Canon Neville Black MBE the current member secretary of the Old Bootleians Association left the Grammar School in 1953 and held positions as Junior Clerk at the City Treasury in Liverpool, as Tax Officer with the Inland Revenue, as RAF Nurse during national service and finally in the Taxation Department of Martins Bank before being selected fro training for the ordained ministry of the Church of England in 1961, after marrying Val Winter from the Girls School in 1960.
Neville served his curacy in the Netherfield Area of Everton and then became Vicar of St George’s Everton [the iron church] in 1969. During his time there he worked with David Sheppard to set up, part-time an innovative national training project focused on inner city congregations in most of the major city urban areas. In 1981 David Sheppard had become Bishop of Liverpool when he asked Neville to set up another innovative Team Ministry , St Luke in the City in the south side of the city centre , including China Town, Abercrombie, and Picton, which attempted to bring together Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic congregations. In 1984 David Sheppard invited him to set up another urban training project, on a part-time basis, but this time focused on the urban priority parishes in the diocese of Liverpool.
He remained at St Luke in the City until he retired in 2004, but was able to be heavily involved in community affairs in the parish as well. He chaired the City of Liverpool YMCA in Mount Pleasant, and also The Liverpool Housing Trust during his final years in the parish.
Since his retirement he has become more involved in charitable work. Currently he serves as chair of Compass Counselling on Merseyside, on the boards of Emmaus Housing, due to open a 24 person hostel in Seaforth in 2015, and Safe Productions based in the St Mary Complex off Strand Road, aiming to create a marina for narrow boats centred on the Little Merton Pub in 2015/16.
He is married with three adult daughters.