After joining Brunel University London in October 2016 as an HR Consultant to support with a business change project provision for the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences, Hazel is currently an Associate Director in the Human Resources team, and heads up the Rewards, Recognition and Payroll functions.
Hazel has worked in Higher Education in the UK and the Middle East over the last 10 years, and previously spent 25 years working and living in the sunny climes of South Africa. She has an MSc in Human Resources Management from Edinburgh Napier University, an HRMPR from the University of South Africa, and is both Member of the CIPD (MCIPD), and Associate of CIPP.
Hazel takes the ‘people’ factor very seriously, in both her work and many interests, having undertaken counselling for victims of domestic abuse and violence as part of her earlier studies, which led to an inexhaustible interest in relationships and how people communicate. She completed a further course in psychotherapy to feed this interest and believes strongly in the value of exploring communication to gain positive results and developments in every aspect of work and home life.
Not only does she have a passion for people, Hazel also supports a number of animal welfare initiatives, having started and run a charity in South Africa in the interests and protection of feral cats. She has an adoring greyhound and two cat furbabies, which she and her partner revolve their lives around.