After stints as a Butlin's redcoat, a professional actor and in engineering, Neil moved to a 20 year spell as a departmental head, teaching politics, business, economics and information technology in schools, colleges and universities. At present he is also senior examiner, assessor and moderator for GCSE and GNVQ and a member of the QCA Business Forum. He had written numerous short publications before approaching Hodder in 1997 with an idea for a text written specifically for and endorsed by a leading examination board. The result, written with Peter Thomas, was the hugely successful NEAB GCSE Business Studies. Numerous other successful texts followed. Neil is a member of the national committee for the sport of fellrunning and edited 'The Fellrunner' magazine for ten years. He now divides his time between writing, university teaching and his own educational consultancy business.