CEO, Leonard Cheshire
Neil became CEO of international, pan-disability charity Leonard Cheshire in 2016. He lost his sight aged 21 and is a law graduate from Newcastle University.
Highlights of his work include:
- Co-founder of the charity Blind in Business, serving as a Trustee from 1992 to 2018.
- Advisor to the UK Government on the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act.
- Co-Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium comprised of the ten largest disability charities. Their work promotes the rights and interests of 13 million people with disabilities in the UK.
With 25 years in business, Neil held senior leadership roles in the telecoms industry in North America and Europe. He was CEO of Cincinnati Bell Wireless, and Director of CTIA the Wireless Association in the US, and Head of Strategy and General Manager of Retail and online at O2 UK.
In 2002 he was awarded the OBE for services to British Telecommunications and charity. He holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.