Noel has undertaken a number of senior positions within both the public and private sector. Prior to retiring from full-time work in March 2016, he was Director General and Chief Operating Officer of the Department for Work and Pensions. Before this he has been the Chief Executive of the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission and spent four years as the Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). 

Most of his career was spent in the telecommunications industry where he held senior positions in sales, marketing, customer service and general management working at BT, Cable and Wireless, and Virgin Media. 

Noel is also a non-executive Director of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and works as a Business Mentor supporting others to maximise their potential and achieve their career goals.