We are a small, but perfectly formed, team:
Variously described as ‘a world leader in connecting people’ and ‘the one in the terrible shirt’ Mark is the founder of the BLN and one of the best connected people in the UK tech scene.
He has spent 20 years in the tech sector collecting great people and ideas and connecting them to customers. Before the BLN, he was part of the founding team at Library House, an investment research business based in Cambridge serving the global venture capital & banking communities. He led the business development activities for the organisation & built a network of angels, early stage, venture & corporate investors.
Previously, he has worked with university spin outs; run a 40 person consultancy business; & founded a web portal for the CAD community. Mark has worked in the publishing and information sectors & attended Trinity College, Cambridge. He tweets at @marklittlewood
Joe is the self proclaimed Head of Marketing at The BLN after a steep rise from Marketing Executive to Marketing Manager to his current position over a two month period.
Joe is a graduate of Durham University and spent a few months in SAP Consultancy before deciding to ‘follow his passion’into marketing. He now channels his inner puppy by enthusiastically doing anything he can to get the word out about The BLN’s conferences.
When not resembling an all powerful puppy, he spends his time training for ill-informed triathlons, playing football, and cleaning his house under strict instruction from his girlfriend. Joe tweets from @josepheglover.
Tanya has almost 10 years experience of organising other people. From arranging meetings, events and travel, looking after diaries, building state of the art filing systems to (most importantly) making sure no one runs out of tea. Tanya will now spend her working days making sure the BLN office runs even more efficiently (unbelievable, we know) and keeping the team in check.
When Tanya is not assisting us here at the BLN she mostly spends her time taking selfies with her Bichon Frise, pretending to be an Arsenal fan like her boyfriend and trying to convince herself she really should put the chocolate away and go for a run. Tanya tweets from @tbobbie
Wendi Labbie is the main reason California is so sunny. Her smile energy and enthusiasm are infectious but behind that welcoming smile is a heart of gold and a brain that was wired to organise anything. Wendi earned her degree at California State University, Hayward in Human Development and frequently calls on what she learned in this time in her interactions with the rest of the team. She knows when we are happy, she knows when we are sad and she always knows how to help. She has worked in the Hospitality Industry for most of her career and has handled all of the logistical aspects of the Business of Software Conference for the past 8 years. If you need contract negotiations, registration, menus, hotel accommodations, AV and any part of the operations, Wendi is your go to person. You don’t ever want to be negotiating with her if you are a venue as she will simply smile and talk her way round to her point of view.
When Wendi is not planning our events she is spending time with her husband and two grown sons, shopping for the hottest new trends and cheering for her favorite sports teams – The San Francisco Giants, the 49ers, and of course the War Hawks at McMurray University for whom her son plays.
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