Hazel joined British Patient Capital as an independent Non-executive Director in June 2019. Hazel is the co-founder and Chair of FirstCapital, an investment bank which provides mergers and acquisitions, private equity and growth capital advice to high-growth technology companies. Until 2023 Hazel was a member of the Future Fifty advisory panel for Tech Nation, the leading programme for scale-up companies in the UK, and she is also an Advisory Board Member of Tech Nordic Advocates, the largest ecosystem for tech companies in the Nordic/Baltic region. She was previously a Governing Board member of Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency, from 2012 to 2018, and served on the Investment Advisory Panel of the North West Fund from 2010–2013.
Hazel was awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to entrepreneurship and innovation. She won the CBI/Real Business First Women in Finance award in 2016 and the Women in Private Equity Award for Best Corporate Finance Adviser in 2015.