Nigel Kershaw

Nigel Kershaw is the Chief Executive of Big Issue Invest and Chair of The Big Issue Company. Big Issue Invest, part of The Big Issue group of companies, is passionate about funding ground-breaking, innovative business solutions by financing the scale-up of profitable social enterprises that create social opportunity and transformation and environmental sustainability.

He is a Cabinet Office Social Enterprise Ambassador, a Director of the Social enterprise Coalition and in 2008 received the Good Director for Enterprise honour award from the Institute of Directors.

Big Issue Invest, part of The Big Issue group of companies, funds innovative and transformational business solutions that scale-up profitable social enterprises that create social opportunity and environmental sustainability. Big Issue Invest delivers both financial and social returns to investors

Big Issue Invest is now well established with £5 million of loans disbursed in the last two years to a range of exciting social businesses. This year Big Issue Invest is launching a £10m Social Enterprise Venture Fund and a £30m Venture Capital Trust.

It is also undertaking a proof of concept with 500,000 social housing tenants to add in alternative predictive data, such as rent payments, to traditional credit scoring models that may bring or keep as many as 1.9m low-income people in affordable and regulated credit and away from predatory and door step lenders.

Nigel is also Chairman of The Big Issue Company Limited. He joined in 1995 and as Executive Chairman and Managing Director was responsible for the magazine's publishing operations, as well as developing its new social businesses. Last year The Big Issue was ranked as the 11th best selling general interest title I the UK and generated £15 million pounds through its 175,000 weekly circulation with £8 million earned by over 2,500 homeless and vulnerably housed vendors. The Big Issue also founded the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) that now has members in 67 countries spanning all the continents.

Previous to that, he worked as a consultant, trouble-shooter and project manager in the publishing and printing sector, taking major capital projects from specification to production. He has founded two printing and publishing social enterprises. Trained as a lithographic printer, he gained his Diploma at the London College of Printing.

Nigel is also a Director of the Social Enterprise Coalition and a director and advisor to a number of social enterprises. He has also been a non-executive director of a London borough regeneration company and Chair of the Board of the London College of Communications (London University of the Arts).