Community Development


Neil is a senior consultant and advisor to Murabbi. He is well known as Britain’s most experienced community organiser and was Executive Director of Citizens UK for some 30 years.

His training and consulting expertise spans leadership development, negotiation and influencing skills, understanding power, ethical leadership, campaigning skills, social cohesion and community development.

In his three decades of service to broad-based community organising, Neil has played a central part in establishing the nation’s largest, most diverse and most powerful civil society alliance, representing over half a million people across England and Wales. With a small group of Trustees and funding from the Barrow Cadbury Trust, he founded the charity, now known as Citizens UK, in 1989. Citizens UK now has a membership network of over 350 institutions, drawn from different faith and educational establishments, trade unions and voluntary associations – all working together at a local and national level to win change for the common good.

He is also known for creating the Living Wage campaign in 2001 and is also widely hailed for its social justice work relating to issues such as housing, crime prevention, the cost of borrowing, immigration, hate crime, unemployment, mental health and social care.

Neil is based in London and is authoring a book on his experiences of leading change in society.

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