About Neil

I am a business consultant with over 25 years of practical experience in Project Management and Delivery, Change Management, Business Process Improvement, Customer Service, Training and Education, Sales and Marketing, Account Management, Business Analysis and Information Technology. This experience has been gained in major global organisations including BP, Shell, Toyota and National Australia Bank, as well as in a number of smaller enterprises.

In 2011, I started my own company – XERA – to provide an alternative to the myriad other consulting businesses in the Australian market.

When I was a lot younger than I am now, I met one of my childhood sporting heroes, Kevin Murray (333 games of Australian Rules football with the Fitzroy Football Club), who passed on this piece of advice to me:

You don’t have to be THE best, but you owe it to yourself to be YOUR best

In a broad range of different work and leisure activities, I have dedicated a lot of time to ensuring that I operate at my best so that I can help others – individuals, teams and organisations – to be the very best they can be.

One of my specific areas of interest is the art of networking – so much so that I wrote a book about it. The book is called It IS Who You Know (published in September 2010). The book had a limited print run – very few are still available for sale – but in this digital age, I am pleased to say that you can download a free copy from this web site. Please visit the Book Writer page for more details.

I am a qualified school teacher and have lived in or near Melbourne, Australia all my life, except for a recent nine-month stint in Sydney. I have been fortunate enough to have travelled and worked in nineteen countries across four continents. I have also visited some amazing places in Australia from Geraldton in the West to Byron Bay in the East and from Port Douglas in the North to Huonville in the South.

I am the father of two talented adults. My daughter has completed her under-graduate studies in early childhood development and education and teaches in regional Victoria. My son has recently completed his under-graduate studies and has been accepted for further studies – a Master of Property. He also works part-time at a suburban cinema.

I also host a regular community radio program called Radio Ga Ga on 94.1 3WBC which gives me an opportunity to indulge in another of my great passions – music from the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s, with a specific interest in the Australian music industry. I am also part of our station’s football commentary team and was fortunate enough to call the 2013 VFL Grand Final which saw our local team, the Box Hill Hawks, win the premiership over Geelong. Most recently, after moving to the beautiful seaside city of Geelong, 70kms from Melbourne, I have been able to present a couple of fill-in programs on 94.7 The Pulse.

Apart from all of that, I love watching Australian Rules football (particularly games involving the Brisbane Lions) and cricket and enjoy drinking excellent Australian red wine.