Our Team

All our trainers are SharePoint experts in their own right and must first be qualified to teach in our own World Education Alliance (WEA) Training Certification Program before delivering any of our courses.

We feel that it is important that all of the trainers and instructors can take their real-world experiences into the classroom, in order to ensure that they are well equipped to respond to any queries and questions which may be put their way, as well as give accurate and relevant guidance in the most appropriate methods to leverage the technology which SharePoint and its related tools provide.

Steve Smith

MVP, MCTS, MCITP - SharePoint
Instructor & Owner - Combined Knowledge Ltd

Steve is well travelled spending most of last 20 years travelling in the US and South Asia for the companies he owned and worked with including achieving his first qualification with Microsoft technologies on NT 4 and IIS 3 in New Delhi India in 1998 whilst based there for 3 years.

Although tinkering with computers since early Teenage years Steve has specialized with Microsoft's systems since 1996 and been involved in many Microsoft Beta programs including Windows 2000, Exchange 2000 and SharePoint. The last 8 years however has seen a majority of his time with SharePoint and running the Mindsharp and Combined Knowledge SharePoint courses in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, also helping many UK based companies with their SharePoint Implementations including the US Air Force, The Ministry of Defence and Several Blue chip companies. Steve is a Co Organiser of the UK SharePoint User Group www.suguk.org and Co Author of the SharePoint 2007 Administrators Companion from MS Press.

Russ Norton

Managing Director - 3grow

Russ has been delivering IT user training, development and consultancy on a wide variety of applications - including the Microsoft Office Suite, MS Project and Visio, the Adobe Suite, Lotus Smart Suite, to name but a few - since 2003, as well as having management and project management training and facilitation experience. Within this period, Russ has overseen large scale training roll-outs for the likes of Tourism Australia, and was heavily involved in the Elite End User Engagement training and exam on behalf of Microsoft New Zealand, amongst others.

Since 2007, Russ has begun to specialise in Microsoft SharePoint with our UK partner - Combined Knowledge - delivering the SharePoint Power End User courses, as well as SharePoint Designer, InfoPath, Project Server, Nintex Workflow and Nintex Reporting, and has also been involved in courseware writing for some of these classes.

Russ also presents regular sessions at SharePoint Saturday and SharePoint User Group events around Australia, just as he did back in the UK, and has also presented at the European SharePoint Best Practices Conference in London.

Patrick Harkins

MCTS, MCITP - SharePoint 

Patrick was the first person in New Zealand to be qualified as a trainer/mentor by Microsoft New Zealand to deliver IT Professional SharePoint 2010 Ignite training. He has over fourteen years' experience within the IT industry. Patrick has presented at Code Camps, SharePoint Saturday and the NZ SharePoint Conference.

Patrick works in both the local government and private sector organisations and in his previous role was seconded to Microsoft to work alongside the only Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint in New Zealand.

Patrick brings expertise, honesty and a communication style that is direct and clear into his training delivery. Patrick has skill and experience across many different areas, and this depth of knowledge gives him a well-rounded approach to teaching as well as a great all-round trusted advisor, not just a technical specialist.

Mark Orange

MVP - SharePoint

Mark is a one of three MVP’s in New Zealand, awarded for sharing his expertise within the global SharePoint community and for his active leadership within the New Zealand SharePoint user community.

He is one of the founders of the New Zealand and Australian SharePoint conferences and regularly presents at industry events such as TechED, User Groups, and Information Management Conferences.

Mark manages his time between training and consultancy focusing on information architecture strategy and design, user interface and adoption of SharePoint. His real-world consultancy enables him to see the ‘big picture’ in content management environments that provides real world context to his training.

Gary Yeoman



Gary provides consultancy, custom solutions,  training and mentoring on a range of products including SharePoint, BizTalk,  SQL Server, Web and .NET development. He has delivered the full range of  SharePoint 2007 and 2010 courses for Combined Knowledge and Mindsharp since 2005. Gary  has also spoken about SharePoint at a number of User Groups has contributed  courseware modules for both Microsoft and Mindsharp. He is currently writing  content for SharePoint 2013. Gary  strikes a balance between consultancy and training and has been instrumental in  implementing custom solutions using various technologies such as SharePoint,  InfoPath, Workflow, .NET, javascript and Umbraco. Custom solutions include:

  • Intranet branding and customisation
  • Document management and policies,
  • Records management including custom email routing and auditor control
  • Business Data Management and Reporting using custom workflows and PowerPivot reporting
  • Highly customised Search with custom refinements and links opening individual document pages

Gary has developed solutions for organisations such as Accenture, EasyJet, Cambridgeshire County Council and Capita including several charities.

Colin Gardner

BSc (Management Information Systems), MSc (Design of Information Systems)


Colin has been working with MS Office and SharePoint Technologies for many years and in a wide variety of roles including Project Manager, Solution Architect, Developer, Trainer and Business Analyst. Colin was a British Army officer for nearly 20 years and left the military to join NATO’s research and development labs in The Hague where he worked as a Principal Scientist for 7 years.

In 2010 Colin and his family migrated from Europe to Adelaide where he took an appointment with OBS as a Principal Consultant. In 2012 he founded his own company, Kaboodle Software, which provides consultancy for businesses local to Adelaide and SharePoint solutions for companies all over the world. Colin is a co-founder of the Adelaide O365 User Group and is a regular speaker at SharePoint and O365 events.