Dave Happy - Non-Executive Director

Dave Happy MA, CPC (Transport), Dip M.


Dave obtained his Masters Degree from Exeter (UK) and Tilburg (Netherlands), winning 2 scholarships. He has over 36 years expertise in the connectivity sector, beginning with Motorola in PMR and Cellular, US WEST and Virgin Media where he obtained their PTO and International Facilities licences, helped build their first Satellite Earth Station, oversaw a £40m subsea cable project, and assisted with France Telecom/Orange’s acquisition of a stake in the business.   


Before organising, writing, winning and managing several 5G research bids to DCMS, he was with Samsung Electronics, as a Vice President in their R&D operation, where he won a Digital Europe award from his peers for technical excellence. He also won the individual collaboration award from The Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport and UK5G for his 5G work in 2021.


He is the current Chairman of the UK Telco Data Task-Force, an advisory group mentored by the Department of Business Economy and Industrial Strategy, working with the Geospatial Commission and DCMS, and comprising Governments, Industry, academia and 5G test-beds. He is also a former pro bono non-Executive Director of BT’s “Connected Earth” operation.