• Formerly Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League between 1998 and 2000, where he was responsible for the RFL’s first-ever business plan, its World Class Plan, its facilities development programme, and the much-imitated “Framing the Future” minimum standards legislation and the “Tackle It” anti-racism campaign.
  • Neil’s other achievements at the RFL include securing the 2000 Rugby League World Cup for Great Britain, negotiating new broadcast contracts with the BBC and Sky Sports worth £26.9 million, reviewing and restructuring the RFL’s headquarters administration, and reviewing and redrafting the game’s by-laws.
  • As a consultant, Neil has been a World Class Adviser to UK Sport and Sport England, and has recently worked with UK Sport across a total of 13 Olympic and Paralympic sports to advise and support their planning, preparations and systems-building for London 2012. Other headline projects have included:
    • Review of the Welsh Assembly Government’s strategy for performance and excellence sport in Wales in 2009
    • Reviews of Ireland’s Olympic and Paralympic programmes and performances in Athens in 2004, and in Beijing in 2008
    • Research and formulation of national strategies for elite sport in Ireland (2008-13) and Wales (2010-16) on behalf of the Irish Sports Council and Sport Wales
  • In working with over 40 national governing bodies of sport, ranging from the Rugby Football Union and Lawn Tennis Association to Archery GB and British Wrestling, Neil’s achievements include:
    • The formulation and authorship of the Rugby Football League’s Whole Sport Plan 2009-13 submission to Sport England, which was awarded funding of £27.6 million
    • The foundation of three new national governing bodies of sport, the Great Britain Boccia Federation, the Great Britain Disability Football Association, and the Great Britain Women’s Football Association
    • The establishment and development of the Netball Superleague, Tyrrells Premier 15s, and BUCS Super Rugby
  • Much of Neil’s current workload is provided by the Rugby Football Union and England & Wales Cricket Board, for whom he is engaged to conduct a quality-assurance and development programme for their respective Academy networks, by means of an annual process of audit and review.
  • Neil has written policy documents for the British Government which led to the creation of both the Sports Grounds Initiative and a Voluntary Code of Conduct for all sports governing bodies for the sale of broadcasting rights.
  • He has also served on a number of Government and Sports Council reviews, including the Foster Review of athletics, the Cox Review of hockey, and the Mallin Review of basketball. In 2004 he served as an expert contributor to the National Audit Office’s review of UK Sport: Supporting Elite Athletes.
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