Neil graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2002, and completed his higher surgical training in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in 2017. He was awarded his PhD in 2014, for work examining the role of a novel proto-oncogene in the aetiology of thyroid cancer, and continued post-doctoral research in Birmingham while completing his clinical training. He served as President for the Association of Otolaryngologists in Training between 2016 and 2017.

Neil received further advanced Head, Neck, Endocrine and reconstructive surgery training under the internationally renowned surgeons Mr Nick McIvor and Mr John Chaplin in Auckland, New Zealand, before returning in 2018 to the University of Birmingham as a Clinician Scientist and Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham where he has a lead role in the head and neck/thyroid cancer service. He is the deputy Clinical Service Lead for Otolaryngology, overseeing head and neck/thyroid cancer.

Neil has lectured widely on the subject of head and neck/thyroid cancer. He has a strong clinical and translational research focus on thyroid cancer, and has a significant research portfolio on qualitative research in head and neck cancer as well as global surgery to improve outcomes for head and neck malignancies.