Dr George Hazel OBE - Curriculum Vitae


Current Position: 
Director, George Hazel Consultancy

Year of Birth: 1949

Nationality: Scottish/British


Professional Status:

Languages: English, Basic French and German

Dr Hazel has extensive experience in all aspects of transport and communications, both urban and rural. He has specific expertise from around the world in strategic planning and policy development, the integration of transport with other related areas, the prioritization of projects with respect to economic, environmental and social objectives and innovative funding of transport infrastructure. He has studied all forms of transport policy in many countries, both the successful and the unsuccessful and has gained a detailed insight into the key issues and influences. He has worked in the public, private and academic sectors at a senior level and has acted as advisor to the European Union, the Academy of Sustainable Communities, the Commission for Integrated Transport, Transport for London, the Queensland State Government, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region, the City of San Diego and many Government agencies around the UK. He is currently advising Scottish Enterprise on Smart Mobility as their Smart Mobility Network Integrator and has worked on the development of this programme for the past two years. He has recently been re-appointed as Smart Mobility Network Integrator for a further 2 years with a focus on delivering the national smart mobility programme. He has published a book on Making Cities Work and has presented at a large number of conferences around the world. He is currently working on the development of future mobility systems based on integrating the principles of transport planning, retailing, product design, energy and ICT systems.


Career Summary

2012 – present
Director, George Hazel Consultancy

2005 – 2012 
Chairman, MRC McLean Hazel, the MMM Group

2001 - 2004
Director, McLean Hazel Ltd

1999 – 2004
Professor, Centre for Transport Policy, The Robert Gordon University

1996 – 1999
Director of City Development, The City of Edinburgh Council

1993 - 1996
Director of Transportation, Lothian Regional Council

1990 - 1993
Transportation Planning Associates - Edinburgh, Executive Director responsible for Scotland and for Private Sector initiatives throughout the UK and overseas

1986 - 1990
Napier University, Head of Department of Civil Engineering, and Professor of Transportation Engineering

1983 - 1986
Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh, Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering

1979 - 1983
Napier Polytechnic of Edinburgh, Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering

1975 - 1979
Transportation Engineer, Lothian Regional Council

1971 - 1975
Transportation Engineer, City Engineers Department, Edinburgh Corporation


Dr Hazel is a Director of the George Hazel Consultancy. The company specialises in providing transport advice, concepts and solutions at the local and strategic level to the public and private sectors. The George Hazel Consultancy, based in Edinburgh, specializes in strategic and policy advice for cities, the future impact and delivery of smart mobility, demand management, sustainable development and regeneration projects, facilitation services, sustainable/smart communities design and innovative funding and delivery mechanisms.

Dr Hazel is an Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Chair of the Advisory Panel for the Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University, was a member of the Government’s Lorry Road User Charging advisory group, chair of the Urban Design Alliance (UDAL) and an advisor to the Commission for Integrated Transport. He was a member of the UK Secretary of State for Transport’s Steering Group for National Road User Charging, chair of the World Roads Congress C10 Committee, researching urban areas and transport, chair of the Scottish Public Policy Unit’s Transport Commission and Chair of Transport 2000’s Forum on Revitalising Communities on Main Roads. In January 2005 he was awarded the OBE for services to transport. He is an expert on towns and city regions and has written a book on Making Cities Work, published by Wiley.

Previously he was Professor of Transport Policy at the Centre for Transport Policy where he looked after the consultancy business. From 1996 to 1999 he was Director of City Development for the City of Edinburgh Council responsible for planning, economic development, transportation and property. The Department had a staff of 1200. From 1993 to 1996 he was Director of Transportation for Lothian Regional Council again with a staff of 1200, including a roads maintenance DLO. During these two periods Dr Hazel worked with Professor David Begg who was Chair of Transport for the Council. Together they introduced many interesting new sustainable initiatives including Greenways bus priority, the first car-free development in the UK, the first community car club in the UK and the reallocation of space back to people in areas like the Royal Mile in Edinburgh Old Town.

From 1989 to 1993 he was a main board Director with Transportation Planning Associates where he was responsible for Scotland. Under his direction the business grew from an almost zero base to one of the largest in Scotland with a fee income of around £1 million per annum. From 1979 to 1989, he was with Napier University as a transport specialist. Under his guidance the Department of Civil Engineering became the largest centre of transport research expertise in Scotland and one of the most important in the UK. In 1986 he was made Head of Department and in 1987 became the first Professor of Transportation in Scotland. His initial training, following graduation was in Local Government where he worked from 1971 to 1979.




Over the years Dr Hazel has published and presented papers at a large number of conferences and seminars.