Fylde Borough Councillor- Park Ward
Neil was elected as Conservative Councillor for Park Ward in May 2015, and sits on the Council’s Development Management Committee (Planning) and also the Licensing and Public Protection Committees.
Neil has lived in Lytham St Annes for nearly 40 years, having moved here in 1978 following early childhood in Accrington. He was educated at Lytham St Annes High School and Sixth Form, before going on to university to study first History (at Leeds), then Philosophy and Political Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.
Neil has been a civil servant since 1997, working first for the old Employment Service (now Jobcentre Plus) before moving in 2004 to the Child Support Agency (now, once again, part of the Department for Work & Pensions as the Child Maintenance Service). His work in the latter organisation, in particular, has involved him directly in making decisions that materially impact upon the welfare of children and young people growing up in today's society, and has given him an appreciation of the often difficult backgrounds of many children of school and college age.
Since 2009, Neil has been an active member of the governing body of Lytham St Annes Technology & Performing Arts College, continuing his interest in and passion for making a difference for young people within Fylde. He is currently Chair of the Standards Committee, which oversees teaching standards, the quality of the education and overall school ‘experience’ on offer, and student welfare issues, and is also Vice Chair of the governing body as a whole.
His interests outside of work, local politics and school governance include serious classical music and opera; theatre; reading; sport, particularly football (he is a lifelong Arsenal supporter) and test cricket; good food and wine; and visiting places of historical and cultural interest, both nationally and in Europe.