Dr Matthew Hardy

I have known Noel since 2008 when he first worked with the Prince’s Foundation, first in the Projects team and then later in the Education and latterly as Foundation representative in Wales. We taught on a Summer School in Wales together, and I invited him on several occasions to run a Masterclass for our MA in Sustainable Urbanism students. I have found Noel to be an exceptionally thoughtful and careful person, very good in working with and alongside others, and an outstanding mentor for our students, bringing out really excellent results from all students with whom he worked. Noel’s classes were always well prepared and developed from his own individual research on the little-known Mediaeval Zaehringer towns in German-speaking Switzerland. Noel was able to draw out the principles underlying the development of these towns as a series of object lessons in sustainable urban development, with successive classes over 3 years each developing on the basis of his research. Noel was also a tireless and efficient at networking across England and Wales. When our Summer School faced a crisis due to the last-minute unavailability of a planned building site, Noel rolled his sleeves up and was able to find a replacement site within a matter of days. The building that resulted from the Summer School that Noel and I taught, a Band Stand at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, was the most ambitious and impressive building our students ever completed. I have no hesitation in recommending Noel, and would be happy to act as his referee, should he need one.