BLN

The Business Leaders Network

Meet the Team

The people behind BLN events

We are a small, but perfectly formed, team:

Mark Littlewood, CEO

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 30 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.

 

Paddy Heaton, Marketing Manager

Paddy LI PicVariously described as ‘working at BoS’ and ‘a bit sarcastic’, Paddy has never founded a company but has a friend who worked for Facebook for a bit.

Paddy started working at Business of Software 5 days before BoS USA 2017 and was the only person at the Conference who didn’t know what SaaS meant. He’s brushed up on his vocab now and heads up our Marketing efforts.

Previously Paddy worked as a Worship Leader at a Church in Cambridge where he led a team of 40 volunteers. When not at BoS you’ll find him making music and exploring rural Cambridgeshire.

 

Ed Grundy, Partnerships Manager

Drawing a wide range of client feedback from “Couldn’t have been more helpful” to “Is there a way to stop him talking?” Ed enthusiastically heads up the sponsorship side of things at BoS Towers.

With close to 1 million years event experience and now near total hair pigment loss, Ed is prone to exaggerating his age but has thankfully stopped dying his hair.

He has never been to the gym.

 

Jo Littlewood, Events Manager

Jo LittlewoodJo is Event Manager for all our events which she combines with her role as Office Manager. She works closely with our venues, hotels, suppliers, speakers and attendees to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Previously Jo spent 25 years working in theatre as a set designer. Somehow Mark managed to persuade her to swap model-making and press nights for bag-stuffing and VAT returns.

Jo hasn’t regretted it.

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