Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise
Greenbank Building, GR51
+44 (0) 1772 89 4651
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Neil has been involved in a wide range of accounting work – ranging from all types of auditing, through management and project accounting and treasury management. Before entering academic life his role for 15 years was as a specialist recovery auditor within the retail sector. He has a Computer Science and Accounting degree from Manchester University and a DMS and PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from UCLan. He works as an Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University Management School.
A qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA - 1982 FCA – 1996), Neil has been involved in a wide range of accounting work – ranging from all types of auditing, through management accounting and treasury management. Even being project accounting controller based in what is now Vernon Building for the largest building designers in the UK.
Before entering academic life his role for 15 years was as a specialist recovery auditor within the retail sector.
He has a BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Accounting Honours degree from Manchester University (1979) and Diploma in Management Studies (DMS – 1996) and teaching certificates from UCLan. He has worked as a tutor and lecturer at Lancaster University Management School and is currently an Honorary Teaching Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Current teaching modules are Accounting Information Systems and Control Issues & Enterprise Management at Undergraduate level. Whilst on the Masters in Accounting and Financial Management, the Project and Relationship Management, Business Case Study and Business Processes with SAP ERP systems are taught.
The desire is to increase the amount of practical based teaching and learning with real world accounting systems, and make them relevant to accounting studies. To this end Neil is involved with the SAP University Alliance and has successfully replicated this with the new CIMA/Sage software courses.
Throughout his career he has been involved in professional training – marking for all four of the major UK professional bodies. Additionally he acted as a subject matter expert for the AAT in external auditing, performance management and budgeting, which involved the preparation of teaching and learning material.
He is currently serving on the Chartered Accountants in the North West committee, as well as the District Technical Advisory committee.
Neil’s research focusses on the teaching of Computerised Accounting Information Systems and the resulting benefits in terms of enhanced employability skills for graduates. This also includes the area of Data Analytics, where there is also a recognised shortfall in candidate and employee skills.