Neil has been in Love since 2014. He founded Smart, a creative studio which is now part of the Loveurope Group, where he is now Client Services Director.
He started his career as a Junior Artist at Kushner Vaughan Associates in 1976. After two years of running around cleaning paint pots, making tea and carrying out deliveries, Neil was promoted to General Artist, working on a variety of accounts including McVitie's, Barclays Bank and Lyle's Golden Syrup.
In 1981 Neil joined Brooks Hurst (which later became Washer Fox Coughlan) as a Senior Artist, producing finished artwork, lettering and illustration for Olivetti, IBM, Christie's Auctioneers and Swiss Air.
In 1988 Neil joined Geers Gross to set up, install and recruit staff for their studio, Roundabout. It was then bought out by Publicis in 1991, when Neil was appointed Manager of the merged studios. As well as managing the day-to-day running of the studio, Neil set up Publicis London’s first Apple Mac network and over the next year implemented the transition from traditional to digital artwork. The merged Publicis Studio eventually became COMMA, a company within the Publicis group servicing London agencies. Accounts here included Renault, L’Oreal, McVitie's, Hewlett Packard and Club Med. COMMA also brought in direct clients, including Woolworths, GNER and Transport for London.
One of Neil's achievements during his time at Publicis was the implementation of a work experience program. Following his efforts to raise awareness about unemployment and jobs for young people, he appeared in a BAFTA-nominated TV documentary ‘Headhunting the Homeless’, which highlighted the problems homeless people face when trying to find employment.
Interests outside work include art, theatre, windsurfing and surfing.
Unexpected fact: "Neil is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts."