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 Nigel Kershaw

Nigel Kershaw

Chair The Big Exchange


Nigel Kershaw OBE is Chair of The Big Issue Group and The Big Exchange. He joined The Big Issue (TBI) in 1994, subsequently becoming its CEO, then Group Chair, as well as the first CEO of Big Issue Invest.

TBI is one of the world’s most successful and best-known social enterprises. More than 200 million copies of the magazine have been sold in the UK by street vendors and it has inspired over 100 similar publications around the world.

Big Issue Invest (BII) finances the growth of sustainable social enterprises and charities. It currently manages or advises on £250 million of impact funds from its innovative early-stage venture funds, lending programs, regulated investment funds to advising on pioneering public retail and institutional impact funds.

BII also founded the Rental Exchange, which potentially can improve access to credit and financial services for 3.4m social housing tenants by adding rent data to their credit files.

Nigel is also the Chair of The Big Exchange which in partnership with a group of leading asset fund managers is launching a mobile-first impact fund platform for the ordinary person offering a new approach to saving and investing. Our approach is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals demonstrating our firm commitment to People and Planet and inspiring lasting positive change.

Previous to TBI, Nigel founded three printing and publishing social enterprises. He trained as a lithographic printer and gained his Diploma in Printing Production at the London College of Printing where he later became Chair of the Board of Governors.

Nigel is a Social Enterprise UK ‘Champion of Champions’ and winner of the Institute of Directors’ Good Enterprise Award. He sits on the Steering Group of the Government's Social Impact Investing Taskforce and the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing. In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for services to Social Enterprise.

In his spare time, he’s loves nothing more than sailing and following the Arsenal.

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