Speaking and Events

I enjoy attending & help run events along with public speaking & virtual meetups. Here is a brief summary of events I’ve help run, speak at and attended.

Feel free to reach out to me if you would like me to speak at an event, meetup etc.


Azure Spring Clean

What was Azure Spring Clean?


The idea of this event is to promote well managed Azure tenants. To achieve this, we have over twnety community driven articles that highlight best-practises, lessons learned, and help with some of the more difficult topics of Azure Management.

I helped to run this online event with Joe Carlyle – @wedoazure


Tales from the real world on DevOps

Cloud with Chris

Azure Back to School 2021


Azure Back to School is BACK in 2021. This year, we would like to make this a true event to educate the community as well as mentor new speaker involvement.

From Zero to GitOps with AKS – with Karl Cooke

Jonnychipz – In Conversation with Thomas Thornton and Karl Cooke

The Cloud Skills Show – Hybrid Cloud & Azure Migrate

Festive Tech Calendar – December 2020

Welcome to the #festivetechcalendar. This year we are aiming for something a bit different. We hope you enjoy and learn throughout the month of December as we bring you lots of new content from different communities and people around the globe.


Terraforming from zero to pipelines as code with Azure DevOps

DevOps Notts – October 2020


Presentation and demo:- Deploying Terraform via Azure DevOps with some awesome features!

Github for slides and code here

Azure Advent Calendar


Blog Post:- https://thomasthornton.cloud/2019/12/10/azure-virtual-machine-and-associated-storage-cost-saving-tips/
Youtube:- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJL9wCcmeMBbah4J0uOWIPg

Azure Back to School

This will be the location to find content for #AzureBacktoSchool. Content will be posted every day in September 2020 starting on the first. The event will conclude with a wrap up video on October 1, 2020.

Content is a mix of blog articles and/or videos that are provided by the contributors in the list below. Hyperlinks to each topic’s content will be updated each day. Contributors are also asked to post their contribution on social media (Twitter and LinkedIn, at minimum) with the link to this page (https://azurebacktoschool.tech) and the hashtag #AzureBacktoSchool.

Blog post:- https://thomasthornton.cloud/2020/09/22/deploying-terraform-from-develop-to-production-consecutively-using-azure-devops/

Belfast Azure User Group – Summer 2019

Blog Post:- https://thomasthornton.cloud/2019/08/22/azure-monitor-taking-the-logging-and-alerting-deployment-from-arm-to-powershell/


Events Attended:-

  • Microsoft Ignite 2019
  • Microsoft Ignite UK Tour 2019
  • Microsoft Future Decoded 2019
  • Microsoft Future Decoded 2018