David Cleevely is an entrepreneur who has founded a series of companies including Abcam, Analysys and the award-winning restaurant Bocca di Lupo. He is Chairman of Chemify (a Glasgow University spin out founded with Professor Lee Cronin), Focal Point Positioning, and the Cambridge Science Centre. He was Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Founding Director of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge and co-founded Cambridge Network, Cambridge Wireless, Cambridge Angels and Cambridge Ahead.
He was Vice-Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review, Chair of the Cambridge Autonomous Metro (CAM) Technical Advisory Committee and Chair of the enquiry into policy after Covid, the ‘New Era for the Cambridge Economy’.
He also chairs the Royal Academy of Engineering Policy Fellowships Working Group. For 8 years until March 2009 he was a member of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and from 2001 to 2008 he was a member of the Ministry of Defence DES-ISS (DCSA) Board. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in Education by Bath University in 2022.