Neil has been the Head of a Child and Family Psychology Service within a Social Services Department; he has been the Head of and Consultant Psychologist in a Child & Family Clinical Psychology Service in the NHS and he has worked in an Adult Mental Health Clinical Psychology Specialty in an Adult Psychiatry hospital; previously, he has worked as a Consultant Psychologist in a Risk Assessment Project of the NSPCC.
Neil also qualified as a forensic psychologist and he regularly undertook Court work in regard to children who have been or are at risk of being maltreated; of those who have been charged with various criminal matters; and of parents with learning disabilities, substance misuse and or mental health problems. He has written hundreds of reports and given evidence in more than 100 trials in the Magistrates, County and High Courts; he has also presented evidence to Adoption Panels and Special Needs Tribunals. As a part of his continuing professional development, he undertook further postgraduate study as an Expert Witness in Family Work for the Courts.
Prior to his current post, Neil taught on various postgraduate programmes in special education and on initial and post qualification doctoral training courses in educational psychology in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. Neil is a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
He is currently a PhD candidate in Educational Research at Lancaster University.