Neil has been Director of our Theatre and Dance team since 2012. He is responsible for managing the team and leading the performing arts programme across the British Council’s global network. He leads on the British Council’s partnership with Unlimited, the UK’s commissioning programme for disability arts. He is on the programming panel for the Made in Scotland showcase and chairs the panel for the biennial Edinburgh Showcase. He also sits on the Advisory Committee for the IETM International network for contemporary performing arts.
Previous roles with the British Council include the Arts Manager in Taipei, Director Arts for China and the Regional Arts Director for East Asia. Before joining the British Council, Neil worked for Visiting Arts, where he helped to organise the first Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) with an arts and cultural focus in London in 1998.
Neil is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (Politics and Japanese) and City University in London (Arts and Cultural Management). He also trained in ballet and contemporary dance and is a 2006/7 Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme.