Neil was elected New Plymouth District Mayor in 2016. He has a background in strategic management, government relations, information technology, communications and public relations having worked for Independent News Limited, Fairfax and more recently Powerco. Neil is also the principal of TX1 Consulting, a management consultancy providing services to the regulated utility sector. He has a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington, and attended the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, completing their Strategic Management Programme and Foundations of General Management.
Neil is a member of New Zealand Institute of Directors and was an Accredited member of Public Relations Institute of New Zealand, and is the Project Manager for Rotomanu Community Dirt Jump Park.