Neville’s passion throughout his life (besides being an enthusiastic sportsman – he still plays a mean game of tennis) has been education.
He graduated from the Johannesburg College of Education in 1962, and thereafter taught Mathematics and Geography at various South African schools and in England. In 1975 he was appointed Vice-Principal at Mondeor High School in Johannesburg, and in 1979 became Principal at Lyttleton Manor High School. He has been marking matric papers since 1977.
While teaching others, he also bettered his own education, completing courses in management training in education, management and skills techniques and achieving a post-graduate BA Honours degree in 1987.
Between 1993 and 1997, Neville served as a Superintendent for the Department of Education in the West Rand. With the advent of democracy in South Africa, Neville was appointed as a member of a two-man commission to evaluate four education departments (black, white, coloured and indian) and to formulate a strategy to establish one, multiracial department with a suitable examination system.
In 1995, he was seconded to resolve conflicts in school management in Dobsonville, Meadowlands, Zola and Kagiso. He was also appointed to a Board of Commissioners to evaluate the credibility of the matriculation examination.
In 1997, Neville was appointed as a consultant to Mintek and developed and expanded the MAP programme. By 1998, the MAP College had outgrown the capacity that Mintek could offer, and this led to Neville registering a non-profit trust called Edumap Education Development Trust.
Between 1998 and 2004, Edumap College was located in the Johannesburg College of Education Campus. It was aimed at the upgrading of mathematics and physical science by providing academic enrichment courses to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The College relocated to a campus adjacent to Jeppe High School for Boys in Johannesburg, in 2005, where it continues to do excellent work based on a transition model from secondary school level to tertiary level. This has ensured a 99% success rate at tertiary for the students who have attended Edumap College.
Neville was appointed a trustee of the South Deep Education Trust and the South Deep Community Trust in 2014, and was elected chairman of both trusts in 2016