Founder of world-leading technology company takes on role to help connect people and promote Cambridge on the global stage.

It does something that I believe in passionately – it connects people

Dr Andy Harter

Cambridge Network – the membership organisation based in the high technology cluster of Cambridge – has appointed Dr Andy Harter as its new Chair.

An innovator and entrepreneur, Andy is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge technology company RealVNC and, among his many roles, is a Visiting Fellow of the University Computer Laboratory and a Fellow of St Edmund's College.

“Cambridge is remarkable, combining a world-leading University and Europe's most significant and successful high-tech cluster. Cambridge Network is the region's original high-skill membership organisation and it is an important part of the business scene. It does something that I believe in passionately – it connects people,” he said.

“Our mission is to be a catalyst for connectivity and opportunity, and we are also now stepping up to take on the promotion of Cambridge nationally and internationally, working with partners to attract both public and private inward investment.”

Claire Ruskin, Cambridge Network's CEO, said: “I am certain that Andy will bring his passion for Cambridge business to all that we do. We are having a great year, developing and growing what we take on, including agri-tech and now leading an initiative to improve inward investment for the region. The services we deliver for our members continue to improve all the time, helping us achieve our overall mission, which is to make even more difference to business in and around Cambridge.“

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, said: “As President of the Cambridge Network, I am delighted that Andy Harter is taking over as Chair. The University enjoys a strong relationship with the Network and I look forward to working with Andy in the future.”

About Cambridge Network

Cambridge Network is a membership organisation. It brings people together – from business and academia – to meet each other and share ideas, encouraging collaboration and partnership for shared success. With over 1,200 corporate members, including start-ups, SMEs and global corporations, Cambridge Network represents the majority of the technology businesses in Cambridge.  Cambridge Network helps Cambridge businesses compete on the world stage by:
• Fostering closer relationships and sharing ideas between businesses, academia and individuals through a calendar of Member events
• Facilitating peer learning groups and sharing high quality training as the 'Learning Collaboration’
• Connecting people and companies for research and partnering through knowledge of local expertise and a comprehensive member Directory
• Enabling member companies to find and attract quality candidates to work in Cambridge, through its high profile jobs board Recruitment Gateway
• Facilitating co-operation, action and resource sharing by being a focal point for organisations in the Cambridge region.

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