Founder, Dunshiel Education

Dunshiel Education, brings together education policy experts to provide bespoke services to those working in the education community and related sectors. Our independent network draws on expertise from across the political parties to deliver detailed policy advice to organisations and their leaders on education and other policy developments affecting their work, enabling you to anticipate and contribute to …

Chair, Pearson’s Commission on Sustainable Learning for Life, Work & a Changing Economy

Neil is Chair of Pearson’s Commission on Sustainable Learning for Life, Work & a Changing Economy. Pearson, the digital education company, has announced a new, independent group to examine the UK’s future skills needs and landscape. The Commission on Sustainable Learning for Life, Work & a Changing Economy will be chaired by former head of the Education …

Honorary Professor of Politics and Education, University of Nottingham

Neil has been appointed Honorary Professor of Politics and Education at the University of Nottingham. More information is available here.

Education Committee

Neil was elected as a member of the Education Select Committee in 2010 and was appointed Chair of the Education Select Committee in 2015. In that role he challenged a number of assumptions (and his own Party’s policies) and oversaw a range of inquiries into Multi Academy Trusts, special educational needs and the productivity gap; …


Neil visited Myanmar in February 2018 to begin his work with Myanmar’s Education Committees. Neil will be helping politicians and officials to develop the role and purpose of their education committees, helping to strengthen and develop the parliamentary committee system for education.

School Governance

Neil served as Governor of Stroud College 2001-2011 (Chair of Finance and General Purposes), Local Authority Interim Governor of Marling School (Chair, 2008-2009), and Governor of two primary schools and two further colleges. After the publication of his report on school governance with Edward Wild entitled “Who Governs the Governors” Neil established and chaired the All …

Visiting University Lecturer

Neil taught Modern British Political History, Rural Economic Development, and EU Policies and Instructions at Sunderland and De Montford universities. During this time,  Neil presented academic papers at various universities including Budapest Central University, Plymouth University and Warsaw University.


Neil is the founder of Festomane, the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering. Festomane, now in its sixth year, is an annual week-long festival which provides a host of opportunities for schools, colleges and the public to meet local businesses, discover some of the latest innovations and gather information about the training and career opportunities …


Neil taught Modern British Political History during his time as a visiting university lecturer, since then Neil has closely followed his interest in history. In October 2015 Neil joined pupils from Archway and Thomas Keble Schools on a battlefield tour of the Somme. This was part of the First World War Centenary Battlefields Tour Programme, which Neil …

Chief Education Consultant, Christine Lee & Co

Christine Lee & Co is a firm of solicitors with strong experience in education, Neil is Chief Education Consultant.