Rob Neil OBE

Rob joined the Ministry of Justice (then Lord Chancellors Department) in 1983, working his way up to become Deputy Court Manager, before going on to join the South Eastern Circuit I.T. Team. In 1998 Rob landed his dream job as a Development Trainer with Corporate HR. Soon after he became a founding member of the MoJ’s BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) Staff network, and was the first elected Chair of the Civil Service Race Equality Network – now known as the Civil Service Race Forum.

Over the past fifteen years, Rob has continued his MoJ career in HR. He has been responsible for the planning, development and implementation of number of important Employee Engagement and Diversity programmes across the whole MoJ Family (including courts, tribunals, prisons and the Legal Aid Agency). He now chairs the MoJ’s Diverse Leaders Taskforce in support of the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.

In 2016 Rob was included in the ‘New View 50’, which recognises influential BAME professionals in the public sector, and was chosen to lead the MoJ’s Race Project – an inward facing programme aimed at supporting the department’s published Diversity & Inclusion objectives.

He is a member of the Civil Service Future Leaders Scheme and earlier this year became the inaugural winner of Investing in Ethnicity’s Workplace Hero Award. He has been a Trustee of RELATE for ten years, and also volunteers as the Social Media Director with the Reach Society.

Most recently, Rob was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for services to race equality in the workplace and the community and received his gong from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in May of this year.