Dr David Cleevely

at Chair, CSaP Advisory Council


Chair of Advisory Council, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

David Cleevely CBE FREng FIET chairs CSaP's Advisory Council, which brings together leading figures in government, academia, civil society and business to provide high-level external advice and input to the Centre. The Council advises on CSaP's strategy and activities, paying particular regard to the views of external stakeholders and supporters; reviews the implementation of previously agreed strategies; evaluates how CSaP’s programmes are perceived by its various stakeholders; raises the profile of CSaP in the communities within which Advisory Council members operate; and advises on the development of strategies for attracting more resources, including fundraising.

As Founding Director, David launched the Centre for Science and Policy within the University of Cambridge in 2009. Working together with the Centre's original Executive Committee, David established its objectives and processes, and set up its flagship Fellowship and Workshop programmes.

As a serial entrepreneur, he has invested in over 35 companies and is co-founder and Chairman of five of them, including the award winning restaurant “Bocca di Lupo”. He has been a prime mover behind Cambridge Network, co-founder of Cambridge Wireless, co-founder and Chairman of Cambridge Angels and is a member of the IET Communications Policy Panel. He is the Chairman of CRFS, which he co-founded in July 2007, and 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 2009.

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). He is Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Cambridge Science Centre, and an Ambassador of the Cambridge Humanitarian Centre.

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.

  • 19 May 2016, 5:30pm

    Does the European Union need science advice?

    Dame Anne Glover will deliver the 2016 Dr S T Lee Lecture on science advice in the European Union.

  • 14 April 2015, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2015

    This year our conference will explore opportunities for improving the way government accesses, assesses and makes use of expertise from the humanities, and offer examples of the significant contribution these disciplines have made to public policy.

  • In news articles

    Understanding the financial future with lessons from the past

    CSaP’s Founding Director David Cleevely chairs a discussion on how understanding financial history can help inform future policy making.

  • In news articles

    Digital Government – for the many or the few?

    Chi gave a fascinating insight into the issues surrounding digital democracy and an invitation to make use of the technologies available to engage with our MPs as often as possible.