Silicon Valley Comes to the UK 2016

Bailey Fisher Executive Search was delighted to partner with Silicon Valley Comes the UK again to present the 2016 Cambridge events, bringing together international serial entrepreneurs with CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs and investors from the Cambridge ecosystem and wider UK technology sector.

SVC2UK Cambridge took place on 1 & 2 November 2016, commencing with “Artificial Intelligence: Impact on Industries by 2026”, on 1 November from 5.00pm – 6.30pm in the Debating Chamber at the Cambridge Union Society.

AI experts from the UK took to the stage alongside leading international entrepreneurs to offer a transatlantic perspective on the industries that will be transformed the most by artificial intelligence over the next 10 years. Guest speakers included:

  • Blaise Aguera y Arcas – Machine Intelligence at Google
  • Steven Abrams – VP at IBM Watson
  • Andrew Blake – Director of the Alan Turing Institute
  • Chris Bishop – Director of Microsoft Research UK
  • Brian Forde – Director of Digital Currency at MIT Media Labs
  • Jackie Hunter – CEO of Benevolent Bio
  • Rose Luckin – Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab
  • David Cleevely – Serial entrepreneur, investor and adviser
  • Moderator: David Rowan – Editor of WIRED UK

This event was followed by dinner for 100 invited guests, and business breakfast roundtables the following morning for 35 founders, serial entrepreneurs, investors and academics on Scaling AI in the UK.

The Cambridge events formed part of a larger programme of SVC2UK 10th anniversary events taking place across London, Cambridge and Manchester.


An event for 400 CEOs, business leaders, academics and entrepreneurial students. Guest speakers included serial edtech entrepreneur John Katzman; internet marketing expert Hillary Mickell; surgical robotics inventor Catherine Mohr; entrepreneur, gamer and computer scientist Rahul Vohra; consumer electronics visionary Corinne Vigreux and physician-scientist at the cutting edge of healthcare Daniel Kraft.

In 2014, Sherry Coutu’s ‘Scale Up’ report was published, highlighting recommendations for cities, governments, entrepreneurs, corporates and academia on how to support a greater number of scale ups in the UK. This event embraced the topic for our Cambridge community by hearing from entrepreneurs who have scaled up their own businesses and could share their thinking on the ground breaking technologies that will help shape the next wave of scale ups.

This year’s Cambridge event was organised by Bailey Fisher Executive Search and presented in partnership with Cambridge University Press, Barclays and Google for Entrepreneurs. The event formed part of the larger SVC2UK programme taking place across London, Cambridge and Manchester that was led by London & Partners.

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Bailey Fisher Executive Search partnered with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK to host the SVC2UK 2015 Cambridge Dinner at Queens’ College, bringing together top CEOs, founders and investors from the Cambridge entrepreneurial ecosystem and wider UK tech sector with leading US serial entrepreneurs.

Guest speakers included Dan Sandhu, CEO of Digital Assess; Emily Orton, Marketing Director of Darktrace; Goncalo de Vasconcelos, CEO of Syndicate Room and Emily Mackay, Founder & CEO of Crowdsurfer.  This event formed part of a larger series of SVC2UK events taking place across Cambridge, London and Manchester.


Bailey Fisher Executive Search partnered with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK to present the SVC2UK London HealthTech Summit: Patients and Doctors in 2025.

How will health technologies impact patients, doctors and healthcare systems in the next 10 years?

Through a series of short talks and discussion panels, we heard from leading Silicon Valley and UK entrepreneurs, investors and NHS leadership about disruptive technologies that are available now and how healthcare systems can adapt to accelerate adoption of these in the next 10 years.

Speakers included:

Daniel Kraft – Singularity University Faculty chair for the Medicine and Exponential Medicine program

Will Cavendish – Director General of Innovation, Growth and Technology

Catherine Mohr – Intuitive Surgical, VP Medical Research

Ali Parsa Babylon – CEO and Co-Founder

Aliza Marogy – Patient, Nutritionist and Founder of Foodoo

Andrew Thompson – Proteus Digital Health, CEO and Co-Founder

Vijay Pillai – Oracle, Director of Health Sciences Strategy

Vishal Gulati – DFJ Esprit, Investing Partner

Francois de Bodinat

Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted ZeroLight with the appointment of Francois de Bodinat as CMO.

ZeroLight is the world’s most advanced car configurator solution, creating engaging configurators using real-time 3D visualisation to drive a live, interactive scene of the car. Incorporated in 2014, ZeroLight lists Audi, Jaguar Land Rover, Pagani, IBM and Samsung amongst its clients and partners.  ZeroLight was recently nominated for the Financial Times Boldness in Business Awards 2016, and has already picked up numerous awards for innovation.

To support rapid expansion, ZeroLight was looking to identify a CMO to take the message about the company’s game-changing technology to market.   Bailey Fisher Executive Search was engaged to manage the search, resulting in the successful appointment of Francois de Bodinat.

Francois brings extensive experience of marketing, business development, product management and start up venture internationally, following leadership roles in Europe, Japan and the US. Immediately prior to joining ZeroLight Francois was Senior Marketing Manager at Amazon.