Dr David Hartley is a chartered engineer in the computing field, who has combined many years as a senior manager in the university environment with a wide range of consulting and advisory positions for government, education, research and industry. He read Mathematics and Computing at Cambridge, and obtained a PhD becoming an academic in the Mathematical Laboratory. He was the Director of the Cambridge University Computing Service for over 23 years. He has been involved with many pioneering and innovative ventures ranging from the development of advanced high-level computer languages to the introduction of broadband networking.
David has been an adviser to many bodies including industrial organisations, professional institutions, educational institutions, and government departments including British Prime Minister Thatcher. In the area of networking, he played a leading policy role in the establishment of the Internet in the UK and for a period he was Chief Executive of the company running the education network.
Now in theory retired, David maintains strong ties with the University of Cambridge where he graduated and has spent most of his career. He is now both an Honorary Member of the Computer Laboratory and a Fellow of Clare College. He is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society and was President in 1999-2000; currently he is Chairman of the Computer Conservation Society, a special-interest group of the BCS.