Sir Neil has extensive experience of healthcare operations and strategic development. He has operated at the highest level in the NHS and has undertaken some of the most complex and demanding system leadership roles in the country. As Acting Chief Executive for the NHS, Sir Neil was the lead official for the development of the NHS Plan. Sir Neil has extensive experience in charge of a number of organisations across the country - these posts have included university hospitals, a mental health trust, NHS Midlands and East, and NHS East of England. Sir Neil has worked on a number of consultancy assignments both with GE Healthcare Finnamore and in a personal capacity. He was awarded a knighthood in 2009 in recognition of services to the NHS and the Companion of the Order of Bath (CB) in 2001.