Neil has been an independent transport economist since 1992. He obtained a PhD from Leeds University researching Margaret Thatcher’s transport deregulation with his thesis published by Gower Press. Neil started his consultancy career working for British Rail and London Transport’s joint venture and undertook studies in ten countries. Neil then worked in Indonesia training government officials in road economics before emigrating to NZ where he cycled the length of the country, built and owned a café (which went on to be awarded the best cafe in NZ and the most popular in Wellington) before planting a fruit and nut farm and becoming Chairperson of the Wairarapa Tree Crops Association. In the meantime, Neil has continued to work as an independent transport economist undertaking over eighty assignments in Australia. Neil did the patronage and economics forecasts for East Coast High Speed Rail, the economic appraisal of the North West Rail Link, market research for the CBD –South East LRT, estimated the value of travel time for NSW used in road and public transport appraisals, updated the public transport demand parameters used by Australian governments in transport appraisal, peer reviewed economic appraisals and demand forecasts and provided advice to Infrastructure NSW and Infrastructure Australia.