As founder of the Waite Group, Noel is a highly experienced company director and Chairman across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Her past directorships include the Public Transport Corporation of Victoria, the State Training Board in Victoria and Chairman of the Leukemia Foundation and the International Specialised Skills Institute.
Noel became the first woman President of the Australian Institute of Management and has been prolific in her work in Career Development for women and men executives throughout Australia. In 1993, she was elected as an Officer of the Order of Australia for "service to business and management, particularly for advancing the development of women in management". In 2000, she published her first book on career development for women, ‘The Gold Within – Creative Careers for Women’.
In August 2016 Noel was awarded an honorary Doctorate from Swinburne University for her services to business and her promotion of women into Senior Executive and Non-Executive Director positions.
Noel is also an accomplished Artist and Portrait Painter.
Noel is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an honorary Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and, in 2006, was elected to the Australian Graduate School of Management Hall of Fame at Swinburne University. Noel was nominated as one of “Women of Swinburne” International Women’s Day (IWD) Event in March 2016 for her outstanding achievements and work as a member of the Swinburne Community.