Penny Hulbert

Strategic Development Manager

Team member Penny with the other team members.



What am I responsible for?

I am the Strategic Development Manager for the Forest of Dean. I am available to support organisations in developing community connections and other opportunities for disabled people and people with mental health challenges in the county.


What brings me here?

I trained as a Medical Secretary and worked in Reading and London. I have spent time in Papua New Guinea as a PA  and Visa Officer. I have cycled across the USA  and also retrained in horticulture.  I spent the next 12 years with the Library Service (including Gloucester Prison).  Its my love of people that brought me to Barnwood.


What am I working on?

I am working on setting up a Forest Disability Forum and also looking at ways of making more challenging and meaningful opportunities for volunteering and work for young people with disabilities and mental health challenges in my local area. I hope to establish an outdoor activities group for people with disabilities and mental health challenges to join together in outdoor challenges.


What do I enjoy spending time doing for my own wellbeing?

I like walking with friends, creative activities; making things from papier mache, gardening and learning to draw.  I love visiting places and galleries, mooching round antique and charity shops and most of all, having fun and great times with my family and friends. (She/her)


Find out more about the work of the Strategic Development Managers Team here