Neil is responsible for the day-to-day running of Input Media, one of the UK’s leading sports production companies. He leads a management team of six and is actively involved in all areas of the company, from finance to strategy and production operations. His background is in sports production and journalism. He leads pitches for most areas of new business, overseeing the writing of complex tenders and heading up presentations.
Neil took over as Input Media MD in October 2011 having joined the company as Head of Programmes in 2007. An experienced producer and newspaper journalist, Neil began his career in local papers in 1980 after graduating from Birmingham University. He worked in Fleet Street as a sports reporter/sub-editor with Reuters from 1982, reporting on a host of major sports events around the world and enjoying an 18-month posting to New York and then Canada.
He moved into television in 1990 with the launch of satellite TV provider British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB), and then joined the BBC in 1992 as Sports Editor/Producer on Breakfast News. Neil returned to satellite TV in 1994, joining Sky Sports as Executive Producer of golf, taking charge of Sky’s coverage of their first two Ryder Cups in 1995 and 1997, and steering the golf team to an RTS award. In 1998, Neil was appointed Head of Broadcasting at British Eurosport, overseeing the launch of one of the first digital sports channels in the UK, before going freelance in 2002 to work on big-event productions in the independent sector – a road which eventually led to Input Media.
In an exciting 35-year career, Neil has worked at nine Olympic Games since his first in Los Angeles in 1984 and last at London 2012, reported on world title fights in Las Vegas, New York and London, and produced TV coverage of golf and tennis majors on both sides of the Atlantic. He was Executive Producer of Input Media’s World Cup operations in Brazil in 2014 and has produced live TV coverage and studio programming around a range of other sports including motorsport, athletics and, of course, football for some of the UK's leading production companies and broadcasters.