Noel grew up in Newcastle before undertaking higher studies in Nottingham and London. He was an Assistant Head Teacher West London before returning to the north east to become part of the Headship Team at Kenton School. With an interest in maths education, the use of data to promote progress in schools and closing gaps through effective use of the Pupil Premium, he has a strong desire to work with colleagues to improve student outcomes in areas where there are high levels of disadvantaged students. Prior to working in education Noel was an Athlete Representative and coach, having coached junior and senior athletes at European and World Championships and the Olympic Games. He maintains an interest in how the latest knowledge in high performance sport can be applied to learning in school environments.