Neil’s fire service career began in 1991 and he has since served in three services, becoming Assistant Chief Officer (Community Safety) at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in 2012. In 2014, as Deputy Chief and Director of Service Delivery, Neil looked after community safety, response and resilience, and was responsible for frontline response, prevention, safe & well visits and community self-help plans. Neil became Chief Fire Officer of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service in January 2018. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southampton.
Alongside his role as CFO, Neil is also the UK National Fire Chief’s Council Chairman for the Prevention Committee, supporting fire services across the nation to prevent fires and other emergencies. He is Chairman of the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) which brings together the UK’s rescue services to develop their skills and improve rescue standards and is also a trustee of the Blue Lamp Trust which was established to promote and enhance community safety across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Graduate member of the Institution of Fire Engineers.
Most recently, Neil has chaired the Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG) in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight ensuring the effective multi-agency response to COVID-19.