Neil is the founding Director of the Software Sustainability Institute. Graduating with an MPhys in Computational Physics from the University of Edinburgh, he began his career at EPCC, becoming Project Manager there in 2003. During this time he led the Data Access and Integration projects (OGSA-DAI and DAIT), and collaborated in many e-Science projects, including the EU FP6 NextGRID project.
From 2007-2010, Neil was Director of OMII-UK, which provided and supported free, open-source software to the UK e-Research community. During this period, he was also Technical Manager of the JISC-funded NeISS social simulation project and the Project Manager of the JISC-funded ENGAGE initiative to undertake small, directed interventions in the development of software supporting researchers.
He is presently responsible for representing both the Institute and UK researchers at a national and international level. Within the organisation, he oversees operations, contributes to policy development, develops and manages collaborations, and acts as the principal liaison with stakeholders. His current research is in barriers and incentives in research software ecosystems and the role of software as a research object. He sits on or has sat on several related advisory boards, including the EPSRC e-Infrastructure SAT (incoming Chair); EPSRC STFC SLA Steering Committee; Software Carpentry Foundation Advisory Council (chair); SESC / CCPForge; BIS e-Infrastructure Leadership Council Software Taskforce; BBSRC ENWW-BSC People and Skills Working Group; Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure; ASEArch CCP, Future Compute, the Water Science Software Institute, and e-Research South. He is the co-author of Best Practices in Scientific Computing and An Open Science Peer Review Oath, co-editor of Software Engineering for Science, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Open Research Software.