After graduating from Bristol’s School of Law in 1992, Neil passed his LPC examinations at the University of the West of England before joining a large commercial law firm in the region and qualifying as a solicitor. After working on deals involving Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers Football Clubs, he went on to become Company Secretary and in-house solicitor at Norwich City Football Club plc in 1997, before being rapidly promoted, first to Head of Operations and then, in 2001, to Chief Executive. Under his leadership, the club achieved promotion to the Premier League for the 2004–5 season, and in 2007 it was named Championship Family Club of the Year.
Neil has also been active in football’s governing bodies. He was elected onto the board of the Football League in 2006 and became a member of the Football Association Council the same year. In 2008, Neil was appointed to the FA’s main board.
In 2009 Neil stepped down from his roles at Norwich City, the Football League and the FA and became Chief Executive of the Scottish Premier League. In his new role, Neil is focused on improving the league for the benefit of Scotland’s premier 12 clubs, increasing attendances across the league and creating commercial partnerships that will drive more money into Scottish football.
At Bristol, I made friendships that have stood the test of time. I am grateful for the opportunity to have studied in such a wonderful, vibrant city and at such a prestigious and well-respected university.
Neil Doncaster (LLB 1992)