Neil graduated from City University, having been sponsored by SB Tietz and Partners. Working with the company, he gained site experience with John Mowlem on Kingston Shopping Centre and went on to gain chartership in 1991.
Joining Whitby and Bird in 1994, Neil then spent seven years working on a number of prestigious projects including The Berlin Stock Exchange, Ludwig-Erhard-Haus and the IGUS Factory in Cologne, bthe latter two with Grimshaw. He also worked on 40 Grosvenor Place with HOK and the Toyota HQ at Epsom with Sheppard Robson.
Looking to strengthen his management experience and skills, Neil moved to Oscar Faber in 2000, where he met Ian Craig, to jointly run the London office and help develop the structures group. He was soon promoted to director tasked with developing a consistent approach within the structures group nationally.
In 2002, Neil founded evolve with Ian, taking the business from kitchen table to 25-strong in the first six years. Beyond his roles in technical development, project and client management, Neil is responsible for the overall financial stability and control of the company. Having survived some difficult years through recession, he is now excited about the future as we now see strong signs of continued and sustainable growth ahead to create great opportunities for our business as a whole and for the developing talent emerging within it.
For Neil, setting up evolve with Ian was a lifestyle choice based around creating the best opportunities for his family and for those who work with him.
Neil has been married to Dawn for over 20 years and they have two beautiful daughters, Chloe and Robyn – luckily for them, their looks came from their mother’s side of the family.
His interests are varied, albeit fairly conventional, and is most content travelling with family and friends or watching just about any sport going. He believes winter is for skiing and summer is for golf! This simple approach to life was made slightly more complicated by the arrival of a dog to the family. He is no good at either skiing or golf, but does like a good walk just about anywhere.