Chair, The Big Issue Group
Nigel Kershaw OBE is Chair of The Big Issue Group (TBIG). He joined in 1994, subsequently becoming its MD, then Group Chair, before going on to become the first CEO of Big Issue Invest.
TBI is one of the world’s most successful and best-known social enterprises. More than 200m copies of the magazine have been sold in the UK by street vendors, inspiring over 100 similar publications around the world.
Big Issue Invest is creating a ‘social merchant bank’. It currently manages or advises on £185m of social funds – from its innovative lending programmes, regulated investment funds and advising on public retail and institutional impact funds to potentially improving access to credit and financial services for 3.4m social housing tenants by adding rent data to credit files.
Nigel is a Social Enterprise UK ‘Champion of Champions’ and winner of the Institute of Directors’ Good Enterprise Award. In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for services to Social Enterprise.