SPFL Representative Director
Neil was the first chair of the Scottish Women’s Premier League in 2022 and now sits as a non-executive member of the SWPL Board. He has been involved in the football industry for 25 years in a series of senior positions. He is currently the Chief Executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, representing all 42 Scottish clubs.
In his SPFL role, he has developed new sources of income for Scotland’s professional clubs through new and enhanced broadcasting deals and the creation of centrally negotiated commercial partnerships. Neil also led the agenda for change that brought about the successful remerger of the two Scottish leagues; introducing a new governance structure, creating play-offs between the Premiership and Championship divisions, redistributing the game’s wealth and creating a ‘pyramid’ structure covering the whole country.
From 1997 to 2009, first as Company Secretary & Head of Operations and then from 2001 as Chief Executive, Neil led the drive to position Norwich City not only as a financially sound organisation, but also one at the heart of its community as a consultative, accessible family club. Under his stewardship turnover and season ticket sales more than tripled.
Neil is an MBA and a qualified solicitor. He is the only person ever to have been a director of both the English Football Association and the Scottish FA and has also served on the boards of the English Football League and the European Leagues. He has sat on the UEFA Legal Committee and is currently a member of UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body.
Neil commented: “The re-structuring of women’s elite football, bringing the top two divisions into the SPFL group, is a hugely exciting development and I am delighted that the SWPL clubs made this decision in 2022. Women’s football has seen worldwide exponential growth in recent years and I am committed to supporting the SWPL delivering new opportunities and accelerating the development of the game here in Scotland.”