Education and Non Executive Adviser
Neil's career has combined farming, business, education and politics. A former County Councillor in Northumberland, he was elected as Member of Parliament for Stroud in 2010. He was elected as a member of the Education Select Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee in 2010, and was appointed Chair of the Education Select Committee in 2015. In that role he challenged a number of assumptions (and his own Party’s policies) and oversaw a range of inquiries into Multi Academy Trusts, special educational needs and the productivity gap; a role for which he won widespread support across the education community and the political spectrum.
Neil's upcoming book, Progressive, Productive, Proper: A new reform agenda for Education, will look at how an education system delivering an innovative, fair, competitive and resilient economy for the future might be created. It is due to be published in Spring 2018. Neil has contributed to a number of Wild Research publications, three of which focus on Education Governance. He chairs the think tank Modern Europe and the Conservative Group for Europe.
The Founder and former Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Education Governance and Leadership, he is a graduate of Nottingham University and a former lecturer in post war politics.