Neil’s role as a Business Manager for the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network is to identify and support beneficial innovations that can be spread quickly across the region; particularly in the areas of Digital and Mental Health. Working alongside NHS, industry, academic and patient organisations, he fosters collaborative partnerships and helps innovators and adopters to access support and funding to drive health improvement and economic benefits to the region. As a part of this he oversees the Mental Health Innovation Network along with mental health Clinical Lead Dr Peter Lewis.
Following a 10 year management career in the leisure and hospitality industry, Neil worked in the NHS for 19 years. He was the manager of one of England’s first GP Commissioning Groups, and subsequently CEO of an NHS Primary Care Group in Birmingham. He went on to establish and lead the Whole Systems Programme for NHS Midlands and East of England, which oversaw a range of innovative IT-enabled service transformations involving primary and secondary care within the NHS and the private sector.