Neil has served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Sudan Relief Fund since 2013, and for the 8 years prior to that served as the Executive Director of the Fund. During his long service to the SRF, Neil has traveled frequently and extensively to the South Sudan. This has provided him the opportunity to develop close working relationships with the bishops both in Sudan and South Sudan: in particular, the President of the Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Eduardo Kussala; and the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Balvo. Neil has also built many effective partnerships with numerous groups working in the country, especially: Solidarity with South Sudan; Aid to the Church in Need; Catholic Medical Missionary Board; and various religious congregations working in the field, such as the Comboni Missionaries, the Jesuits, the Congregation of Christian Brothers, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), and various Franciscan communities.
In his travels throughout South Sudan, Neil personally met with those who are impacted by the civil war. He has had the opportunity to hear many first-hand stories from care givers, doctors, relief aid workers, and local civilians to better understand the country’s most urgent needs and challenges. With the support from donors, Neil is dedicated to providing help, peace, and hope for the future by alleviating immediate humanitarian concerns and aiding in the development of infrastructure necessary for long term growth and stability.