Neil has previously held senior positions at Staffordshire University, Wyevale Garden Centres plc, Marston, Thompson & Evershed plc and the Ford Motor Company. He joined Aston from the University of Hull where he was Chief Finance Officer.
Neil holds a number of external board positions. He is a non-executive director at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, a trustee of Familyfund - a national charity supporting the families of disabled children - and is a director of a number of spin-out companies. He is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.