Noel Preston is currently Adjunct Professor in the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University and part-time lecturer affiliated to Charles Sturt University through St Francis' Theological College, Brisbane. He retired in November 2004 as the founding Director of the Unitingcare Centre for Social Justice.
Previously (from 1987–2001) he held senior academic positions at Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University in the fields of Applied and Professional Ethics. He is a regular public commentator on social ethics and widely published as an ethicist. He has authored or co-authored seven books.
In 2004 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the community in the field of ethics. In his capacity as a social justice campaigner since the early 1970s and as a Minister of the Uniting Church he has previously held leadership roles in various church social justice portfolios including inaugural Convenor of the Uniting Church’s Commission on Social Responsibility, Queensland Director of Action for World Development and Executive Officer of the Victorian Synod Division of Social Justice.
In retirement he is now Minister in Association of the West End Uniting Church. He has been the founding Chair/Convenor of the Queensland social action groups Concerned Christians (1976), People for Nuclear Disarmament (1983), Citizens Against Corruption (1988). He is currently a director of the National Centre for an Ethical Society and Member of the Advisory Panel of Green Cross Australia. In 2006 he published a memoir/social history Beyond the Boundary: a memoir exploring ethics, politics and spirituality, Zeus Publications.
In 2014 Noel published Ethics: with or without God, Mosaic Press.