Welcome to Hazel Bunting

We’ve recently welcomed Hazel Bunting to the team as our interim Centre Manager. With 20 years’ experience at the University of Bristol, Hazel has a wealth of knowledge about running events and managing venues, and we’re excited to officially introduce her to our community!

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I previously worked in the University of Bristol Venues and Events Office as its Manager, supporting a wide variety of events including film/TV shoots, academic conferences, weddings, public events, summer schools, formal dinners and networking events. I feel really fortunate to have worked in so many of the unique and historical university properties including Wills Memorial Building, the Orangery at Goldney House and the Victoria Rooms. Every day was different, I met a huge variety of people and worked with a fun team.

What does your day-to-day role involve as Engine Shed Centre Manager?

No two days are the same at Engine Shed – I could be helping the front of house team set up for an evening networking event, supporting with a maintenance issue, communicating with prospective residents about an office or coworking space, working with the finance team on our income, or having a catch-up with Marketing on upcoming promotions, the list goes on!

What is your favourite part of working at Engine Shed so far?

The Engine Shed team and residents are all very friendly and supportive. I love the variety of the job, and the history of the building with its connection to the iconic Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Why is Engine Shed more than just a workspace?

We’re part of a fantastic network of innovative people and organisations, and home to partners like SETsquared Bristol and Barclays Eagle Labs, so as well as workspace we’re able to offer our members extra support like training, events and introductions to useful contacts.

What do you like about living and working in Bristol?

Bristol is a very creative and lively city, with many beautiful green spaces which can be easily reached by bike. I love being outdoors, so it’s ideal for its proximity to Wales to walk and explore. I also have to mention food, as Bristol has so many delicious and interesting places to eat, and I very much enjoy my weekly lunchtime treats at Temple Quay Market (a little bit too much!)