Stephen Robertson


Stephen's presentation covered...

The Big Issue: 1/4 century of transforming lives

How The Big Issue influences at all levels, from the street, to customers, funders, businesses and government. The ‘customer experience’ strategy, whether you are a newsagent without a shop or a charity attempting to enlighten and engage, is at the heart of the work The Big Issue and The Big Issue Foundation.

About Stephen

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.