Neil's career commenced as an operational firefighter in the late 1970's, initially serving as a firefighter in Derbyshire he progressed through the ranks to become Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, following the successful merger of the two services.
Neil was lead officer for fire protection within the UK Chief Fire Officers Association (now NFCC) from 2007 to 2013, chairing the group that managed the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. Since moving on from the fire and rescue service Neil has been President and CEO of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
He was chair of a national working group set up to improve product safety recalls, appointed by the then BEIS Minister Margot James. The working group's report lead directly to the creation of the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS). He supported the post Grenfell industry led work, as a member of the Competency Steering Group and secretary of the fire engineers group as well as assisting Structural-Safety, leading the expansion of CROSS to incorporate fire safety.
Neil has been awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers and Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers.
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