Neil was born in 1978 in the UK and then immigrated to New Zealand at a young age where he grew up. He started his yachting career in 2003 on the 46m M/Y No Escape where he spent 6 years, firstly as a Deckhand and later as the Bosun. For the next four years he worked as the Bosun and Ship’s Security Officer on the 63m M/Y Icon, before joining the 40m M/Y Larissa and subsequently M/Y Waverunner each for a year in the capacity of First Mate. He has undertaken various training courses in safety, security and medical care and also holds an Advanced open water diving certificate. He lives in Antibes.
He speaks English and basic Spanish and French.