Neil has over 35 years of teaching, research and management experience, across a wide range of universities, as well as visiting professorships at four Australian, one American and one European University.
Neil has been the Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Management Education since 2006 and Associate Editor of The British Accounting Review since 2012. He was a member of the Editorial Board of Accounting Education from 1992 until 2009 when he became an Editorial Advisor. Neil was an Associate Editor of Journal of Accounting Education from 1999 until 2012 and chaired the British Accounting Finance Association Special Interest Group for Accounting Education for thirteen years.
In 2007 Neil was appointed as the Director and Foundation Dean of the University of Winchester Business School and later the Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport. The Faculty was also home to the English Language Teaching and Support Unit.
Neil was honoured to be appointed Chair (now President) of the British Accounting Association for 2008 and 2009 and in 2010 he was appointed to Chair the Advisory Board for the Higher Education Academy’s Subject Centre in Business, Management, Accounting and Finance.
From April 2011, following the successful, formal opening of Winchester Business School by Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, Neil extended his role to become Pro Vice Chancellor (Business Development). This was a Senior Management Team role with the key responsibilities of effective University-wide liaison with business and business-related communities, locally, nationally and internationally and ensuring a step-change growth in numbers of international students.
Apart from developing employer based programmes, Neil negotiated successfully a validation agreement with a private business college (ICBS) with three campuses in Greece (Athens, Thessalonica and Larissa) who now offer University of Winchester undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
In November 2012, Neil was appointed to the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Winchester. In this role he was responsible for the university finances, planning, registry, marketing and communications, student recruitment, internationalisation, estates, campus services, learning and teaching development, information technology services, the career service and he line managed two Deans of Faculty (Arts and Business, Law & Sport). He also led the Excellence Model and Lean Management programmes and liaised with the University’s legal advisors. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Winchester for eight years.
Neil was the Regional Convener of the Association of Heads of Accounting (AHUA) for the southern region member of AHUA’s Executive Committee. He was also a member of HEFCE’s Audit Committee and he is currently a member of HEFCWs Regulation Committee.
In 2018 Neil was the inaugural winner of the British Accounting and Finance Association’s Outstanding Contribution to Accounting and Finance Education Award to recognise those who have contributed significantly to the profession and to the Association in their career.
Neil has examined 24 PhDs and supervised 9 to completion. He has published over 100 academic articles, research monographs and books and has presented at over 100 international academic conferences, often as keynote speaker.
Neil’s main areas of expertise include public sector accounting and management, small business financial management and my main area of accounting education. His research has been funded by the accounting profession in the UK and Australia, the UK and European Union governments and by industry. Neil has published in a wide range of journals including Public Money and Management, Financial Accountability and Management, Management Accounting Research, Accounting Forum, the British Accounting Review and Accounting & Finance. He has also published in specialist and mainstream education journals including Accounting Education, Studies in Higher Education and Higher Education Quarterly.
Since retiring from his full time DVC role, Neil continues his own research and to advise PhD students as an external supervisor as well as acting as a thesis examiner. Neil is external examiner for Swansea University’s MBA and associated programmes and he is also Swansea University’s and Nottingham Trent University’s REF “critical friend” for the Business Unit of Assessment.Staff Directory