Neil worked on the Cornwall Air Ambulance as a paramedic for 9 years. During his time with the charity he was part of a number of key milestones including the launch of the new helipad at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust. He was involved in the first project meeting regarding the design of the current operating base with the now Chief Operating Officer, Steve Murdoch. Neil was also part of the crew for the first mission from the new charity headquarters and so has witnessed the significant evolution of the CAAT first hand.
As a qualified teacher, Neil moved into education where he split his time between the University of Plymouth and South Western Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) delivering paramedic education. He continued to support the aircrew with shift shortfalls for a further 3 years before hanging up his flying helmet in 2016.
Neil is employed by SWAST as the Head of Education and fulfils a strategic command function as part of this role. This has enabled him to develop a broad understanding of the challenges across the health system. He chairs the National Education Network for Ambulance Services, bringing together UK ambulance trusts to develop aligned, sustainable and high quality education programmes for the sector. He is currently on loan to NHS Health Education England to lead a workforce transformation initiative for the health system.
Neil joined the board of Trustees in January of 2021 and is keen to be part of the future development of CAAT and support the next chapter. He lives locally with his wife, young family and dog, he also keeps a few sheep.