Neil gained a first class degree in archaeology from Newcastle University in 1984 before starting work in professional archaeology. He went straight from University to direct excavations on Hadrian’s Wall for English Heritage and spent a number of happy years developing a specialism in Roman archaeology whilst working in the North East.
He moved on to Exeter Museum where he worked on Roman finds before being appointed Archaeological Manager at Cotswold Archaeology in 1991. This proved to be a true baptism of fire as not only was the UK economy in the grip of recession but at the same time the archaeological profession was struggling to come to grips with the introduction of a free market in heritage services.
Neil is now head of the salaried staff as Chief Executive, and is responsible for ensuring that Cotswold Archaeology remains a successful and innovative company delivering high quality work.
In addition to his managerial duties Neil maintains his interest in Roman archaeology and continues to publish widely.
He sits on a number of Committees, including the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (formally SCAUM); the Archaeology Committee of the Roman Society and the Publications Committee of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at Reading University.