Johnson started his career in the British Army, having trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He then held a number of senior roles within Lex Service Group, British Leyland, Jaguar and Land Rover. He was then seconded to the Ministry of Defence and commanded the 4th Battalion.
Johnson has previous business experience as the chairman of model and toy company Hornby plc; aerospace and defence engineering company Umeco plc; professional services company RSM Tenon Group plc; and telematics company Cybit plc; CEO of the RAC; director of the British Aerospace; director general of the Engineers Employers Federation and founder of the British-American Business Inc.
Letter to the Telegraph
On 1 April 2015 Johnson was one of 103 business leaders who wrote to the Telegraph praising the British Conservative Party's economic policies and claiming a Labour government would 'threaten jobs and deter investment' in the UK.
- Business Growth Fund Neil Johnson, accessed 3 April 2015.
- Peter Dominiczak, 100 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain's recovery, Telegraph, 3 April 2015.