Noel joined the Commercial Division in 1997 and brought with him a wealth of experience as a self-employed businessman and world traveller.
From 1970 to 1985 Noel was involved on the offshore oil industry. He worked in many locations including the North Sea (U.K. and Norwegian sections), Labrador, Egypt, Spain, Zaire, India, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. He was a senior driller who lectured in well control and blow-out prevention.
Since 1985 Noel has owned and successfully operated a farm, retail businesses and a popular fine dining restaurant. Currently he is the co owner of a Bed & Breakfast. Noel enjoys sailing and is often found in the Mediterranean sailing his yacht "Roaring Meg".
- 2013 - 10 Year Service Award
- 2004 - Top Commercial Individual - Commission (NZ) January - June - No. 2