After university Neil worked in the restaurant and hotel sector until he founded Compass Spirits in 1987.
Neil specialises in importing spirits directly from family owned chateaux, domains and producers throughout Europe.
His areas of expertise include cognac, armagnac, calvados and gin.
Quality distillation and the sourcing of ingredients are a lifelong passion and he is a keen supporter of the independent spirits sector in the UK.
A member of the Distillers Livery Company he is also a former chairman of The West of England Wine and Spirit Association.
A writer on the spirits trade, Neil has also led wine tasting groups to the Loire, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Alsace, Rioja and Italy.
He is a keen testudinalologist in his spare time.