Dr David Cleevely CBE FREng FIET

Member of the Communications Policy Panel

Dr David Cleevely PhD FIET

David Cleevely (CBE, FREng, FIET) was appointed the Founding Director and Executive Committee Member of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge in 2009. 

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 November 2009.

In late 2004 he co-founded the 3G femto base station company, 3WayNetworks, which was sold to Airvana in April 2007.  He has invested in over 35 companies and is Chairman of four 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.  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.