Stephen Robertson CEO

Stephen Robertson 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 a Trustee of the homeless health care charity, London Pathway, a Trustee of TRAID, a charity committed to protecting the environment and reducing world poverty by recycling and campaigning at home and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Shoreditch Town Hall Trust.

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. 

Interested in Stephen Robertson speaking at your event?

Despite having a big brand and doing vital work we are financially one of the smallest national homelessness charities (16 people across the UK) and as such it means we are limited in resources to lead sessions in person. As a result Stephen Robertson is our lead speaker, he would only be able to lead a session in person if the host would be able to provide a speaker’s fee (starting £250+) as well as any train travel cover if outside of London - all our fees go back into supporting our work with Big Issue vendors.

If you are interested in Stephen speaking at your upcoming event please complete the form below and we will get back to you with his availability and his cost.

We will endeavour to respond to your above enquiry by EMAIL within 10 working days, alternatively, you can email Serena directly at You will find below future marketing permissions from the charity.

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