Neil recently left BP after 14 years where his most recent role was in the unified command centre in the US, set up to respond to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Neil has more than 25 years' managing public affairs issues and crises that have grabbed the headlines in different parts of the world, helping scores of executives to help them communicate more effectively in support of their businesses.

Neil now runs Alpha Voice Communications.

I'm increasingly pleased with the live CIPR TV format and the questions submitted via the streaming video player, Twitter and Facebook. Without such participation we wouldn't have thought to ask Neil about the internal communications aspects of the BP crisis, for example, although the question about Neil's regard for the controversial (ex-)CEO, Tony Hayward, was to be expected!

Neil's responses are compulsory watching for every PR practitioner imho.