Noel is an entrepreneurial business manager and innovation specialist, with a track record of success in realising commercial value from innovation.
He has recently assumed the role of Vice President Commercialisation at Ploughshare Innovations, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), where he is responsible for commercialising the intellectual property generated from its research in order to deliver commercial and social good. He is continuing his involvement with Orion Innovations as Non-Executive Director.
Noel was previously a Founding Director of Orion Innovations, where he acted as mentor, interim manager and consultant in order to successfully guide new businesses through start-up and early stage development, and helped to turn-around and grow established businesses through market diversification, new ventures creation, and acquisition. Noel worked with academic and public sector research bodies and businesses to initiate and nurture research and innovation, identify and evaluate commercial options, and prepare for commercial exploitation. Noel also worked extensively with government bodies, NGOs and innovation agencies to foster and accelerate innovation and growth by establishing, monitoring and refining innovation infrastructure, programmes and interventions.
Noel has particular expertise in the low carbon, renewable energy, and process industries, and is well-connected with relevant investors, businesses and policy-makers within these sectors.
Prior to joining Orion Innovations, Noel was a founding member and Senior Manager of a fuel cell technology business. Noel was responsible for business development and corporate management activities.