Neal has 21 years’ experience working in the sport, recreation and open space industry. Neal has held a number of different positions with government organisations at all levels, including Federal, State, Territory and Local Government, as well as some short stints with private companies. After completing a 21-year career with the Australian Regular Army Neal went on to become a Recreation Planner with the Queensland Government, followed by working with the Directorate of Sport with the Act Government, Sport and Recreation Coordinator with Campbelltown City Council in Sydney, where he undertook recreation, play and open space planning duties whilst also managing the Sport and Recreation team, then down to Parks Victoria where he was the Parks Planner, then Sport and Recreation Project Manager with Glenorchy City Council in Hobart and then Recreation & Landscape Planner at Waverley Council in Sydney.
Neal has sat on the PLA National Advisory since 2012, providing policy direction and guidance to the industry through PLA. Neal is also one of the first Australian’s to receive the Certified Parks & Leisure Professional (CPLP) industry certification from the University of Indiana.