Today, I have sent the following email to the .NET Cambridge community members. It was a tough decision, and I am full of emotions typing this. Still, I firmly believe the time has come for me to give other people the opportunity to lead, allowing me to focus my energy on new goals for my professional career and life. It’s been a blast! Please get in touch with me if you’re interested in leading the community forward.
After careful consideration and new life circumstances (I will be moving to a new town in the UK next year), I decided to step down as the leader of the .NET Cambridge community.
I want to thank Karl Gjertsen, Peter Gerrard, and Tugberk Ugurlu for their tremendous support over the past years. They helped me with the logistics of setting up in-person events and finding great speakers. I also want to thank my employer, Redgate Software, for providing the venue and covering all the costs for food and drinks. Thanks to all our sponsors for providing free licenses to give away and the .NET Foundation for covering the meetup costs.
I am incredibly proud of the community of 1300+ passionate .NET professionals that we have created over the past 7+ years and how we managed to continue running events throughout the entire pandemic.
I am impressed by how you all embraced the principles of inclusiveness, respect, and humility we outlined in our first meetup and how the group helped members to grow and develop.
The time has come for fresh leaders to step up and take the community to a new, even brighter future.
I want the community to continue to foster and thrive, so before I officially step down, I would love to appoint a new leader or leadership team and help them during the transition.
This is an incredible opportunity for new community leaders!!!
CALL TO ACTION:
If you are passionate about .NET, interested in becoming a Microsoft MVP, and committed to helping improve the .NET software community please reply to this email and let me know by the end of September 2022.
I’ll decide the next steps based on the number of people who put themselves forward.
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you for your trust and commitment to attending our community events in the past and I hope you will continue to do so in the future.
I wish you all the best in your careers and lives.
PS: Don’t get me wrong 🙂 I still love .NET, and I will continue to share news on C#, .NET, architecture, and engineering leadership on my social channels and Productive C#. I invite you to stay in touch and connect with me on LinkedIn.