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.