I've performed for audiences ranging from two people to two thousand, and at all sorts of events—including festivals, school assemblies, staff training days, university lectures, conference keynotes, and more.
🍮Walking on Custard: A talk for anxious humans (and others
After years with anxiety, I realised that it was surprisingly helpful to think about custard. Who knew?!
I've turned my experiences into an amusing talk which explores difficult times through funny stories and practical tips for emotional management.
Norman Lamb, MPThank you for your contribution to raising awareness and understanding of mental health. You are a star!
Vikki RossNeil should be on every conference agenda. He entertained over 200 attendees from around the world at Copy Capital and was one of the most talked about speakers, bravely touching on real issues.
Jo Smith, Health & Wellbeing Lead, Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation TrustNeil's talk at our staff Festival of Wellbeing really hit the spot. Between laugh out loud moments, the room listened in tentative silence to Neil's personal journey to better understanding and living with anxiety. His witty descriptions of mental health really resonated. Many of those attending work in mental health and commented that Neil provided them with real insight and a new perspective. We will never think of custard in the same way again!
Alicia Benito Martinez, European Bank for Reconstruction and DevelopmentGreat content and delivery, and good fun! Addresses serious topics with a great sense of humour, putting us all at ease to discuss a subject that no one discusses openly in the workplace.
Wired Aerial Theatre CompanyHaving Neil speak at our Staff Away Day was a great way to get each team member to reflect on how we think about ourselves and how this can improve wellbeing at work.
Trent UniversityBrilliant... inspiring... Neil created a lasting impression through his incredible humour and helpful advice. Despite the event taking place virtually, Neil was able to reveal his ideas and witty personality through the screen, instantly becoming the fan-favourite at the event!
Rowena Gill, Teacher, Calday Grange Grammar SchoolI would highly recommend Neil as a humorous and inspirational speaker on anxiety and mental health. As well as amusing our sixth form, he gave practical advice on managing emotions in a very relatable way.
Marc Whisker, Head of Year 12, Upton Hall SchoolInformative and very real. Neil's personal challenges were explained using a witty and frank dialogue that the students appreciated. An excellent session.
Fettes College, EdinburghNeil related very well to the students with humorous stories and his down to earth humility. All took something away to think about for the future.
Phillip Arrowsmith, Headteacher, Wirral Hospitals' SchoolEntertaining, light-hearted and truly inspirational to both staff and students. Having worked for 17 years in mainstream education before moving to a specialist mental health provision, I can whole-heartedly recommend Neil to any school.
Emma Pennington, New Brighton PrimaryI would recommend Neil 100%. Every child was engaged, and those with anxiety hung on his every word. Can't wait to have Neil back.
A student, New Brighton PrimaryIt was a very good day. I enjoyed the workshop and Neil gave me advice to help me out with my feelings and emotions. I can now calm myself down and know how to look after myself.
Neston High SchoolNeil was very well received. Parents told us their children had commented positively at home. We would certainly like Neil to do further assemblies in future.
Egremont Primary SchoolThe children really enjoyed Neil coming in to talk about mental health. They were fully engaged, and he managed to make this difficult topic accessible and funny to pupils in both Key Stage 1 and 2. Afterwards, he visited each class to answer questions and discuss any concerns or feelings they had. This was a really positive experience. It's a YES from us!
The Oldershaw AcademyNeil delivered engaging and interesting assemblies to over 800 pupils. He presented challenging subject matter in a style that made it easier for children to talk about mental health issues whilst also garnering smiles and laughs. It was a pleasure to host Neil for assemblies during this week.
Martha, student, Birkenhead Sixth Form CollegeNeil really helped me to appreciate a lot of aspects of poor mental health but his talk was really funny too!
Jen Foden, Mental Health Lead, Birkenhead Sixth Form CollegeNeil's talks are a brilliant way to get across complex problems in an entertaining way. His advice to help combat anxiety is excellent, and we're extremely grateful that he was able to take the time to come and talk to us all.
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I'm currently based in the northwest of England, but I regularly travel all over the UK (and further, if required).