Neil started playing the trombone aged 10. A product of the Essex Youth Orchestras organisation, Neil played with the EYO Orchestras, Brass Ensemble and Jazz Band including tours to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to pre-revolution Romania.
Neil is involved in music locally and plays regularly with the Sinfonia of Cambridge, the Seckford Ensemble brass quintet and also played for many years with the Ipswich MU Big Band.
By day a qualified Chartered Accountant, Neil is a finance director in a manufacturing business. Married to Cerian, with a daughter Alys, his hobbies include walking and skiing.