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Last week we introduced Keiron to the Community Corner just before Umbraco UK Festival kicked off and this week I'd like to introduce one of the co-orgnisers of the event. Last week was amazing, 2 days in London with the Umbraco Community and the event was fantastic. Everything went smoothly and everyone had a great time. 

If you haven't been to an Umbraco event, clear your calendar for next year and make sure you get to at least one. I've been very lucky this year because I got the chance to go to CodeGarden and Umbraco UK Festival and both events were epic! 

Without organisers like the newest member to Community Corner, these events wouldn't happen so please, put your hands together and give a massive Umbraco welcome to ......

Katie Archibald


Name: Katie Archibald

Occupation / Where do you work: Project Manager at Cogworks / Co-organiser of the Umbraco UK Festival

Twitter handle if you have one? @katiearchibald

Short introduction about you.

I’ve been working with Umbraco for almost 3 years at the Cogworks. I started off as a Content Editor and have since taken on the role as Digital Project Manager. I’m proud to say that I am Umbraco Fundamentals Certified (and would definitely recommend it to any PM’s out there looking to gain a bit more technical knowledge!) Over the past year I’ve engaged much more with the Umbraco community, mainly since Codegarden 2018, so it’s really nice to be writing for community corner.

On a personal level, it may come as a surprise to some, but I’m a keen horse rider and have been for over 15 years. I don’t get to do it so much living in London, but I still have 2 mini shetland ponies (who are only 32 inches tall) that live up with my parents in Lincolnshire. I’m also a big fan of 90s dance music and going to the pub (what can I say, I’m from Essex after all…)

How did you first hear about Umbraco?

Genuinely the first time I even heard the word ‘Umbraco’ was when a recruiter told me that I’d got an interview for the Cogworks - ‘a company that outsourced graphic designers for Umbraco’, which wasn’t the case at all, but fortunately I’d done my pre-interview prep and got the job!

But I really got to ‘know’ Umbraco when I attended my first Umbraco event; Codegarden 2017, diving straight in at the deep end, but I’m so glad I did and the following year was even better having already made some Umbraco friends the previous year.

What are you currently doing with Umbraco?

I’ve had an crazy busy couple of months organising the Umbraco UK Festival (which I’m pleased to say was a huge success and thank you to everyone who came!) I’m managing some really interesting projects, one of which is building a custom dashboard for an events management system which allows community members to create events without needing to access the CMS, but it all syncs up with Umbraco!

When I say 'Umbraco Community' what first comes to mind?

A fun, supportive, friendly group of people. (Closely followed by beer, hammerschlagen and an upside down car - in that order)

Guilty pleasure? (Food? Tech? Music?)

Salt ‘n’ vinegar McCoys & The Vengaboys.

Favourite website that you couldn't live without? I can watch old Vengaboys music videos (and umbraCoffee of course!)

"Confession"? For example, confess your worst design (if it's a designer)

We created a Slack chatbot at work during a company retreat day and I was testing out the Slack auto-reply triggers. I forgot I’d set it to send a custom response when the word ’test’ was mentioned. So when a client messaged that their German office were experiencing some publishing issues and asked if we’d be able to test what was going on they were promptly met with the response: “Hey thanks for your message, we’re all at the pub right now we’ll get back to you soon!” - which didn’t look great...especially given that it was only 11:23 AM...

"Own it"? What's the best project you ever got to work on?

It’s got to be UK Fest! I feel so lucky to have been a part of organising it and seeing so many happy Umbracians and all the positive feedback makes it totally worth the blood, sweat and tears! Already started planning for next year (the big 1-0!)

Anything else you'd like to say?

Just thanks for inviting me to write a post and cheers to Nik Rimington (@HotChilliCode) for the nomination! (Oh and one last thing I’d like to add, bowls definitely do go on top...)

About the author



Owain is an Umbraco MVP, an Umbraco certified master and works on Umbraco projects on a daily basis. When not coding, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and building lego! 

He is also a GitKraken ambassador and helps look after the website.

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