The president of the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) has announced a joint venture with Oracle to enlist C-level executives and encourage new members.

David Warburton-Broadhurst revealed earlier this year that he was hoping to boost the number of C-level members in the User Group in a bid to increase influence with Oracle.

News of the joint venture follows a separate announcement from Oracle last week, where it said that it was launching an initiative to boost global User Group numbers. Warburton-Broadhurst has also previously said that membership numbers in the UK have been shrinking in recent years.

However, speaking to Computerworld UK he said that he had since met with Dermot O'Kelly, SVP and country leader for Oracle in the UK, who agreed to sponsoring events focused on C-level issues.

"We met with O'Kelly in June and we have also since met with his management team. We went through with them all the activity that is happening in our 12 month calendar e.g. the technical conference in Manchester in December, the applications conference happening in London in October, etc.," said Warburton-Broadhurst.

"There are now C-level initiatives that we are looking at planning and running - Oracle were interested in supporting some of this activity. We already have support from them for the technical and application conferences."

He added: "We haven't agreed the detail, but we've agreed to do it. We are now talking about the agenda and structure. I suspect it will be early next year before we are able to put that together."

Warburton-Broadhurst was also positive about the prospective of increasing membership numbers in the future, claiming that Oracle's support will entice users.

He said: "With the noises that Oracle has made and with the recent Oracle initiative announcement, I can only see us increasing our membership more."