Dr. Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs will appear on the Scale-Up panel at Bloom.

Meet another of our exciting speakers for Bloom – only 5 weeks away! For over a decade, Dr. Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs has worked to support the businesses in Baltic Creative’s community. Fiona works with dedication, vision, and the desire to affect positive change within the creative and digital sectors.

From Fashion to the Forefront of Executive Education

Fiona’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. She has over a decade of experience in the fashion industry, holding sales management roles at global giants like Jimmy Choo, Hugo Boss, and Oliver Sweeney. But it’s her transition from fashion to academia that marks a significant pivot in her career trajectory. Fiona is Programme Leader in Executive Education at Liverpool John Moores University, where she combines her industry experience with academic insight to shape the next generation of leaders.

At the centre of Fiona’s academic pursuit is her role as Programme Leader for the MBA in Business Scale-Up. This position has afforded Fiona a depth of knowledge on what it truly means to grow a business successfully. Her expertise will be showcased at Bloom, where she’ll be speaking on our scale-up panel! This panel promises to be a highlight for attendees. We’ll explore the essential journey from a fledgling start-up to a thriving enterprise; how micro-businesses can flourish without the ambition for growth; and the strength of collaboration and community in promoting success.

A Champion for Community and Gender Equality

Beyond her academic pursuits, Fiona is the Chair of Baltic Creative, leading an organisation that embodies support for sector growth. Her work explores how social enterprises and community-owned business models promote business growth to create better ecosystems and sustainable local economies.

Fiona’s advocacy extends into areas of profound social importance. Since 2019, she has collaborated with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and One Day, addressing gender inequalities in policy. Her efforts influenced the creation of a Gender Panel and action plan in 2022, underscoring her commitment to making the economic landscape more inclusive.

A Personal Journey of Resilience and Vision

Fiona’s return to Liverpool in 2007 marked a desire to contribute to the city’s creative economy. Her involvement with Baltic Creative since 2009 has been instrumental in creating a nurturing environment for creative and digital businesses to flourish.

Join us at Bloom on Wednesday 8th May to hear from Dr. Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs. Listen to insights, experiences, and be inspired to work towards a better future for Liverpool and beyond! Get your tickets via Eventbrite