Prior to his retirement in 2012, Neil worked in the legal profession in various roles, ranging from Solicitor to Resident Judge. These roles covered criminal and civil work, family matters and the editing of legal books and periodicals.
In 2011 he was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of the County (Cambridgeshire) and served as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire in 2019/20, his chosen theme for that role/year was volunteering.
Following retirement Neil has served as a member of the Chapter of Peterborough Cathedral, and as a trustee for the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
Neil lives with his wife, Jean, and their over exuberant springer spaniel. He has two adult children and his interests are reading, writing, churches and walking.