Deputy Executive Director and Head of Strategy & Innovation
Education: MA, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Qualified Trainer & Assessor of learning programmes; Diploma in Management, awarded by the Institute of Leadership Management, United Kingdom; PRINCE2, Project Management.
Background information: Neil is Deputy Executive Director at ECNC and is responsible for Strategy & Innovation. In addition to this, Neil coordinates the Large Herbivore Network (LHNet).
Neil graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA awarded with merit. Transferring from Scottish Natural Heritage, where he was part of a small team leading the development of project and partnership working approaches, Neil moved to the Netherlands to work for Eurosite in 2005: from Deputy Director, Neil was appointed as Eurosite’s Head of Network Services in 2010. He oversaw the Natura 2000 Networking Programme and has led the development of numerous networking events, including those in multi-sector environments. Specific areas of interest and expertise include partnership working, project and programme development, and conflict reconciliation.
Over the years, Neil has worked in the education, health and environment sectors. He has extensive experience in supporting the development of people and organisations, through business planning and implementation. He is a member of the Institute of Leadership & Management, a PRINCE2 Project Management practitioner and is qualified as a trainer and assessor of learning and development programmes. For the last 7 years, Neil has actively participated in the European Habitats Forum and, since 2010, in the EC’s Expert Group on Natura 2000 Management. More recently, he has participated in the current New Biogeographic Process, including the Boreal and Atlantic Seminars and preparatory workshops for the Atlantic and Alpine regions.