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 Party Parliamentary Group for Education Governance and Leadership. The APPG for Education Governance and Leadership aimed to raise the profile and changing role of school governors, to act as advocates for the importance of good school governors; to ensure school governors’ views and concerns are heard in Parliament; and to raise the profile of the leadership role of school governors.
On the 24th October 2012 Neil was able to secure a Westminster Hall debate on the subject of Governance. Read the full debate here.
Building on his work in Parliament with the APPG on Education Governance and Leadership, Neil is now a member of the National Governance Association Board of Trustees. The National Governance Association is the national membership organisation for state-funded school governors and trustees in England. The NGA aims to represent school governors and trustees from all state funded schools in England; including those from LA maintained schools and academies. They are an independent charity that aims to improve the educational standards and well-being of children and young people through supporting and promoting outstanding governance in all state-funded schools, including academies and free schools.