Lily Bacon

Lily Bacon DL

Cambridge born and bred Lily is a co-founder and Executive Vice-President of Cambridge technology company RealVNC. 

As Executive Vice-President, she has been responsible for much of the commercial strategy and business operations that have created one of the UK’s most successful technology companies, resulting in a remarkable three Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in three years, and a ranking in the 2012 Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50. In 2013, Lily and four of her colleagues received the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award for engineering innovation and commercialisation, making her only the second female recipient since the awards were established in 1969. 

Amongst many other things, she is responsible for the company’s substantial corporate social responsibility programme, instigating sponsorship and support of the arts, charities and education in the region. Lily is a trustee of the Cambridge Arts Theatre and a panel member of the Cambridgeshire Innovation Fund. She is a Fellow Commoner and Senior Boat Club Captain at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. In 2018 Lily was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.

She is married to RealVNC co-founder Dr Andy Harter, and they have two noisy and energetic young boys who keep her fit, augmented by regular distance running, rowing, recreational skiing and the delights and frustrations of Real Tennis. Lily’s interests include travel, literature, theatre and music and she occasionally picks up the Viola. She is fond of a glass of good wine and the conversation that goes with it. 



  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

The Nook

Pigot Lane, Framingham Earl
Norfolk, NR14 7PX