HRMI 2021: Rob Neil, Director, Krystal Alliance

After a 38yr career in the Civil Service, Neil departed the public sector to launch his own consultancy Krystal Alliance [KA], supporting organisations across all sectors to be more inclusive.

Neil was born in Paddington, London and grew up in the London Borough of Brent. He joined the Ministry of Justice, then Lord Chancellors Department in Oct 1983 – starting at Willesden County Court in North London.

Neil was a founding member of the MoJ’s BAME Staff network in 2001, namely P.R.O.U.D. and became the first elected Chair of the Civil Service Race Forum. He was also the founding member of the MoJ’s Employee Engagement Champions Network.

Neil studied at the Civil Service College for two years, gaining a Certificate in Training Practice [CTP] and is a member of CIPD. He has been a Trustee with RELATE for eleven years and also volunteers as the Social Media Director with the Reach Society (@ReachSociety10.)

He was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for “services to race equality in the workplace and the community’

Neil was also the inaugural winner of Investing in Ethnicity’s Workplace Hero Award in Nov 2018.

He lives with his wife and their two children in Harrow, England.


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Rob Neil was ranked 25th on the list of HR Most Influential Thinkers in 2021.