Noel has over 35 years of experience working in the field of educational disadvantage and has been at the forefront of many of the positive initiatives that have been developed to address educational disadvantage. He took up his current role of Director of Educational Welfare Services with Tusla in 2016. Noel started his career as a primary school teacher in Darndale and became one of the first Home School Community Liaison Coordinators in Ireland in the early 1990’s, he developed and managed an 8-15 Early School Leavers Initiative, worked as Education Manager with Northside Partnership, where he developed and managed the Preparing for Life programme. This was an evidence based prevention and early intervention programme co-funded by Government and The Atlantic Philanthropies. Noel has also served as a director and chairperson on a number of local and national boards in the education, community and state sectors.