Neil has had a 20-year corporate board career in the food industry both in the UK and Europe, focusing on turnarounds, acquisitions and divestitures for national and international corporations.
14 years ago he took early retirement, but quickly became bored and set up a staff rostering software company which is now being prepared for sale through the AIM market. During this time Neil also founded a not-for-profit company providing a free on-line library of pre-vetted self-help videos for the over 60s, and he mentors a group of care homes in Dorset.
Neil is keen to dispel the stigma and discrimination that still surrounds mental illness. He says: "Despite my career, I have suffered with mental illness throughout my life and have experienced a number of crises over the past 10 years. As a service user of AWP, I can say they have saved my life and helped me recover myself esteem, but the public our families and friends need to be more open on this subject and support those going through treatment."