Neil graduated with honours in Psychology & Physiology at the University of Oxford then trained as a landscape architect, gaining an MA in Landscape Design at the University of Sheffield.
His experience spans over thirty years as a landscape architect in the public sector for a variety of urban and rural authorities, including implementation and project management, community liaison, landscape planning, development control, public inquiries and planning policy formulation.
Neil is a qualified manager (Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute) and project manager (PRINCE2 Practitioner) with extensive management experience, including environmental project delivery, business development, cross-disciplinary and partnership working, community planning, strategic planning and risk management.
He has played an active role in wider professional development, policy initiatives and promotion of design at national level. With his background in psychology and physiology, Neil’s particular interests include how the design of the external environment can contribute to mental, physical and social wellbeing, and to crime prevention. Neil helped launch the UK Designing Out Crime Association in 1999 and was part of the core team that established a new regional design centre in 2005 (Solent Centre for Architecture + Design) where he remained a director until 2012. In 2008 he was elected President of the Landscape Institute for a two-year term of office that proved to be one of the most challenging periods in the organisation’s history.
Neil is a Built Environment Expert with Design Council CABE and a member of various Design Review panels. He also works in a voluntary capacity for the University of Southampton as a Research Ethics reviewer and external adviser in the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences.