My biggest driving force is an overriding desire to succeed in all I do, this passion converts to real-world commitment and determination, Neil Barnfather, adaptive innovator.

Neil Barnfather MBE, a philanthropreneur from the Buckinghamshire area of England, runs multiple businesses, is a keen political commentator, an avid social entrepreneur, and, through utilising this experience, an independent consultant.

Neil was invested as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list (2014). He also received a Special Merit Award in the Serial Entrepreneur category of the inaugural Great British Entrepreneur Awards (2013), is listed on the Power 100 (2014/15/16), and is currently ranked 10th in the business category on The List – Britain’s most influential and powerful disabled people as collated by DNS.

Services consultant & advocate

    Benefit from:
  • 15 years’ hands on leadership experience
  • Problem solving expertise founded in a unique perspective
  • First hand feedback regarding accessibility of your products & services
  • Access to a broad network of individuals with a wide range of skills
  • Audit and Assurance Committee and/or Board facilitation

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Neil joined the research and development department at Nokia Research Centre (NRC) Finland in 1998. Debuting as a member of a small team of only seven people within two weeks, he found himself promoted to team leader. Two months later, he was head of research overseeing the development of the NRC6 and leading a team of 80 product experts.

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  • 1998 joined NRC
  • $15 million spending budget
  • 520 employees
  • $41 billion patent portfolio


Neil was an inspiring mentor on our bus at Warwickshire College and at Oxford and Cherwell Valley College where he had the students spellbound by his words of wisdom about how to set up a business. His cheerful character lifted their spirits while delivering real advice that gave them food for thought. His passion and enthusiasm shone through and was infectious. When can you hop onto our bus again soon Neil?