Arts Council England
Hazel Edwards appointed South East Area Director
We're very pleased to welcome Hazel Edwards to the Arts Council. Hazel will be our new South East Area Director from March 2021.
Hazel has enjoyed a 30-year career working in and with the cultural and creative industries in two regions – the North East and the South West. For the past six and a half years she has led research in arts, humanities and education at Durham University and the University of the West of England in Bristol. She originally trained as a social history curator and worked in museums and art galleries in the North East for 25 years.
She was also the first woman to lead Discovery Museum, the large science and industry museum in Newcastle upon Tyne, and sat on the Museums Association Board for three years. In 2015 she became a Fellow of the Museums Association in recognition of her contribution to the sector.
Hazel yesterday said:
“Arts Council England and its talented staff have been constant partners throughout my career and I have long nurtured an ambition to work for the organisation. The Area Director role aligns my university, local authority and cultural sector experience in one role, and I’m really excited to join colleagues, arts leaders, practitioners and stakeholders in the South East in March.”
Hazel will be joining us from 1 March 2021, and we're looking forward to welcoming her then.
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