We are proud to reveal that Trustmarque’s stellar Principal Consultant for Office 365, Paul Hunt has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status for the fourth time.
Each year, Microsoft awards this highly sought-after title to its most outstanding community leaders in recognition of their contribution to the Microsoft community and the deep expertise they bring to the sector.
Fewer than 300 IT professionals in the UK are recognised as an MVP each year and Paul is one of just 28 UK professionals with MVP status specifically for Office Apps and Services.
As Business Productivity Lead at Trustmarque, Paul Hunt is responsible for the team that delivers Microsoft Office 365 productivity solutions such as Teams, Skype, Exchange, Outlook and SharePoint and is passionate about supporting customers with their Office 365 adoption.
“I’ve been involved in the Microsoft community now for over 12 years as both a consumer of knowledge and an evangelist and passionate believer in the Microsoft product suite,” comments Paul. “To be re-awarded as an MVP again helps me gain great insight into Microsoft’s future plans with the Office Suite and gives me access to feedback on the products, including the good and the occasional bad feedback from client engagements around certain products.”
Being an MVP since 2016 has greatly benefited Paul in his role at Trustmarque, providing him with a richer understanding of the various Microsoft tools available both to customers and his colleagues.
“This knowledge means I can help customers to deploy Microsoft 365 sensibly in their organisations and ensure better adoption of the products within their business. It also ensures that I can best steer my own team in their pursuit of knowledge, to nurture a strong consultancy capability that focuses on enabling client adoption and outcomes,” he added.
What does it take to be a Microsoft MVP?
MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 regions who passionately share their knowledge with the community via active participation in both physical and online engagements.
The Microsoft MVP website states: ‘Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real world problems.’
According to Brian Harry, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Developer Division, the MVP award is about recognising the incredible impact of these community leaders and providing a channel to celebrate talent, honour valuable contribution and – most importantly – to say thank you.
“We could not be successful without such an incredibly valuable and engaged group of people working for us,” he told Microsoft.
Paul’s vital role as a Microsoft MVP
Paul was first recognised as an MVP in 2016 for his work in the SharePoint Community. Since then, he has continued to run the London & SE – SharePoint and Office 365 User Group and he also runs the combined SharePoint and SQL Saturday event in Cambridge each year.
Paul is also a keen speaker and thought leader and is often seen presenting at conferences around Europe. So far in 2019, he has represented Microsoft at the Ignite Tour in London and the European Collaboration Summit in Germany.
Later this year he will be presenting at SharePoint Saturdays in Zurich (August), Helsinki (September), Belgium (October) and Leicester, UK (November). Paul will also be speaking at the Office 365 Connect Conference in Amsterdam (October) and the Thrive Conference in Slovenia (November).
Additional industry accolades
In December last year we also announced that Paul was named a Top 25 SharePoint Influencer 2018 by Harmon.IE. You can read the previous interview with Paul and gain his insider tips on SharePoint here.
The brightest minds in the business
Such prestigious industry recognition of our team members is testament to Trustmarque’s commitment to attracting and nurturing the best talent in the industry. As a business we’re passionate about diversifying and developing our skills both at an individual and an organisational level so that we can help our customers overcome complex IT challenges and continuously liberate the value they get from IT.
By Katherine Murphy, content enthusiast