The Business Leaders Network

Meet the Team

The people behind BLN events

The BLN was formed in 2007 as a counterblast to the plague of expensive and unproductive networking events targeting the tech sector. We want to serve one customer – delegates – giving them the best environment to meet their peers, exchange ideas and establish useful relationships.

We are a small, but perfectly formed, team:

Mark Littlewood

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

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 (readers, she married one) 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. She tweets @hermionec, @the_bln and @bosconference.

Emi Gibson

If you have your name on your badge, good wine in your glass and somewhere to sit at our events, you should be thanking Emi, our events manager. We ‘rescued’ her from a perfectly decent career in market research for the financial services industry, where she worked inhouse at Standard Life and as a consulting analyst at Ignition House.

When not negotiating with venues, Emi runs a busy home with two small children and a regular Zumba habit. She dreams of getting more sleep.