Be gentle on yourself.
Noel Derbyshire is the founder of our company and was its driving force for over 30 years. Noel is a great family man and started this family company with his wife Kerri. He brought a rich understanding of the contemporary building process and the building industry.
Since his teenage years, Noel has spent much of his time working with his hands. From rebuilding the engines on his Kombi vans, creating pieces of furniture and renovating properties, to even shaping and glassing surfboards ahead of his trips to Phillip Island.
In the late 1970s when he was 22, Noel went to a new level and built his family’s first home in the coastal Victorian town of Barwon Heads. More than 40 years on and it’s this same ambition and innovation from which the character of Derbyshire is carved.
Noel’s experience and expertise in the building industry and his belief in quality and customer relations, is what our business is based on and is integrated into everything we do. Noel is one of the few builders to complete the Master Builders Green Living Program and is committed to the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable building practices.
Noel sadly passed away in 2019 after a challenging battle with cancer. He was just 66 at the time. He is and will continue to be greatly missed by all who met him but none more-so than his family; his wife, four children and his eleven grandchildren. RIP Noel.