Hazel has over a decade of experience working in both the arts and in heritage. A longstanding interest in placemaking and traditional construction methods led her to a postgraduate degree in Architectural Conservation at the University of Edinburgh. Currently Hazel works for Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) as their Policy and Strategy Manager and is Festival Director at Hidden Door Arts.
Previously Hazel has held various roles at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), and has worked collaboratively with stakeholders and the wider heritage and built environment sectors.
Hazel’s main professional drivers lie in understanding what makes good places and thriving communities, specifically understanding and advocating for the role of heritage and culture, and how good policy can support and underpin this. As Director of the Edinburgh arts festival Hidden Door, these professional interests are combined with her passion for the arts and community-led initiatives.