looking for new recruits!
UK Local Chapter Lead – Paul Finch
Paul Finch is interim CEO and COO at Kao Data, providing strategic direction and oversight to the company, and policy level leadership to the European and North American data centre industries. Named by Data Economy as one of the “Top Influencers in Data Centres, Cloud and Data”, Paul is a globally respected data centre thought-leader.
During his 30-year career, Paul has played key roles at Fortune 500 corporations and publicly traded REIT’s including CBRE and Digital Realty Trust, as well as an early career in engineering consultancy, advisory and project management. In total, he has overseen the creation and execution of global developments exceeding £1.0bn in capital deployment and supporting over 200MW of technical space.
Paul is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers, Voting Executive committee member of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 9.9 (2014-2018) and a TechUK Technical Committee Member. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Building Services Engineering, a PgDip in Engineering Management and is a graduate of the General Management Programme at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.
Thanks to iMasons Capital Partner and Nordics Chapter Founder Partner
How to get involved
Any iMason Member can join any Chapter – to join the UK Chapter please click on this LINK
If you’re not an iM Member – then we’d love to have you as part of our community – please click on this LINK ($99 annual)