Neville was born in Wauchope NSW and educated at Wauchope Primary and High Schools before attending Sydney University where he graduated in Economics and Law.

Following his graduation in 1981 Neville worked as an employed Solicitor in Wauchope for 18 months prior to commencing employment with Hastings Credit Union Ltd (later known as Holiday Coast Credit Union Ltd) on 28 March 1983, becoming General Manager on 3 February 1988. Neville retired as CEO on 1 July 2019 the day that the Credit Union merged with Regional Australia Bank. Neville continues as a Director of Regional Australia Bank.
On 30 September 2019 Neville returned to his Legal career and became an owner Principal in the Law Practice Donovan Oates & Hannaford Port Macquarie.
Neville has extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate governance, management and financial accounting, credit union and community development, risk management as well as legal and compliance.
Neville is a Rotarian through membership of the Rotary Club of Wauchope, which he joined in October 1981. Neville is the current Club Treasurer, having been President again in 2017-2018. Prior terms as President were in 2011-2012, 2002-2003 and 1984-1985 as well as holding most if not all the Club Officer positions throughout this period. 
In May - June 2001 Neville was selected as a Group Study Exchange Team leader and led a Team from D9650 to D5440 Northern Colorado, Wyoming & Western Nebraska in USA. This truly opened Neville’s eyes to the internationality of Rotary.
Since 2001, Neville has served Rotary in D9650 on many Committees including Finance Committee, Resolutions Committee, Management Committee, Membership Committee, Group Study Exchange Committee and as an Assistant Governor.
Neville was District Governor for D9650 during the 2009-2010 Rotary and was supported by his then partner and now wife Patti Parsons who herself became a Rotarian in June 2009.
Currently Neville is the D9650 District Finance Committee Chairman and District Trainer.
Neville is a Board Member and Deputy Chairman of the Mid North Coast Local Health District as well as Chairman of that Board’s Finance & Performance Committee.
Neville since February 2012 has been a Board member of NSW Life Education.
Neville is also a member of the Charles Sturt University Regional Advisory Committee for Port Macquarie Campus.
On 25 January 2015, Neville was honoured to be named Port Macquarie Hastings Council’s 2015 Citizen of the Year.