Programme 2017

The Northern Tech Awards 2017: The Boiler Shop, Newcastle Upon Tyne

The Northern Tech Awards 2017 will be held on Thursday 30 March in The Boiler Shop, Newcastle Upon Tyne, to celebrate the fastest growing and most promising companies in the North. The event will be by invitation only to CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Digital Economy.

6:30pmRegistration and Drinks
7:30pmCall for Dinner
7:45pmWelcome – Hugh Campbell, Founder Managing Partner GP Bullhound
Keynote Speech – David Rowan, WIRED UK
8:00pmDinner and Top 50 Countdown
10:00pmAwards Ceremony
10:30pmNetworking and Drinks
12:00pmMidnight onwards – After Party


David Rowan

David Rowan
Editor, Wired UK

David Rowan is editor of WIRED UK, the technology and trends magazine covering online brands, gadgets and the culture that surrounds them.

David has reported on technology for The Times and Channel 4 News, the latter requiring him to illustrate the new iPod Video from the set of a porn shoot. He’s also written for The Sunday Times and Telegraph Magazines, and edited the Guardian’s on-line content.

David has curated an exhibition of British creative talent at the Government’s Cabinet Forum conference. He has also addressed the TEDs, and frequently contributes on Newsnight and the Today programme. He also writes a monthly column for GQ.

David is in touch with many of the world’s leading trendsetters and spotters. In presentations he looks at how the net is disrupting almost every sector, how apps change consumer behaviour and why ‘social commerce’ is killing traditional marketing. He reveals the ten trends that will change your market in the next decade – and what you should be doing now to protect yourself.

Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell
Founder & Managing Partner, GP Bullhound

Hugh Campbell is a Founder and Managing Partner of GP Bullhound.

Hugh has 15 years’ experience advising and investing in Europe’s category leaders in the technology sector. He has closed deals with, Avito, Interactive Investor, Figleaves, Realise and Car Loan 4U as well as selling businesses to Real Networks, Tesco, Disney, Accenture and Experian amongst others. He is a frequent speaker at events and conferences including CEBIT, the Mobile Web Summit and the Mobile Games Forum.

Hugh started his career with Citibank in M&A before moving on to Goldman Sachs where he worked in Equity Research. Hugh is from an entrepreneurial publishing family who sold John Murray Publishers to Hachette in 2002 and founded an e-learning business, Pastest Limited, where he still sits on the Board. In 2000, Hugh left Goldman Sachs and spent most of the year working and living in Beijing, China before going back to his investment banking roots by co-founding GP Bullhound.

Hugh opened the Manchester office of GP Bullhound in 2014. He is an MGS alumnus and graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford.

Pete Flint

Pete Flint
Managing Partner NFX Guild, Founder and Former CEO, Trulia, Inc., San Francisco, CA.

Pete Flint is a Managing Partner of NFX Guild (, an innovative Venture Capital fund that uses an invite-only Guild structure, network effects and advanced software to support entrepreneurs and build exceptional companies. The initial capital behind NFX Guild comes from the Partners and from some of Silicon Valley’s top VCs, including CRV, Greylock, Shasta and Mayfield. Prior to NFX Guild, Pete founded the online real estate company Trulia ( in 2005, now one of the most popular real estate websites and mobile apps in the U.S. He was its CEO and Chairman from inception to acquisition. In July 2014, rival property service Zillow purchased Trulia for $3.5Bn, with both brands continuing to operate side-by-side. Pete serves on the Board of Zillow Group, the parent company. Before founding Trulia, Pete was part of the founding team at, a leading European online travel company that was acquired by Sabre/Travelocity in 2005 for over $1Bn. Pete is an active angel investor and advisor to technology companies and is a founding Board member of New Story Charity (, a technology enabled platform focused on eliminating homelessness by building sustainable communities around the world. He is a frequent speaker at Internet, entrepreneurship, technology and real estate conferences and is also a guest lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and at Oxford’s Said Business School. He has been a Finalist in the national E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year awards, named “Most Admired CEO” by the San Francisco Business Times, one of the “Most Powerful CEO’s Under 40” by Forbes and one of the most powerful and influential people in real estate. Pete is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He received a Master’s and First Class Degree in Physics from the University of Oxford, and his MBA from Stanford University in 2005 and is a graduate of the Singularity University’s Executive Program.  Pete is a Henry Crown Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.