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
Nicola is our Operations Executive and all-round office guru and is knowledgeable about all things BLN.
She brings a variety of skills and experience to the team having previously worked as an Operations/Office Manager. If you have any questions Nicola, being very resourceful, is the person to turn to. If she doesn’t know the answer immediately she will find out!
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.
Jamila arrived in Cambridge from France two years ago for a life adventure and never looked back. She worked as an au pair before getting into tech marketing. If we had to define her, we could say that she gets the best out of her double culture: French, she pays attention to details, looks for perfection in every task and remains stylish in every situation. Her Moroccan side brings her, warmth, ease to talk to people and a sense of hospitality. She is a chatty, smiling person who enjoys learning from people. @Jamila_Khalil
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