Carrick Branch of RAF Association has again topped the Wings Appeal fund raising league for the whole of the United Kingdom!
Councillor Noel Williams represents the Knockagh District, which stretches from Clipperstown through Woodburn, Sandringham, Trooperslane to Greenisland, on Carrickfergus Borough Council, having taken up his seat in June 2012. Since then he has been tirelessly working to ensure the residents of the Knockagh Ward receive the highest standard of representation on the Council. He serves on a variety of committees whilst retaining an interest in every aspect of the Council's remit.
He was brought up in Sunnylands, Carrickfergus; attended Sunnylands Primary School and was educated at the old Carrickfergus Technical College before entering the Royal Air Force as a technician.
Noel was later commissioned as a pilot and having gained his 'Wings' flew a variety of aircraft including the Hercules transport aircraft. He travelled all over the world and enjoyed postings throughout the UK as well as tours of duty in the Middle East, Cyprus and Malta, attaining the rank of Wing Commander before leaving the Service. He is delighted to have retained friendships from all over the UK as well as many he made whilst serving abroad.
After leaving the Royal Air Force, Noel was appointed as Head of the Energy Saving Trust in Northern Ireland. In this capacity he worked to ensure that householders in Northern Ireland were educated in the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable technology in an effort to reduce their carbon emissions. Noel held a ministerial appointment as the Chair of the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, in which capacity he advised the Minister for Social Development on issues relating to Fuel Poverty. He continues to have a keen interest in domestic energy and Fuel Poverty issues.
Noel is a keen supporter of serving and ex-servicemen and women; as the Wings Appeal Organiser for the Carrickfergus Branch of the RAF Association he organises the annual 'Wings Appeal' campaign and the Battle of Britain Remembrance Parade and Church Service in September each year.
In addition to being an Alliance Councillor, Noel is Head of Operations for the Party's East Antrim Constituency Office where he helps constituents on a daily basis with whatever representation they may need. Noel firmly believes in Alliance's shared future policy and through his work in Carrickfergus, hopes to create a more tolerant society in which all people of all backgrounds can live in an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding.
Noel is married to Sheila, with whom he has two children, both in secondary education in Carrickfergus.