Noel Daniels – Member

Noel Daniels holds a M.A. in Education Administration and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. As an active life-long learner he participates in short courses on a regular basis. For example, he completed a Fundamentals of Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) short course with CRR Global and is an accredited Assessor for the Education, Training and Development Practices SETA. Currently he is conducting a longitudinal ethnographic study focused on Adult Learning and Poverty for his PhD thesis which is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

He has worked in all levels of the education and training system and in all sectors – business, NGO and government. For the past ten years Noel has been a co-owner and the Managing Director of The Fundamentals Training Centre (See since its inception in 2005. Noel is currently the CEO of Cornerstone Institute, registered as a private higher education institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

As of October 2015, FTC has been incorporated into the Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Economic Transformation of Cornerstone Institute. As part of Cornerstone, FTC has access to extensive resources and capacity, which give us a more competitive edge in the training market.

Noel is actively engaged in a number of leadership and management initiatives. His track record includes lecturing on the University of Cape Town’s Bachelor of Education (Honours) Educational Leadership and Management course and the Advance Certificate in Education: Education Management Leadership Development programme for which he has provided, and continues to provide, project management, planning, lecturing, coaching and mentoring, assessment and moderation services. He is passionate about community development and is fully engaged in FTC’s own Higher Education and Training Certificate (HETC) in Development Practice, aimed at community-based leaders, especially youth and women. He has developed a Youth Development Facilitators training programme for UNICEF, which is currently being implemented by the National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW). Recently, under his leadership, FTC was appointed as the South African representative of the International Youth Foundation (IYF).

 He is the recipient of the United Nations sponsored Karmaveer Award for his contribution to leadership development which he collected in New Delhi, India in November, 2013.

 Noel is also the co-owner of e-Agency, a materials development and publishing consultancy which focuses on education, training and development publications including text books, manuals and online learning materials.

 Currently Noel serves on the boards of two not-for-profit organisations. He is a Trustee of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement who works to build a vibrant democracy in South Africa by strengthening civil society organisations and higher education institutions and developing a strong philanthropic movement. He is Inyathelo’s treasurer. He also serves as an adjudicator for South Africa’s premier philanthropic awards which are convened by Inyathelo   (See

 He is also the Treasurer of Darkroom Contemporary, a physical dance theatre company which focuses on accessible physical theatre, dance film and community outreach.  He actively supports this company in its quest to use arts and culture to address social challenges. (See

 Previously Noel served as Chairperson of African Development Options, an organisation which focused on poverty alleviation and employment creation. In this capacity and as the Training Director, he was instrumental in the creation of Duinepos Chalets – a flagship model for poverty alleviation in South Africa (See

 For the period 2012-2014 Noel was the chairperson of the Cape Chamber of Commerce’s Human Resource Portfolio Committee. Previously he served as chairperson of the Chamber’s Athlone and Cape Flats Branch and currently he is an elected member of the Cape Town chapter’s committee (See He represents the Chamber on the Premier’s Council of Skills.

 As the proud father of a fourteen-year-old girl, Noel is particularly concerned about how we actively realise and build meaningful legacies today, to ensure a sustainable and brighter future for tomorrow’s generations.

 A detailed Curriculum Vitae is available on request. Noel can be contacted at +27 (0) 82 414 4022 or