Noel has been involved with Leave No trace Ireland since 2015, he has completed a PhD in behavioural change regarding outdoor recreation. This research was a result of a significant collaboration between IT Tralee and Leave No Trace Ireland. Noel is a strong believer in the use of education and communication techniques to change behaviour and protect the environment.

Noel is currently working in administration for Leave No Trace Ireland, his duties include the co-ordination of various educational projects being delivered by Leave No Trace Ireland.