Born in East Africa to British parents Neil was raised and educated in South Africa. After 2 years of military conscription he completed his tertiary education culminating as a Deloitte trained accountant. The next 10 years were spent working for Morgan Stanley in Europe and ABN Amro in the Cayman Islands.
Departing from merchant banking Neil returned to a diving and sailing passion that saw him progress through the size range as Captain on sail and power yachts covering a command spectrum up to a 200-foot Motor Yacht. With the introduction of ever-increasing regulation over the years, Neil stayed at the leading edge throughout his yachting career starting with being the Captain of the first yacht to meet the Large Yacht Code requirements and compliance with the International Safety Management and related Codes.
Since ‘moving ashore’ 14 years ago, Neil has run a boutique and successful Sales, Charter and Yacht Management business in Fort Lauderdale. Married with two children, Neil has his hands full at home with raising young daughters! Amongst his many interest, Neil has a particular passion for yachting, international current affairs, contact sports, snow skiing, and travel.