Who we are

Oxford Computer Training is part of the Oxford Computer Group family, a global specialist in identity, access and enterprise mobility.

We work with organizations of all sizes and sectors in Europe and North America. That gives our consultants, who are also our trainers, real-world experience of using the products they’re teaching. We know the tips and tricks and we’ll teach them to you.

We have a close and productive relationship with Microsoft. We advise and influence product development and find out about the latest technologies long before they’re on the market.

Since 2002, we have trained more than 7,000 IT professionals in six continents.

Discover what our customers say about their training with us.

OCG Learning team
L to R: Moth, Hugh, Julie, Kathryn, Steve, Andi, Mark, Susanna, Paul and Jane

We have teams in UK, (pictured), North America, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria, but we can be anywhere you want us to be.

Our instructors have recently taught in the UK, Germany, North America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Scandinavia. And students from all over the world join us in our classrooms, either physically or virtually – live over the internet, or online self-paced.

History

We have a long and proud pedigree.

Oxford Computer Group began as a training company in 1983 in Oxford, England. It soon grew to teaching IT professionals a whole range of technologies. And we’ve been doing it ever since.

Since 2002 we have focused predominantly on Microsoft identity and access products.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0291.Hugh Simpson-Wells, founder and chief executive of OCG, pictured right, says:

“Personal computers were virtually unknown in those days. Businesses were only just waking up to the potential and power of IT within their organizations. To us it was very clear that IT would change entirely how business works and how we communicate with one another.

“So we began by teaching some basic coding to kids. Now we teach some of the most complex technologies, giving people the power to link disparate systems across global enterprises and do business better and smarter, and communicate more effectively.”

Reputation

If you’re looking for the world’s finest training in Microsoft identity and access technologies, then you’ve just found it.

Our reputation is based on exceptionally positive feedback from our customers and who include Microsoft themselves and our competitors. We were commissioned by Microsoft to write the Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) training courses and have since written the definitive MIM courses.

Consistently winning awards!

We were Microsoft Partner of the Year winner in 1991, 1993, 2000, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 (three years in a row!)  and 2018, and finalists in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016.

Our people

Hugh Simpson Wells OCG
Hugh Simpson-Wells - Founder, CEO and trainer

Hugh Simpson-Wells - Founder, CEO and trainer

Hugh has lived and breathed IT for more than 30 years in technical, management and board level roles. In 2002 Hugh decided to focus OCG’s activities entirely on identity and access. Hugh has been described as “a guy that everyone just wants to be around.” The loyalty of his staff and colleagues over three decades bears this out. Hugh still loves to teach and can regularly be found in the classroom.

Hugh bakes some of the world’s most delicious chocolate cakes, enjoys making and fixing things, and likes to listen to progressive rock.

Paul Captainino OCG Learning
Paul Captainino - Trainer and consultant

Paul Captainino - Trainer and consultant

Paul often works on consulting projects alone and enjoys using his skills to get stuck in to solving a whole variety of customers’ problems. When he’s teaching, he shares all this detailed knowledge and experience with his students, who – almost without exception – rave about his presentation skills in conveying some very tricky technical concepts.

Paul loves cycling and when he’s teaching in far-flung corners of the world, he usually takes his bike with him. Paul is fuelled by tea and chocolate biscuits (cookies).

James Cowling - Chief Technical Officer

James Cowling - Chief Technical Officer

James has more than 25 years’ experience in IT consulting and management. He has a deep knowledge of the Microsoft identity and access stack as it has evloved over time, and a passion for all new technology. A co-founder of OCG, James co-wrote the training courses for MIIS, ILM and FIM. He has been involved in many complex implementations of these products, some involving more than 150,000 users. He lives in Germany with his wife, three sons and an office full of hardware that he can’t bring himself to part with.

Andi Sheeka OCG Learning
Andi Sheeka - Technical architect and trainer

Andi Sheeka - Technical architect and trainer

As our technical architect, Andi ensures our corporate infrastructure is working smoothly, efficiently and securely. She has long experience as a trainer, course writer, and as a consultant. She knows about enterprise architecture, system deployment, identity management, AD, MIM/FIM, cloud, Azure, and how everything connects.

In her so-called spare time, Andi’s currently building herself a new house. She loves to tend to her small flock of chickens and ducks. Andi says: “I’m not as boring as this makes me sound!”

Julie Buckley OCG Learning
Julie Buckley - Administrator

Julie Buckley - Administrator

Julie has arranged, organized and co-ordinated the work of OCG and OCG Learning since she was just 18 years old. When she’s not making sure everything is running like clockwork at OCG, you’ll find her out and about with her family sailing, fishing and sheltering from the British weather from the comfort of her camper van.

Steve Mitchell OCG Learning
Steve Mitchell - Technical director

Steve Mitchell - Technical director

Steve has worked in IT since his early teens in the 1970s when he helped University of Oxford professors develop biology tracking applications. For the last 45 years he has worked with a wide range of technology; developing encryption and network devices, getting patents for clients, and more recently developing most of the tools used by Oxford Computer Group, and providing identity consulting. Steve is one of the founders of Oxford Computer Group.

Mark Forbes - OCG Learning Training Manager
Mark Forbes - Sales Manager

Mark Forbes - Sales Manager

Mark works closely with our customers ensuring that people all over the world who need our specialist training get the right course in the right place at the right time. He’s one of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet – which we think is a vital characteristic for a sales person.

Mark is a Coventry City Football Club supporter. (For US readers, that’s soccer). To overcome this source of perpetual disappointment, Mark delights in his wonderful family which has recently grown again with the acquisition of a cute but bonkers dog called Dylan, and his first grandson.

Jane Tomlinson OCG
Jane Tomlinson - Worldwide Marketing Co-Ordinator

Jane Tomlinson - Worldwide Marketing Co-Ordinator

Jane co-ordinates the marketing for OCG Learning as well as helping Oxford Computer Group in the US with theirs. She writes blogs and emails, manages the social media channels, and is our webmistress – so any typos or errors you spot here are entirely her responsibility.

When not co-ordinating our marketing, Jane is an award-winning artist and illustrator, with a passion for quirky cartography, bio-geography, birds, Shakespeare and van Gogh. Check out her paintings on her website.

Moth Clark - Course and communications administrator

Moth Clark - Course and communications administrator

Moth is our ‘Man Friday’ tackling a range of tasks from general marketing and communications, to proofing, editing and testing course materials, and whatever else needs attention. He stands up our students’ virtual machines, supports online students and ensures all our students have everything they need to successfully complete their courses. He spent 27 years as a civil servant, including many years on the front line of customer service – so nothing can test his patience. He is, he says, a ‘professional pedant’ – valuable skills, we think.

When not chained to his desk, Moth escapes to the woods (or the fields, mountains, hills, moors or beaches) to seek out and photograph the natural world. His wildlife photography is truly exceptional. Take a look at his photos on Twitter.  His name, by the way, is short for Timothy.

Susanna Lob - Marketing Consultant

Susanna Lob - Marketing Consultant

After 20+ years specialising in sales and marketing for academic, professional and digital publishers, Susanna was attracted to the bright lights of technical training, and she has been our Marketing Consultant since 2015.

Her energy and myriad ideas guide and feed our multi-channel approach to marketing strategy and campaigns. And her “eagle-eyed pedantry” is, we think, a tremendous boon for content marketing.

Susanna loves to spend time in France, and especially enjoys walking and kayaking in the spectacularly beautiful Haut-Languedoc. She is currently trying (and failing) to master French. “If only learning French was as easy as learning tech-talk,” elle dit.

Kathryn Bailey - Finance Manager

Kathryn Bailey - Finance Manager

Kathryn looks after our accounts and all our financial matters. She has been doing this for longer than she would care to admit.

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