Neil was a co-founder of Sinclair Goldsmith Chartered Surveyors which listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange in 1987. His company subsequently merged with Conrad Ritblat where he became Executive Deputy Chairman.
He was appointed Chairman of Baker Lorenz in 1999 and which was sold to the listed Hercules Property Services in 2001. He joined the Board of the fully listed Tops Estates in 2003 and remained so until it was sold to Land Securities in 2005.
He was one of the founders of Mission Capital, now Watchstone Group which was admitted to AIM in 2005 and was Executive Chairman until February 2008.
Together with the current Chairman and a private investor he acquired 29.9% of Leo Insurance now Palace Capital in 2010 which was quoted on AIM and had a market capitalisation of £108,000. The intention was to invest in regional property and today the Company is on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, has a property portfolio of £276m and net assets of £183m.
Palace Capital has planning permission for a major mixed-use scheme very close to York Station within the city wall comprising 127 apartments, 34,000 sq ft offices, 5,000 sq ft of other commercial plus car parking. Demolition of the existing property is due to complete at the end of August with construction commencing in January 2019.
Neil chaired the Variety Childrens’s Charity in 1991 and is still a Trustee. He co-founded “the PROPS” in 1992 which he still chairs, and which has raised over £10m and provided over 2,000 wheelchairs for disabled children.