Leadership Dinner

Our next Tech Leadership Dinner takes place in London on 19 June.

Our topic for the evening is Talent & Growth and we will be joined by a group of experts to play a part in discussion around the table including the VP Talent at Thought Machine; and VP People at Five AI & Talent Advisor to Kindred Capital’s portfolio founders.  The dinner will be attended by CEOs and other C-suite leaders of innovative growth technology companies.

The Leadership Dinner is organised and hosted by Bailey Fisher in partnership with Mills & Reeve and Grant Thornton.

Attendance is by invitation.  If you would like to find out more about future events, please contact Kerry Linsey.



Warren retired as CEO of ARM in 2013, and is credited with building the Cambridge firm into one of the world’s most successful technology companies.  Warren is on the boards of Dyson, Micron, BT & Rolls-Royce, was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list and has twice been named in Barron’s List of the World’s Top 30 CEOs (2011 & 2013).

A highly regarded entrepreneur, Stan has built two hugely successful technology businesses – Icera and Element 14 – to exit for a combined sale price of over $1billion. Prior to this, Stan was CEO of Acorn Group and a director of ARM. In 2013 Stan was appointed CEO of Neul, the Cambridge start up at the forefront of the Machine-to-Machine revolution.  He is now CEO of FiveAI.

Darrin is a life scientist who has been involved in the start-up and growth of many business ventures. In 2012, he was named Business Leader of the Year at the European Life Science Awards and in 2014 listed Horizon Discovery Group plc on the LSE AIM market, achieving a placement of $113 million, an all-time record for a life science company on AIM.

David Cleevely CBE. David is a serial entrepreneur, investor, Chairman & Non-exec director with many years of experience founding, growing and advising technology companies. David is Chairman of CRFS & Cambridge Wireless and Co-founder and former Chairman of Cambridge Angels. David spoke about ‘The importance of team building to achieve scale.’

William Reeve is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded LOVEFiLM.com (acquired by Amazon) and Secret Escapes.  An experienced Non-Executive Director, William has helped grow numerous other success stories, including Graze.com, Zoopla and Evi Technologies (acquired by Amazon). William is currently Co-CEO of Hubbub.co.uk.

Discussion over dinner will be chaired by Alan Wallace, Senior Investment Director at Octopus Investments.

This is the latest in a series of CEO Dinners organised by Bailey Fisher Executive Search.  Attendance at this event is by invitation.  CEOs interested in finding out more about future events, please contact Joe Graziano or Toby Young, Technology Partners at Bailey Fisher Executive Search.

This event is sponsored by:

Alex works closely with the VC community and venture backed companies and leverages Silicon Valley Bank’s global network to help early and growth-stage businesses succeed. Alex has over 20 years’ experience financing technology companies at all stages of growth, and prior to joining Silicon Valley Bank, was an Investment Manager at TTP Ventures.

Formerly Chief Executive of LOVEFiLM, Simon Calver is heading up Business Growth Fund’s new £200m fund dedicated to earlier stage UK technology companies. BGF is an independent company backed by five of the UK’s main banking groups – Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered – with up to £2.5bn to make long-term equity investments in UK growth companies. During his seven year tenure at the helm of LOVEFiLM, Simon grew the company from a series of small start-ups into a multi-million pound enterprise before negotiating the successful sale of the business to Amazon. He went on to become Chief Executive of Mothercare plc, kick-starting the turnaround plan to improve profitability and growth in the UK and accelerating international expansion.

Richard is an investor, director and adviser to growth businesses.  Richard played a leading role in the growth of SwiftKey, firstly as CFO and then as Executive Chairman, leading the investment rounds and subsequently working with the founders, executive team, board and shareholders on the acquisition by Microsoft in 2016.

Andrew joined Cambridge Innovation Capital from True North Venture Partners in Chicago where he was a partner in its $300m venture fund.  Previously he spent ten years leading materials science and semiconductor research in US government research laboratories, followed by managing director positions at Physic Ventures in San Francisco and MalibuIQ in Los Angeles.