David Cleevely

Chairman, Cleevely & Partners Ltd

Site: CDL-Oxford

David Cleevely is the Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. He is the founder and former Chairman of telecoms consultancy Analysys (acquired by Datatec International in 2004). In 1998, he co-founded the web based antibody company Abcam (ABC.L) with Jonathan Milner and was Chairman until November 2009. He has invested in over 60 companies including the award winning restaurant “Bocca di Lupo” and its gelateria subsidiary, Gelupo.

He was co-founder and chairman of Cambridge Network, Cambridge Wireless and Cambridge Angels and co-founder of Cambridge Ahead. In 2012 he co-founded the Cambridge Science Centre where he is Chair of the Board of Trustees. He helped set up the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review and was Vice-Chair of the Commission which issued its final report in September 2018 and he currently chairs the Cambridge Autonomous Metro (CAM) Technical Advisory Committee.

He chairs three committees for the Royal Academy of Engineering (Enterprise Committee, COVID-19 Triage Committee and the Policy Fellowships Working Group) and is a member of the IET Communications Policy Panel For 8 years until March 2009 he was a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board. From 2001 to 2008 he was a member of the Ministry of Defence Board overseeing information systems and services (DES-ISS, formerly the Defence Communications Services Agency). After being sponsored to study Cybernetics at Reading by Post Office Telecommunications, he joined their Long Range Studies Division. A PhD at Cambridge was then followed by the Economist Intelligence Unit in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the IET. In 2009 he was appointed the Founding Director and Executive Committee Member of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge and stepped down in 2015 becoming Chairman of the Advisory Council. He was elected a Fellow Commoner of Queens College, Cambridge in 2013 and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall in 2015. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List in 2013.