Neil began his career with the Dominion Insurance Company having graduated with a degree in Economics and Agricultural Economics from the University of Exeter in 1981. He pursued postgraduate studies in Finance at the London Business School during the mid-1980s before joining Eagle Star as a fund manager in 1987. In 1988, Neil moved to Henley-based fund manager Perpetual (now Invesco Perpetual), where he forged a formidable reputation running two of the UK’s biggest and most successful retail funds – Invesco Perpetual Income and Invesco Perpetual High Income.
In April 2014, Neil left Invesco Perpetual to set up Woodford Investment Management, where he is Head of Investment. He is the lead fund manager on the firm’s flagship retail fund, the LF Woodford Equity Income fund, which raised a record £1.6bn during a two-and-a-half week launch offer period in June 2014. He also manages Woodford Patient Capital Trust, launched in April 2015, that invests predominantly in early-stage businesses. Neil was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the economy in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours.