David has been a software engineer for 40 years, beginning when he co-wrote the best-selling computer game “Elite” while still at Cambridge University. He founded Frontier Developments plc in January 1994, a now 870 person company based on the Science Park in Cambridge, which floated in 2013 (AIM:FDEV).
David is co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a charity that sells small educational computers worldwide for as little as $5. He supports start-ups, particularly in the environmental space through his membership of Cambridge Angels. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012, a Fellowship of BAFTA in 2015 (one of only 98, since the first was given to Alfred Hitchcock in 1971), honorary doctorates from Abertay University, the Open University, and York University, and an OBE in 2014.