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+44 (0)20 7526 3455
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+44 (0)20 7526 3459
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+44 (0)20 7526 3200
Stephen has been CEO at the Big Issue Foundation since July 2007. His previous role was Director of Commercial Operations at Shelter, where he had responsibility for a chain of 100 charity Stores, a mail-order business and a Training business primarily focusing on Housing professionals. Stephen was a member of the Senior Management Team with cross organisational responsibility for the strategic management of the Charity. Stephen was at Shelter for 13 years.
Stephen helped found and ultimately chaired the professional body that represents the majority of Charity Retailers in the UK, ‘The Association of Charity Shops’. Stephen is also a Trustee of the homeless health care charity, London Pathway and a Trustee of TRAID, a charity committed to protecting the environment and reducing world poverty by recycling and campaigning at home.
Stephen has recently delivered extremely well received speeches at leading industry events. He has a dynamic and engaging style of presenting through which he brings to life issues relating to homelessness and the role of social enterprise and charities, and specifically The Big Issue and The Big Issue Foundation, in addressing social problems. If you are interested in Stephen speaking at your upcoming event please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Trustees
Steve Round, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Steve is the chief executive of Strategic Intent developing financial services aimed at vulnerable and low income consumers. Previously Steve has been marketing director of Unity Trust Bank and worked both in the UK and Internationally. Steve is chairman of London Rebuilding Society, a community development finance institution, and non executive director at Ecology Building Society.
"I have been chair of the Foundation for some 6 years and I am amazed everyday at the work we do to support our vendors start to help themselves. I am also frustrated everyday at the further work we need to do to provide the right environment to give them a hand up."
Eric has held the position of Chief Executive Officer at SG Hambros Bank & Trust Ltd since 2007 and is an experienced and highly technical banker. He has strong client relationship management skills and is an excellent team manager with wide experience of running businesses and delivering demanding budgets, complex projects and other objectives. He holds the following professional Qualifications: Investment Advisory Certificate (Papers 1, 2 & 3), Association of Chartered Institute of Bankers, Council Prize Winner – International Banking Diploma and holds FSA registered representative exams.
Carolyn has worked in finance helping companies raise funds, most recently as a Managing Director at The Blackstone Group. She trained as a civil barrister and at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation established financial and legal structures including offices in India, Kenya and Uganda. The charity focused on helping children affected by HIV/AIDs. With a similar ethos to The Big Issue, CIFF focused on grant making to organisations which could permanently change lives through support rather than just aid.
"My involvement with the Big Issue is motivated by the really humbling stories of vendors we have helped to get their lives back on track by providing belief, self respect and support."
Patrick worked in the City of London from 1981 to 2008, starting as a mining analyst. He spent 10 years with Rothschild Asset Management as a Managing Director, 11 years with ING as a Managing Director in their securities division before moving to ICAP as a Managing Director in their Equities Division. Patrick has worked with mining companies for over 25 years both as a Director and as an advisor on corporate strategy, fund raising and investor relations. He has 30+ years experience and is a geology graduate with an MBA from London Business School.
"I have been a supporter of the Big Issue from it's inception as it simply appears to be one of those really good ideas that actually work in practice."
Harry is currently Director of Communications for ICAEW where he is responsible for helping the accounting profession engage with its many stakeholders. He has over 15 years corporate affairs experience gained both within consultancies and in-house.
"In April I ran the Paris marathon for TBIF. Homelessness makes us feel uncomfortable. A visible reminder of the misery and distress suffered by those who, for whatever reason, find themselves in a dark place. Running 26 miles is easy in comparison to having to sleep rough each night. We need to tackle it – that is what TBIF is trying to do and that is why I was proud to run on their behalf."
Alison J Newman
Alison is a Chartered Management Accountant and audit and risk professional with 15 years experience of working in finance roles in British Airways, including Head of Internal Audit. Her current role is FD for the Commercial & Customer directorates.
"I met Stephen (CEO TBIF) and his team a few years ago through BA and was impressed and inspired by the great work they do. Recognising that homelessness is symptom not a cause prompted me to volunteer my services and experience to help people find a way to a better life. Meeting Big Issue vendors has made me realise just how important that support has been to them is in their time of need."
Heidi has been passionate about social enterprise since setting up her first business, aged 16, with the support of the Princes Trust. She has worked in Business Development and Marketing for large government outsourcers for the past ten years, recently taking time out to establish Call Britannia – a business on a social mission to create employment for disadvantaged people.
“I got involved with the Big Issue because I really believe that whilst charity can be effective it is often not a long term solution, the Big Issue goes one step further creating micro businesses on street corners - a hand up and not a hand out really does help create sustainable change for the better vendors”.
Gisele works at CNN producing and directing high-end commercials and short form films. She has travelled extensively throughout the developing world filming commercials and documentary stories and has been trained by AKE in 'surviving hostile environments'. Gisele has made all the of our Real Lives, Real Achievements awards winning vendors, pro bono.
Parveen started her career in advertising sales for magazine. Since then she has worked as an Assistant Producer of various regional BBC and ITV stations before becoming a reporter and producer for GMTV. More recently Parveen completed an MBA at Anglia Ruskin university and has been Director at The Big Issue; overseeing the London magazine and digital strategy since 2010. “The combination of formal study through the MBA and informal ‘apprenticeship’ observing John Bird, has given me a great understanding of what can be done.”
Jonathan trained with a major international accountancy firm, before working for Drive For Youth, a motivational training charity, as its development manager for two and a half years. He now works for H W Fisher & Company and specialises primarily in financial consultancy for charities and other not-for-profit organisations.
"Not many charities are able to recognise that they cannot specialise in everything. The Foundation does and is therefore able to work in partnership with a number of excellent organisations to be able to offer the best tailored services to homeless people. This means that our direct costs are as effectively positioned as is possible, which is why I am proud to be associated with such a great organisation and group of people."