Dr Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs

Liverpool Business School

Fiona is Programme Leader in Executive Education at Liverpool Business School and Chair of Baltic Creative Community Interest Company. She combines her practice and research to explore how social enterprises and community owned business models are a catalyst for responsible business growth, better ecosystems and contribute to sustainable local and regional economies.

Since 2019 Fiona has worked with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the One Day group of women to build a consistent evidence base calling for devolved policy which addresses gender inequalities in the region. This emerged from an activist perspective both to the pre pandemic economic industrial strategy and the post pandemic response from the CA. The 21/22 One Day Today report calls for change - greater representation, scrutiny and consideration of the impact of policy on women’s economic contribution in the region. As such the CA announced their commitment to a Gender Panel and action plan in 2022.

Fiona is also co-investigator on an MKTP with Faculty of Health and Cobalt Housing Association in North Liverpool that is developing a structured transformational approach for the organisation combining behavioural health data, multi stakeholder relationships and local wealth creation / community wealth building strategy in North Liverpool.

Degrees

2020, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, DBA
2013, London Metropolitan University, London, United Kingdom, PGCHE
2007, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom, MSc International Fashion Marketing
1997, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, United Kingdom, PgDip Fashion Marketing and Promotion
1996, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom, BA (hons) Histoty of Art and Design

Academic appointments

External Examiner, Nottingham Trent University, 2023 - present
Programme Leader Executive Education, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
Chief External Examiner, University of Westminster, 2017 - 2021
External Examiner, Southampton Solent University, 2013 - 2017

Highlighted publications

Armstrong-Gibbs FD, Brown J. 2023. The Resilience and Adaptability of an Innovative Ecosystem of Creative Entrepreneurs during Crisis Times: Baltic Creative CIC – A Case Study Creative (and Cultural) Industry Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Vol: 18, Part A 18 :105 Emerald 9781803824123 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Internet publication

Wall T, Smith S, Rowe L, Whiteman G, Armstrong-Gibbs FD, Knight L, Agboma F. 2024. Creating the Embedding Impact Toolkit Publisher Url Public Url

Chapters

Armstrong-Gibbs FD, Brown J. 2023. The Resilience and Adaptability of an Innovative Ecosystem of Creative Entrepreneurs during Crisis Times: Baltic Creative CIC – A Case Study Creative (and Cultural) Industry Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Vol: 18, Part A 18 :105 Emerald 9781803824123 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Armstrong-Gibbs F, Knight L. Developing a pathway to Sustainable Cities and Communities through a Leadership education programme Wall T, Leal Filho W, Trevisan L, Shore A. Sustainability in Business Education, Research and Practices Springer Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Book review

Armstrong-Gibbs FIONA. 2022. Methodologies for practice research: approaches for professional doctorates Action Learning : Research & Practice, 19 :222-224 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Armstrong-Gibbs FD. 2019. On becoming an organizational autoethnographer; considering the ethical perspectives of the research application process. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Armstrong-Gibbs FD. 2014. Embedding Enterprise Education: the Fashion Project Investigations in university teaching and learning, 9 :3-7 Publisher Url Public Url

Books (authored)

Armstrong-Gibbs F, McLaren T. 2017. Marketing Fashion Footwear The Business of Shoes Bloomsbury Publishing 9781472579317

Conference publication

Armstrong-Gibbs FD. 2016. Baltic Creative Community Interest Company: Critical Success Factors in Creative and Digital Clusters in Liverpool, UK Abstracts of the Papers Presented at the 4th International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 4th International Conference on Innovation and Entreprenurship Publisher Url Public Url

Armstrong-Gibbs F. Exploring strategic intentions to develop gender balanced boards in social enterprises Gender Work and Organisations 11th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference 2021 Transforming Contexts, Transforming Selves: Gender in New Times Author Url

Armstrong-Gibbs F. Feminist social movement for change in the devolved English regions — One Day in Liverpool Gender Work and Orgainsation 2023 Marginalised Gender Identities - How can Intellectual Activism transform Work and Organization

Armstrong-Gibbs F. Applying Polanyian concepts to investigate the position and perception of social enterprises in the global fashion industry Manchester Fashion Institute FMCd 2nd Colloquium Publisher Url

Armstrong-Gibbs F, Knight L. Exploring a new paradigm for place based public leadership in complex times: how do leaders acquire the connectedness needed for collaborative work to advance their places’ mission? The Leadership Dynamics of Systems Change: The 21st International Studying Leadership Conference

Armstrong-Gibbs F, Knight L. Developing a pathway to Sustainable Cities and Communities through a Leadership education programme in Sustainability in Business Education European Symposium for Sustainability in Business Education 2023

Exhibition

Wright L, Armstrong-Gibbs F. Photography of the work of designer Pam Hogg

Report

Kostopoulos I, Lyons-Tai H, Newson L, Armstrong-Gibbs F. Tenant Centric Strategic Report 2022 – Cobalt Housing MKTP

Newson L, Goldie S, Armstrong-Gibbs F. Community Enterprise- food pantries and supporting those living in poverty. Cobalt MKTP Research Report

Chapman S, Bridge L, Newson L, Armstrong-Gibbs F, Kostopoulos I. Cobalt Housing: Sustainability strategy and associated policies. 2023

Bridge L, Purcell G, Morley C, Newson L, Armstrong-Gibbs F, Kostopoulos I. 84. Bridge L, Morley C, Purcell G, Newson L, Armstrong-Gibbs F, Kostopoulos I. 2023. Cobalt Housing: Training directory for all new starters

Chilton J, Bridge L, Newson L, Armstrong-Gibbs F, Kostopoulos I. 2024 Cobalt Housing: Communication Strategy & Policy

Awang M, Sewell R, Bridge L, Newson L, Armstrong-Gibbs F, Kostopoulos I. 2023. Cobalt Housing: Customer engagement strategy

Chapman S, Bridge L, Newson L, Armstrong-Gibbs F, Kostopoulos I. 2023 Cobalt Housing: EDI strategy and associated policies

Newson L, Stenton G, Armstrong-Gibbs F, Kostopoulos I. 2023 “More than a rent”: moving toward a tenant-centred approach. Cobalt MKTP Research Report

Newson L, Armstrong-Gibbs F, Kostopoulos I, Lyons-Tai H. 2022. THRIVE MKTP: 1 YEAR Knowledge Exchange Report & Priority Setting. Cobalt, MKTP

Newson L, Stenton G, Armstrong-Gibbs F, Kostopoulos I. 2022. Report. What Tenants Say & What they Need. Cobalt Housing MKTP

Armstrong-Gibbs F, Lyons-Tai H, Kostopoulos I, Newson L. 2021. Value proposition- Executive Board. Cobalt Housing MKTP

Newson L, Quaglieri-Woods R, Ford K, Armstrong-Gibbs F. 2021. Housing associations hold the key to improving tenant subjective wellbeing via responsiveness to individual needs. Cobalt MKTP Research Report

Kostopoulos I, Lyons-Tai H, Newson L, Armstrong-Gibbs F. 2021 Skills Gap Analysis MKTP Enterprise Report. 2021. Cobalt Housing MKTP

Newson L, Ford K, Quaglieri-Woods R, Armstrong-Gibbs F. 2021 Home Sweet Home: The Impact of Housing on the Subjective Health and Wellbeing of Tenants in North Liverpool. Cobalt MKTP Research Report

Other invited event:

Women in Space, Manchester, invited speaker at symposium exploring women taking over spaces and places. 2024

The role of community led development in economic regeneration, Online, Speaker at CPD workshop on Community Development for the Institue of Economic Development. 2023

Baltic Creative - reflections on a Liverpool based project, Liverpool Business School, Invited speaker at branch meeting for Association of Project Managers. 2022

British Council Creative Hubs for Good 2022 keynote on Creative Industries Leadership, Onliine, Keynote on Creative Industries Leadership to global audeince in SE Asia. What kind of leaders do we need for the creative industries to thrive?. 2022

The Un-datables at The Good Business Festival 2022, Cunard Building, Liverpool, Live panel discussion with Jude Kelly CBE and Kelly Beaver (IPSOS) about, women leadership and how we use data to make better decsions.. 2022

Riba d’Ave Challenge, Villa Nova De Famalicao, Portugal, Invited by the Mayor of Villa Nova De Famalicao to advise and develop a strategic plan for the repurpose and regeneration of a post-industrial textile mill town in Northern Portugal.. 2019

Award:

Outstanding Reviewer 2023, Emerald Literati Awards. 2023

Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in promotion of EDI in Research and Knowledge Exchange (faculty winner), LJMU. 2022

Conference presentation:

Developing a pathway to Sustainable Cities and Communities through a Leadership education programme in Sustainability in Business Education, European Symposium for Sustainability in Business Education,, LJMU, Oral presentation. 2023

Applying Polanyian concepts to investigate the position and perception of social enterprises in the global fashion industry, FMCd 2nd Colloquium Fashion SIG for the Academy of Marketing, Onliine, Oral presentation. 2021

External committees:

Womens Equity Panel, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Member. 2023

Creative UK Council member, Creative UK, https://www.wearecreative.uk/champion/uk-council/. 2022

Other Professional Activity:

Womens Budget Group (WBG) ECN Macroecomonic Working Group and roundatable Green and Caring economy report. 2022

British Federation of Women Graduates Doctoral Student awards reviewer 2019 - present.

Media Coverage:

Metro mayors are all men – but women’s voices are needed for the best pandemic recovery 2021
www.independent.co.uk
theconversation.com

Ethos Blog Series - The future of sustainable footwear 2019
ethos-magazine.com
ethos-magazine.com
ethos-magazine.com

Woman's Hour #giveupyourseat campaign by the Women's Leadership Group 2017

The World Tonight BBC R4, Britain’s place in the World and trading links with China.

BBC TV and follow up radio interview about gender imbalance in the LCR metro mayoral cabinet relating to Liverpool and the Creative Industries
www.bbc.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk

Research Grants Awarded:

Innovate UK, KTP Cobalt Housing, Lisa Newson (PI); Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs (Co-I), Ioannis Kostopoulos (Co-I), Grant value (£): £179,546, Duration of research project: 24 months. 2021

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Chartered Management Institute (CMI). 2019

Member, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). 2019

Member (Baltic Creative CIC), Creative UK. 2018

Member (Baltic Creative CIC), Social Enterprise UK. 2013

Public engagement:

Public consultation, Liverpool City Region women, Events, Principal / lead researcher, This project is funded by LJMU as part of Research England’s Strategic Priorities fund. The purpose is to build on the voluntary actions and activity sparked by One Day and formalise and deepen partnerships and collaborative opportunities with the LCR CA. It highlights the importance and need for more evidence-based research and data broken down by gender and race, which can better support policy making at a local level to be more effective, LJMU continues to support this work., Liverpool City Region, One Day, One Day is a civic group, formed to improve inclusive growth in the Liverpool City Region. Its specific aim is to increase the visibility of women who work in the region, by lobbying Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and advocating for change., https://www.onedaylcr.com/today. 2019

Teaching qualification:

PgCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education with distinction. 2013

Fellowships:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 2013

Industrial connections:

Baltic Creative Community Interest Company, Chair and founder Director, http://www.baltic-creative.com/.

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