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Nigel Kershaw

Executive Chairman, The Big Issue Group


Nigel Kershaw OBE is Executive Chairman of The Big Issue Group. He joined The Big Issue in 1994 becoming its Managing Director and then the Executive Chairman of The Big Issue Group and from 2005-2014 was the first CEO of Big Issue Invest.

The Big Issue Group (TBIG) is one of the world’s most successful and best-known social businesses, dedicated to dismantling poverty and inequality in the UK. From its inception in 1991it has grown to become one of the UK’s best-loved and known brands.

The Big Issue magazine has over the last 25 years helped over 92,000 vendors earn £115 million selling by selling over 200 million copies in the UK. It has inspired over 100 similar publications in 35 countries around the world

Big Issue Invest was set-up to be a ‘social merchant bank - "by social entrepreneurs, for social entrepreneurs”. Its mission is to back sustainable social ventures that help dismantle poverty and inequality. Currently it manages or advises on over £150m of social investment funds.

Previously, Nigel worked in the print industry. He founded three printing and publishing employee-owned companies and has worked as a project manager, systems analyst, litho printer and trade union official.

Nigel is a Social Enterprise UK ‘Champion of Champions’, the winner of the Institute of Directors’ Good Enterprise Award and in 2010 was awarded an OBE for services to Social Enterprise.