David Hartley

BCS President 1999/00

Dr David Hartley is a chartered engineer in the computing / information technology 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 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.

He has over 32 years chief executive experience in three different types of organisation, namely a university computing service, a government funded and controlled not-for-profit company, and a scientific research company holding charitable status.

He has been an adviser to many bodies including industrial organisations, professional institutions, educational institutions, and government departments including the Prime Minister. In the area of networking and the Internet, he played a leading policy role in the establishment of the Joint Network Team and JANET, as well as advising government on IT matters and the liberalisation of telecommunications.

Dr Hartley maintains strong ties with the University of Cambridge where he graduated and has spent most of his career; he continues to be a Fellow of Clare College and an Honorary Member of the Computer Laboratory. He is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS) and has served on Council, twice held office of Vice-President.

He was the Society’s Deputy President in 1998-99 and President in 1999-2000. He has recently been involved in the history of computing serving for four years as Chairman of the Computer Conservation Society, a special-interest group of the BCS. He was briefly Museum Director of the National Museum of Computing.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • BA in Mathematics, University of Cambridge, 1959
  • Diploma in Numerical Analysis and Automatic Computing, University of Cambridge, 1959
  • PhD in Computer Science, University of Cambridge, 1963
  • FBCS - Fellow, British Computer Society, 1968
  • CEng - Chartered Engineer, 1990
  • CITP - Chartered Information Technology Professional, 2002