FEP Appoints Three New Directors

The Forest Economic Partnership are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Deborah Flint, Natalie King, and Julie Tegg to our Board of Directors, marking an exciting new chapter for the FEP. As representatives of both education & training facilities and private business in the Forest of Dean, they each bring their own unique experience and skills to the Board and share our commitment to both the FEP and the district. We are so excited to see where their insight takes the FEP and how with their support, we can continue to drive our mission towards a better connected, economically sustainable, and crucially, thriving Forest of Dean.

Keep reading for more about our new Directors!


Natalie King

Natalie King is the co-Managing Director & Principal at AccXel in Cinderford; the UK’s first industry-led construction school. Under Natalie and her sister’s guidance, AccXel are creating major waves in the construction industry, championing inclusivity, diversity, and construction as an aspirational career choice. The AccXel centre has achieved national recognition as a pioneering education facility,  making the Forest of Dean the place to be to study construction.

On becoming a Director Natalie says,

“I am delighted to join the Board of Directors at the Forest Economic Partnership. The Forest of Dean is our home and our heritage, and our group of family businesses employ over 600 people in and around the local community. It is so important for us to make a contribution and have an input at FEP to champion the Forest of Dean as the perfect place, to live, work and learn for life.”

For more about Natalie and AccXel, click here.


Julie Tegg

Julie Tegg also joins us from Gloucestershire College where she's currently Director of Employer Training, Apprenticeships and Engineering. Julie brings a broad range of experience to the FEP and is passionate about improving apprenticeship opportunities in the district (have a look at her blog on apprenticeships here). Under her guidance GlosCol have increased the number of apprenticeships and partner companies available and the employer training programme has received national recognition for its quality.

Julie said, ‘As a resident of the Forest of Dean and working locally, I am delighted to be able to help and support the area to grow and prosper as part of the outstanding work the Forest Economic Partnership leads.’.  

To read more about Julie, click here.


Deborah Flint

Finally, co-founder and CEO of Cinderhill Farm Deborah Flint also joins the FEP Board. Before moving to the Forest of Dean, Deborah supported funding efforts for sustainable development in the poorest communities across the world. Now overseeing production of their famous sausage rolls at Cinderhill Farm, Deborah is passionate about local employment, skills development, sustainable farming, and supporting local producers.

For more about Deborah, click here. 



Stay tuned for more updates from our new Directors!