Farida Gibbs is the CEO of GibbsS3, a globally certified woman-owned business enterprise. Headquartered in Surrey with offices in London and Cheshire, Gibbs S3 has become an international provider of IT Staffing, Business Change and Project Solutions with operations in the US and Europe. Gibbs S3 serves as a Tier 1 supplier to FTSE100 clients and is ranked 7th largest global diversity firm in the US. Farida began her career more than 15 years ago and has extensive experience in the Banking, Telecommunications, Energy and Retail industries.
Her inspiring career and rise to the top has led her to direct the UK’s efforts and become one of the fastest growing staffing providers posting sales revenues of $30,000,000 in the UK after 3 years of trading as GibbsS3 (An incredible 456% growth in 2010 and further 70% growth in 2011), and $220 million globally with her partners in the US, S3.
Her determination has led to huge successes including recently winning the RBS Asian Woman in Achievement Award (Entrepreneur) 2012, Business Woman of the Year at British Muslim Award 2013, Global Enterprising Woman of the Year Award 2012, Winner of Fast Growth Business Awards 2011, finalists for the Precious Awards 2011, listed in Recruitment International’s Top 250 Report and named in the Business XL Top 50 Rising Stars.
Learning to balance her duties as CEO, motherhood and role model to the next generation, Farida has been asked to support the Women of the Future Ambassadors Programme to support and mentor the next generation of female talent. Farida sits on the Board for City Women’s Network (CWN), is an appointed Ambassador of WEConnect International and a member of MSDUK (ethnic minority supplier development UK). Farida helped to launch the Mosaic Associates Female Entrepreneurs Network. She’s a columnist for the Asian Wealth Magazine section ‘Wonder Women’ and sits on the Advisory Group for the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship.
Farida was born in the UK, one of four children, mother from Egypt and father from Pakistan. A passion for cooking Arabic cuisine, travelling to the Middle East, love for all cultures and respect for all religions, married and dedicated to raising her daughter and spending quality time together.