Neil is an experienced board chair, leadership academic and a former chief executive in the NHS.
He also chairs Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Merseyside; the Cheshire-based Caring Together and Connecting Care health and care transformation boards, which will merge into a single board from January 2018; and on an interim basis for six months from November 2017, Liverpool Health Partners Limited, the city-region’s putative academic health science centre.
In the NHS, Neil’s roles have included CEO of St Mary’s Hospital, London and the Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority.
For more than 10 years, he was visiting professor of leadership studies at Manchester Business School and an honorary professor at Durham University and University College London. As a leadership academic Neil consulted on strategy, leadership development, the creation of academic health science centres, and undertook confidential inquiries into board governance. He is the author of Leadership in Healthcare, the first book of its kind set in a European context.
Neil holds postgraduate degrees from London and Manchester Business Schools, and in 2007 he was appointed CBE for services to the NHS.