Bio

Neil is a passionate performance-driven PPM practitioner, consultant and author. With over 20-years’ experience in the leadership of projects, programmes and portfolios. Expertise gained during the management of over 70 distinct project and programmes (ranging from 1,000 to 20,000 days effort), plus the portfolio-level oversight of over 150 business and technology projects.

Neil has organised, delivered and led strategic initiatives, programmes and projects, which encompassed business change, technology enabled business transformation and strategy execution. Delivering services to organisations in Financial Services, Government, IT Services and Telecommunications sectors, in the UK, Europe, Canada and USA.

Over the last 12 years he has also provided expertise in programme due diligence, programme/project delivery assurance, programme/project recovery/turnaround, and strategic partnerships.

He is an advocate and protagonist for collaborative working, notably in the programme/project arena. Evangelised and delivered such initiatives across blue-chip organisations (as well as leading intranet and portal initiatives since the late 1990’s).

Neil is an author of thought leadership (published through multiple consulting organisations), an insightful project leadership blog, PPMpractitioner, and recently co-authored his first book, the Gower Handbook of People in Project Management.

He is a partner in Synatus, the consulting, interim management and coaching group that provides direct access to senior level practitioners and business experts. He currently provides interim management expertise to leading organisations across the UK and Europe, recently concluding assignments with global services firm, ATOS.

Other highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Member of the Association for Project Management (APM) + Committee Member on the APM’s Programme Management SIG
  •  PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner

In his spare time he endeavours to satisfy cravings for the great outdoors, travel and photography. Enjoying mountain biking, hill walking, bouldering, barefoot trail running, with an occasional scuba diving adventure. He travelled to Peru and Ecuador last year; trekked a few miles shy of 100 miles across the Andes mountain range over an arduous 9 days (ascending as much as 2,600m and descending 2,500m in one gruelling day) and spent an incredible period to the Archipiélago de Colón (Galápagos Islands) where he was attacked by a pelican (apparently mistook his bald head for a large floating sea turtle egg – not just once, but three times).

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