Hazel started her career as a Detached Youth Worker within Staffordshire. Upon qualifying as a Social Worker in 2000 Hazel began working for Birmingham Youth Offending Service. Hazel then moved to Stoke-on-Trent Youth Offending Service where she remained for 16 years working her way up the organisation as Senior Practitioner, Team Manager and eventually Head of Service in 2010. Hazel moved to Staffordshire as Head of Staffordshire Youth Offending Service in 2017 and in September 2020 Hazel became the Chair of the Association of YOT Managers (AYM). The AYM promotes public knowledge of youth Justice issues and works with national stakeholders to shape youth justice.