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Nigel Kershaw

Founder and Chairman

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Commercial background

Nigel served as Chief Executive at The Big Issue Company Limited. He has extensive experience of building and restructuring operational businesses and launching successful, innovative new ventures as well as attracting financial investment and delivering both a financial and social return on investment.

Previous to joining The Big Issue in 1994, he founded three employee owned printing and publishing companies and served as a Systems Analyst, Project Manager, Litho Printer and trade union official. Mr. Kershaw serves as the Chairman of The Big Issue Company Limited. He serves as Director at Westhouse Medical Services Plc. He trained as a four colour lithographic printer and gained his Diploma at the London College of Communication, (now the University of the Arts), where he was also Chairman of the Board of Governors.

Social and philanthropic background

Nigel is a member of both the Big Society Capital and the British Venture Capital Association's Responsible Investment Advisory Boards. He is also a Social Enterprise UK Ambassador. In 2008, he was the winner of the Institute of Director's Good Enterprise Award. He is a Fellow of the RSA and received an OBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours List for his services to social enterprise. He received an OBE for his services to social enterprise.



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  • Raising investment
  • Philanthropic Interests
  • Poverty


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