A resident of the borough for over 50 years, Neil was born in Bournemouth and spent his formative years growing up in a council estate in Hayes, Middlesex (North London). The family moved to Epsom when Neil was 13. Neil joined the scouts and was a student at Glyn School in Ewell, where, he says, chess was probably more important to him than his studies!
Leaving school at 18, Neil’s first full time job was at WH Smith in Epsom. After a year he switched his career path to become a trainee computer programmer, in the days when computers were large and the industry young. Working for various different companies, he gradually progressed into senior management. His varied career included giving a four week intensive software course in Iraq and lecturing at a local prison. Neil has been made redundant twice. This led, in 1993, to him starting up his own computer services consultancy and project management business. One of the highpoints of the business was the contract to provide hardware, software and networks to the whole of the MoD. Neil retired in 2017.
Neil married Ann in 1983 and the couple have six grown up children and four grandsons. Scouting has been a large part of his life and many highlights include running a group of 250 plus Scouts, taking groups to Sweden and Uganda, leading a contingent at the 21st World Jamboree, producing local gang shows at the Epsom Playhouse, overseeing Epsom Fireworks display and the Community Christmas Post scheme. In 2017, after over 50 years of Scouting, he decided to take a break.