- Tim West, founder editor and CEO of Pioneers Post and The Fable Bureau, Lucy Findlay MBE, founding MD of Social Enterprise Mark CIC, Rebecca Perlman, Global Co-Chair of Impact Investment and Social Finance at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and John Gilligan, Director of the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab at Saïd Business School have been appointed as Trustees
- Appointments come as Big Issue Invest Trust embarks on a programme of support for Big Issue vendors in the face of the ongoing crisis
The Big Issue Invest Trust (BIIT) has announced the appointment of four new Trustees to strengthen its Board as they embark on a new strategic direction in the wake of Covid- 19, with the aim of supporting The Big Issue’s 2,000 vendors across the UK in a time of crisis.
BIIT is the registered charitable arm of Big Issue Invest (BII), which exists to provide grants to charities and social enterprises focused on alleviating poverty and tackling inequality. It has been running a grants programme from July 2018 to date, which has seen it disburse £406,000 of grants to 24 organisations.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, on 20th March, The Big Issue (TBI) took the decision to safeguard its network of vendors by asking them to stop selling on streets across the whole of the UK. This was a crushing blow for the organisation and the 2,000 vulnerable magazine vendors who rely on selling the magazine to make a living.
The organisation moved quickly to adapt their business model in new and innovative ways, to offer a level of support to vendors through this crisis. They did this through an appeal to support the organisation via the purchase of subscriptions and digital copies and through generous financial contributions. The organisation recently announced that vendors were safe to return to selling the magazine on the streets on Monday 6th July.
In response to the impact of Covid-19, BIIT announced that it would be refocusing its efforts to support vendors. In addition, BIIT welcomed the appointment of Tim West (top left), Lucy Findlay MBE (top right), Rebecca Perlman (bottom left) and John Gilligan (bottom right) as Trustees to further bolster the charity’s expertise and direction at a critical time.
Tim is the founder editor and CEO of Pioneers Post and mission-focused marketing and social innovation company The Fable Bureau. Tim is a trustee with ECT Charity and a director of Big Issue Invest, and has served on a number of national programmes, advisory groups and awards panels – including the Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers, the awards panel for UnLtd, and the UK social enterprise awards.