Hazel is chairman of FirstCapital, an investment bank with offices in London and Silicon Valley specialising in providing M&A and private equity advice to high growth European technology companies.

Hazel is a member of the Governing Board of Innovate UK, the national innovation agency for the UK. She was previously on the Investment Advisory Panel of the North West Fund, and ran a portfolio of venture capital assets for a European family office.

In 2016 Hazel won the CBI/Real Business First Women in Finance Award, and in 2015 she was awarded the Women in Private Equity Award for Best Woman Corporate Finance Advisor.

Earlier in her career Hazel was based in Hong Kong and London for WI Carr, a leading Asian institutional stockbroker. Hazel has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Hazel was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours in 2017 for services to entrepreneurship and innovation.