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Neal Skelton

Member of the Transport Policy Panel

Neal Skelton

Neal Skelton is Head of Professional Services at ITS (UK); an appointment he assumed following previous service as a Royal Marines Commando Officer and a thirty year police career with Dorset and Northumbria Police forces. As Head of Professional Services at ITS (UK), Neal is responsible for providing the technical expertise needed to fulfil ITS (UK)’s aims to increase the take-up of ITS solutions within the UK, and promote UK ITS capability abroad. In addition Neal is a Director of innovITS for whom he sat until recently the interim-Chairman.

His operational policing career was extremely varied and in addition to inner-city policing he held a number of specialist posts as a counter-terrorist adviser, criminal investigation officer, motor patrols supervisor, police instructor and law trainer, railways policing and air operations in addition to a number of forcewide strategic, corporate and operational planning roles.

Neal’s police career included a long-term secondment at the Home Office’s Police Scientific Development Branch (PSDB – now HOSDB) where, as a Police Adviser, he had responsibilities for reporting between ACPO and the Home Office on a diverse range of topics such as Digital Imaging in the Criminal Justice System, Crime Reduction, Crime Prevention, Roads Policing, Air Support and latterly ITS. 

In conjunction with a scientist colleague Neal published a series of publications on the implications that ITS technologies would bring to the Police Service, becoming influential drivers for the promotion of ITS technologies within the Home Office and Police Service, including ACPO ITS.

Prior to his police service Neal was a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Marines Commandos with active service experience and operational deployments throughout Europe, including Arctic Warfare Training.

His qualifications include an MA, Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, Diploma in Business Excellence, Certificate and Total Quality Management. He is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and is also a Fellow of Bramshill Police Staff College.