Neil is currently chairman of QinetiQ Group plc and senior independent director of Business Growth Fund. He was formerly chairman of Motability Operations plc, Centaur Media Plc and Synthomer plc, and CEO of the RAC. He chaired telematics company Cybit Plc through IPO and ultimate sale to a US private equity house in 2010 and was chairman of e2v plc until its takeover by Teledyne in 2016. After directing the European automotive interests of British Aerospace, he served a term as Director General of the Engineers Employers Federation and later set up a transatlantic trade and business promotion body, British-American Business, Inc. Following an early career in the Army, he began his business career with a series of roles within Lex Service Group, British Leyland, Jaguar and Land Rover. He was, until 2012, an Independent Member of the Metropolitan Policy Authority.
Neil was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman and Director of the Company on 12 May 2016. Since 1 March 2018, he has been Executive Chairman. He is also Chairman of the Nominations Committee.