Neil qualified in 1980 after studying at Bristol University. He lived and worked in London for 7 years before moving home to Ipswich in 1985 where he was soon joined by his old university colleague Jon Pattle. They formed their small practice (Poole & Pattle) in 1987. For 31 years they operated from offices in Ipswich town centre, during which time they designed numerous housing, education, leisure and commercial projects.
In recent years Neil has spent the majority of his time delivering projects to tight deadlines for the rapidly expanding estate of Lidl UK throughout the south east. He has brought that specialised expertise with him to KLH where the greater capacity of the business will make it possible to answer the growing demands of the company.