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Lecturer in Marketing,
Newcastle University Business School,
8th Floor, Room 8.21,
5 Barrack Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
I joined Newcastle University in 2006, I am a Lecturer in Marketing at Newcastle University Business School.
My research interests are focused on the Third Sector in particular the contribution of the volunteer workforce to the delivery of services.
I have over 20 years’ experience working in the Education field at Further and Higher level.
I have lectured widely on business and marketing modules on Management; UG and PG programmes including: Introduction to Marketing; Research Methods; Marketing Communications; Arts & Cultural Marketing and Not-for-profit marketing.
I have also delivered marketing workshops to the Third Sector
I continue my professional development through attending CIM events and as an active volunteer.
Over the course of my career I have been actively engaged in research and development projects. My research is set in the Third Sector and focuses on the boundary spanning role of volunteers and their contribution to society.
This research has several foci
a) What is a volunteer – their motivations; development and management
b) Where do people volunteer sectorally eg in cultural organizations.
c) Key issues in the sector - currently includes the role of the Corporate volunteer and the transfer of public services in the UK to volunteer delivery
This has led to the production of academic publications including journal articles and conference papers.
The Third Sector is a dynamic and fast changing domain and much of my work is applied and involves engagement with the various stakeholders involved. As a result in addition to academic outputs, impact is generated through evaluation reports, workshops, invited presentations and expert advice.
Keywords: Third Sector; Volunteering; Corporate Volunteering (ESV); Public Sector Service provision
Transfer of Public services to Volunteer Delivery.
2013/14 - in collaboration with Geoff Nichols , University of Sheffield and funded by Newcastle SDI.
The first stage of the research involved a scoping exercise to identify how this transfer of delivery has being managed. The initial findings have been presented at conferences and workshops. Case studies have been published on the CIMPSA web site.
2014 - ongoing - The research has broadened to involve additional academics from Northumbria University and non-academic partners. The intention is to examine transfer of leisure services including sport and culture to identify best practice and to develop tool kits. Dissemination will be through publication; workshops and conference .
Corporate Volunteering –
Scoping exercise on delivery of CV in North East England. Identification of stakeholders involved, and in particular the role of the broker in the delivery of volunteer opportunities.
- Collaboration with Dr. Paul Smith – Director of Research, Sunderland University on the role of the Leader in Volunteer delivery
- Collaboration with Professor Tony Chapman on the delivery of Corporate Volunteering
Member of the Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise (KITE), Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University www.ncl.ac.uk/kite
Associate Member of CRE (Centre for Rural Economy), SAFRD, Newcastle University
Postgraduate Supervision -Extensive experience of supervising Masters Dissertations on MBA and Master in International/ Marketing
I have also served as member of PhD supervisory teams at Northumbria and Teesside Universities.
Journals - Marketing Intelligence & Planning; Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; Arts Marketing: An international Journal; Non profit Management & Leadership
Books – Marketing - Baines, P & Fill, C OUP
HEIF3 – 2006 - 8 – Investigate ESV / CV in Universities
SDI – 2014 - Transfer of Public services to Volunteer Delivery
Deliver workshops to volunteer groups
Active Volunteer in cultural environment – Darlington for Culture http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/
My teaching activity draws on my marketing background; my CPD activities and research interests
I am an enthusiastic and knowledgeable lecturer. I have experience of teaching student groups of various sizes. This includes large lectures of 500+ to small seminar groups.
I take an action learning approach to teaching, seeking to engage students through their own knowledge and experiences.
Current - Module Leader on MKT1002/26/28 Introduction to Marketing; MKT 3095 Cultural & heritage Marketing; MKT3096 Dissertation Supervision.
Previous – Buyer Behaviour; Marketing Communications; Not for Profit Marketing; Research methods;
Current - Guest lecturer Marketing Introduction on MA Museum Studies
Previous - Marketing Principles; Not for Profit Marketing; Business Research Methods;
A range of bespoke marketing training sessions and workshops for public and third sector organisations
- Forbes D, Findlay-King L, Macfadyen G, Nichols G. From public to volunteer library provision in the UK: lesson to be learnt – one size does not fit all. Voluntary Sector Review 2017, 8(3), 343-353.
- Findlay-King L, Nichols G, Forbes D, Macfadyen G. Localism and the Big Society: the asset transfer of leisure centres and libraries - fighting closures or empowering communities?. Leisure Studies 2017, e-pub ahead of print.
- Forbes D, Nichols G, Findlay-King L, Macfadyen G. Asset transfer in libraries. In: 2015 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference. 2015, Leeds: NCVO/VSSN.
- Nichols G, Forbes D, Findlay-King L, MacFadyen G. Is the Asset Transfer of Public Leisure Facilities in England an Example of Associative Democracy?. Administrative Sciences 2015, 5(2), 71-87.
- Forbes D. Public Libraries - sustainable but not as we know them. London, UK: NCVO, 2015. Available at: http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2015/12/07/public-libraries-sustainable-but-not-as-we-know-them/.
- Forbes D, Finlay-King L, Nichols G, Macfayden G. Voluntary Transfer - Research Hub - Asset Transfer Cases. 2015. Available at: http://www.cimspa.co.uk/en/information/voluntary-transfer--research-hub/index.cfm.
- Forbes D. Employer Supported Volunteering; A case study. Initial thoughts . In: 11th International Society for Third-Sector Research Conference. 2014, Muenster, Germany: ISTR.
- Nichols G, Forbes D. The transfer of public leisure facilities to volunteer delivery. Sheffield/Newcastle, UK: Sheffield University/ Newcastle University, 2014.
- Nichols G, Forbes D. The transfer of public leisure facilities to volunteer delivery. Sports Volunteering Research Network, 2014.
- Forbes D, Nichols G. The transfer of public leisure facilities towards volunteer delivery. In: 20th Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference. 2014, Sheffield Hallam University: NCVO / VSSN / IVR.
- Forbes D. Darlington for Culture: A community response. In: The Arts Economy Conference: New Directions in an Age of Austerity. 2013, Sheffield, UK: Research Committee for the Sociology of the Arts of the International Sociological Association.
- Forbes D, Smith P. Recruiting Volunteers: A content analysis of theatre websites revisited. In: 12th International Colloquium on Nonprofit, Arts, Heritage and Social Marketing. 2013, Edinburgh: Durham University Business School and Academy of Marketing.
- Forbes D, Smith P. North East England Theatres – Volunteer Management. A content analysis of theatre web sites. In: NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector. 2012, Birmingham, UK.
- Forbes D, Bussell H. Behind the scenes at the Building Society: an exploratory study of arts sponsorship in the UK. In: Academy of Marketing. 2010, Coventry University Business School.
- Forbes D, Bussell H. How UK universities engage with their local communities: a study of employer supported volunteering. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing 2008, 13(4), 363-378.
- Chapman T, Forbes D, Brown J. 'They have god on their side': the impact of public sector attitudes on the development of social enterprise. Social Enterprise Journal 2007, 3(1), 78-89.
- Forbes D, Bussell H. Volunteer management in arts organisations. A Case Study And Managerial Implications. International Journal of Arts Management 2007, Vol. 9(No. 2), 16-28.
- Bussell H, Forbes D. Developing relationship marketing in the voluntary sector. Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing 2006, 15(1-2), 151-174.
- Forbes D, Bussell H. Friends Schemes in Arts Marketing : Developing Relationships in British Provincial Theatres. International Journal of Arts Management 2005, 8(2), 38-49.
- Forbes D, Bussell H. The volunteer life cycle: a marketing model for volunteering. Voluntary Action 2003, 5(3), 19.
- Bussell H, Forbes D. Understanding the volunteer market: The what, where, who and why of volunteering. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing 2002, 7(3), 244-259.