Neil's truly unique story and deep insight make him a highly desired public speaker.
His rare experiences, acclaimed events and personal achievements have enabled well known companies, global brands and their people to better understand mental health, wellbeing and leadership within their own ranks, both at home and internationally.
Neil’s journey and passion in mental health & well-being stems from his own profound experience of instigating a suicide intervention on London Waterloo bridge after witnessing a stranger attempting to take their own life in 2008.
Neil’s calling began in the fitness industry in 2007, he began his career as a personal trainer, wanting people to improve both their health and their own confidence in themselves
A suicide intervention
On the14th January 2008, walking to work, Neil stopped to talk to a stranger about to take his own life on a busy Waterloo Bridge. That 30 minute conversation would continue to have a profound impact on both Neil and that stranger, yet neither of them would have guessed how much.
Passion into entrepreneurship
By 2009, Neil launched his own business, providing bespoke personal training services to city workers, hosting group fitness sessions and running residential wellbeing retreats. Neil successfully merged his intrigue for understanding mental health with his experience in fitness in a unique way, enabling him to empower his clients to make positive changes.
Six years after the suicide intervention , Neil was reunited with ‘the stranger’, Jonny Benjamin, through the power of social media and they have remained firm friends ever since. In 2014, Neil’s role in the suicide intervention was recognised through a Pride of Britain award, and the following year, Channel 4 told this powerful story in the award-winning ‘Stranger on the Bridge’ documentary, which reached millions of viewers.
Leading mental health awareness
Neil transitioned from personal training to be a leading UK mental health advocate by the end of 2016, both at home and abroad to deliver talks on the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Soon after, he founded 'This Can Happen' in 2017 – an innovative mental health conference tackling challenges in the workplace and bringing solutions to employers and leadership teams.
In 2018, Neil was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bristol University in recognition of his mental health campaigning and advocacy work.<br /> Neil co-founded the charity Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma that same year; a mental health education charity supporting young people.
Talks and Events
by 2019, Neil had completed over 250 keynote speaking events, spanning over 200 different organisations, over 25 different business sectors and in a range of different countries. Combining this with scores of media events over the years and also visiting many NHS trusts, schools and universities in the UK, Neil now had acquired both a unique eduction and eclectic experiences in public speaking
Neil continues to work and advise on health and wellbeing, predominantly in the private sector, helping organisations to recognise, develop and implement effective health and wellbeing strategies locally and internationally within their own ranks. Neil proudly continues an official ambassador position for 2 leading UK mental health charities with his advocacy work.