Chair of Raspberry Pi takes helm at Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub

03 Oct 2019

David CleevelyDavid Cleevely CBE FREng has been appointed as Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Committee, which oversees the highly successful Enterprise Hub. David will replace Ian Shott CBE FREng, the founding chair of the Enterprise Committee.

With over 30 years’ experience in engineering and enterprise, David has invested in over 30 leading enterprises in the UK and had many successful exits. He co-founded the UK-leading investor network Cambridge Angels, which provides equity capital for early-stage technology businesses and is Chair of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the charitable British enterprise behind the world's most affordable computer.

The Enterprise Hub was established in 2013 and is a national resource for the UK’s most promising engineering entrepreneurs, helping them turn their ideas into reality and become exceptional business leaders by providing funding, training and mentoring from the nation’s leading engineers.

David’s leadership will be significant in helping the Enterprise Hub expand and extend its work to support entrepreneurs to ensure the most promising engineering ideas with benefit to society are realised. Commenting on his appointment, David Cleevely said: 

“UK engineering leads the world in creativity and innovation, and we need to ensure that early-stage engineering businesses unlock the support required to reach their full commercial potential.

The Enterprise Hub exists to provide the skills and support we know are essential in inspiring belief in engineering enterprise. I am looking forward to working with the Hub to continue supporting today and tomorrow’s engineering world-leaders.”

Ana Avaliani, Head of Enterprise at the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub, said: 

“It is not a coincidence that so many of the Hub members we support go on to grow successful, world-leading businesses that solve many of today’s most complex economic and social challenges.

We make sure that we provide our members with the right guidance, access to mentors and training to allow them to hit the ground running. David shares our passion; he is an excellent spokesperson for inspiring belief in engineering enterprise and a trusted guide as the Hub itself looks to scale up. We are delighted to welcome him as Chair.”

David has been a prime mover behind commercial business networks such as Cambridge Network and Cambridge Wireless and has been recognised as a driving force in encouraging government to invest in Cambridge research and enterprise. He founded he Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge in 2009 and has advised a number of boards, including the Ministry of Defence Board overseeing information systems and services (DES-ISS), the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board and the IET Communications Policy Panel.

In 1998, David co-founded web-based biotechnology company Abcam and continued to act as its Chairman until November 2009. He was the founder and former Chairman of telecoms consultancy Analysys, now Analysys Mason. Since 2013, the Enterprise Hub has supported over 100 entrepreneurs helping to develop their ideas into investable, high-growth companies and sustained, longer term support for engineering over 70 start-up companies.

Press contact:

For further information please contact the Enterprise Hub press office at Good Relations on

About the Royal Academy of Engineering and Enterprise Hub

Enterprise Hub 

The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub is a national resource for the UK’s most promising engineering entrepreneurs. The Hub forms part of the Academy’s commitment to stimulate excellence and promote creativity and innovation in engineering. The Hub does this by making awards to exemplars of excellence and innovation in engineering who will be the founders and leaders of tomorrow’s high-tech companies. The awards include provision of money-can’t-buy bespoke support and one-to-one mentoring from its Fellowship, which comprises many of the country’s most successful engineers from across academia and industry, including prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders such as Sir Robin Saxby FREng, Anne Glover CBE HonFREng and Ian Shott CBE FREng. The Royal Academy of Engineering opened the Taylor Centre – a physical home for the Enterprise Hub with meeting and networking facilities for its Members – in February 2017.

Royal Academy of Engineering

We bring together the most successful and talented engineers from across the profession – our Fellows – to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society.

We have three strategic priorities: make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation and businesses, address the engineering skills crisis, and position engineering at the heart of society. We are a national academy with a global outlook. 



Subscribe to our mailing list and get updates!

Do you want to become a member, a mentor or just want to support us?

Find out more >