Neville has accrued nearly 40 years in the sector, starting on the forest floor and then moving into arboriculture and management. A degree in forestry at the National School of Forestry followed, including a year with the Forestry Commission and study in Northern California. While doing post-graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh he worked in woodland management, writing management plans and developing large scale native woodland creation schemes. He then moved on to work for the Institute of Chartered Foresters, developing forest policy, before coming to Cumbria Woodlands. Neville has a variety of non-executive roles; with the Institute of Chartered Foresters, currently focussed on the direction of land management payments, and with the Environment Agency where he chairs the Finance committee that has oversight of the region's flood defence budget. Neville is a frequent guest lecturer and advisor to the National School of Forestry. When not at work he can be found enjoying the outdoors on his bike, canoe, skis or in his fell shoes, often with his family.