Hazel has represented the Dorking Hills on Surrey County Council and served as a governor of The Ashcombe School since 1993. She was, until they were abolished, a non-executive director of the Mole Valley Housing Association and a Member of the Surrey Police Authority and served on the Board of Age Concern Surrey and as a Governor of Surrey Hills School.
Hazel is married to Michael and has two grown-up children. She initially worked for the Confederation of British Industry where she developed Education and Training Policy and then qualified as a solicitor specialising in intellectual property litigation. She has also served on the Quaker Council for Social Responsibility and Education.