After studies at the University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University, Neil qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978 with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), and in 1983 settled in Orkney where he established his own successful practice. He retired in 2014, and in November 2018 moved to Edinburgh following wife’s most recent appointment.
An experienced non-executive director, he has held trusteeships at the St Magnus Festival, St Andrews Voices, and the Day’s and Atkinson’s Almshouse Charity which was founded in 1828 by his great-great-grandfather, Charles Day. He served as a General Trustee of the Church of Scotland from May 2014 to August 2020.
Neil has a fanatical interest in good music and has been a keen singer since the age of eight, founding and directing the Mayfield Singers in Orkney. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in the City of London. He has been an equally fanatical golfer since the age of thirteen.
Neil’s wife is the Rev Andrea Price, the Minister of St Michael’s Church of Scotland in Edinburgh, and they have three children who have well-established careers in music, fashion design and biotechnology.
Neil was appointed as a Trustee of Hebrides Ensemble in 2022.