BLN CFO Breakfast Brainstorm

Our next BLN CFO Breakfast Brainstorm will be held on 8th July from 8.00 am at the Trinity Centre, Cambridge Science Park.

The BLN CFO Breakfast Brainstorm is a high-level peer-to-peer discussion forum for individuals leading the finance function in some of the region’s most admired companies. We expect approximately 20 attendees, comprising successful CFOs and rising stars will attend under the Chatham House Rule. The programme exists to help CFOs  network, learn from each other, share best practice and advance the role of the CFO in high growth companies in a relaxed, entertaining and facilitated environment.

The BLN CFO Breakfast Brainstorms have already included some of the most experienced public and private company CFOs and FDs in the region. Attendees at our two most recent events include Domino, nCipher, Plastic Logic, AlertMe, Nujira, Zeus, Xaar and Amino Telecommunications and other rising stars.

This event will feature, following requests from previous attendees, a guest speaker, Alex van Someren. Alex will share some of his thoughts on the characteristics of the best CFOs and how they can manage their CEOs effectively.

Alex van Someren, serial entrepreneur and guest speaker

Alex van Someren, serial entrepreneur and guest speaker

Alex is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded ANT Ltd, now ANT plc, in 1990 to produce networking products including Web Browser software later licensed to the Oracle Corporation. ANT plc was listed on the London AIM market in 2005 and is now positioned in the embedded software market for IPTV.

In 1996 he co-founded nCipher with venture capital backing to develop internet security products using cryptography. nCipher plc was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 and counted major banking, finance and government among its customers around the world. It was sold to Thales SA in 2008 and returned more than £150 million to shareholders.

Alex lives in Cambridge with his wife and three children, where he is an active member of the local entrepreneurial community. He is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

The BLN CFO Breakfast Brainstorms have been greeted by CFOs as a welcome and much needed initiative to facilitate the development of the strategic finance function in organisations – as well as offering a nice breakfast and a chance to meet fellow finance professionals.

Attendance at this event is free to qualified CFOs and FDs. For further information please contact us at:


Feedback from previous events:

“Excellent event organised to create a relaxed and friendly environment. Good lively and thought provoking discussions on range of topics that affect the daily life of  today’s CFO.” CFO, Antenova

“A very informative and useful event.  I found it interesting to hear the latest views of industry heavyweights, and make a couple of direct contacts with potential future business partners.” MD, eBay UK

“The BLN CFO meetings are a great forum for CFOs to exchange ideas on critical challenges affecting their companies. Mark Littlewood seamlessly facilitates the very constructive and stimulating discussions that actively engages all the participants.” CFO, Ubisense

“Exceptionally well moderated – a knack for managing discussion towards issues of real interest.” CFO, AlertMe

BDO logo