Niell developed an interest in Architecture aged 11 and after completing A-levels, joined SRA Architecture as an apprentice in 1987. Whilst attending Lincoln College on a day release basis to complete courses over the next five years, it was the extensive in-house training that was delivered by senior colleagues that was most valuable. With the retirement of two co-directors in December of 2010 and after much progression prior, he became the Practice’s Managing Director. Niell strives to uphold the core values on which the Practice was founded, to broaden knowledge and understanding of design and construction and to embrace new minds, technologies and advancements within the sector as a whole.