The Team

The Business Leaders Network – where technology and business meet

The BLN produces high quality networking events – from small CEO dinners through to summits for 500 or so people – the movers and shakers in the technology sector. We bring together disruptive entrepreneurs and senior executives, active investors and big-budget buyers to meet, talk and do business in a fun and informative environment.

By being the place where technology and business meet, BLN also produces widely read content about management, emerging trends and running a sustainable profitable business whilst staying sane. We love startups but most of the businesses that come to our events are well on the way to growing up. We think the leaders of businesses that have scaled beyond their startup phase need a thoughtful place to share ideas and meet companies that they can do business with. That’s The BLN.

Our customers love us and we love what we do. Here are just some of the events we run in Cambridge, London and Boston, MA: Making it Mobile, Business of Software, Growth Forum, CEO Tales.

The team at the BLN is small but perfectly formed, however we’re always interested in hearing from brilliant people who can help us achieve our goal of being the place where ambitious, disruptive, technology entrepreneurs meet great people who can help them achieve their aims. Contact hermione@thebln.com for more details of our current vacancies.

Mark Littlewood

Mark Littlewood

Mark has been involved in the technology ecosystem for over 15 years and is the founder of The Business Leaders Network, an organization that runs award-winning, high-quality, networking events and conferences for investors, entrepreneurs and corporates in London, Cambridge and Boston Ma. He is one of the best connected people in the UK technology scene.

Prior to 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

Hermione Crease

Hermione is head of the Department of Loud Shouting (AKA marketing) introducing new quality people to the BLN’s events by raising our profile in the high tech community. Before she joined the BLN she spent 14 years marketing Sentec, a fast growing cleantech company, which left her with a lasting affection for engineers and fascination with entrepreneurship. She has a degree from Cambridge University (Sidney Sussex college).

Outside The BLN, Hermione spends most of her time wrangling small children, running, blogging and lying in the garden ignoring the weeds.

Emi Gibson

Emi works on the logistics for our Events as well as helping Hermione with Marketing. Emi’s background is Financial Services (where she used to do customer insight and market research) but she made a break into the world of Software and Events! She has a degree in Economics and Social Studies from the University of Manchester.