Lord Bird

The Lord Bird MBE
John Anthony Bird
30 October 2015
Crossbench

Contact Details

The Lord Bird MBE

Parliamentary

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW

Tel: 020 7219 5353

Email: birdja@parliament.uk

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Category 1: Directorships

Director, The Big Issue Group Limited (which wholly owns The Big Issue Invest Limited and its subsidiaries (whose business is social finance) and the Social Enterprise Loan Fund (part of Big Issue Invest Limited, providing loans to charities/social enterprises), but the Member is not a Director of The Big Issue Invest Limited; see also below)

Director, The Big Issue Company Limited (publishes weekly news magazine sold on the street by homeless people)

Director, The Big Issue Cymru Limited (Wales edition of Big Issue magazine)

Director, The Big Issue In Scotland Limited (Scottish edition of Big Issue magazine)

Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Partner, Bird and Bird Associates (vehicle for Member's speaking engagements, book royalties, media appearances, writing commissions and the like)

One-off payment from Ashoka UK to defray expenses incurred in connection with Member's unpaid post as Senior Fellow, Ashoka UK (see category 10(e))

Speaking engagement, 2 November 2018, Newcore Capital Management (Newcore also made a donation to The Big Issue)

Consultant, Berricote Properties

Speaking engagement, 19 March 2019, BCMS conference, London (arranged through Celebrity Speakers Ltd)

Category 4: Shareholdings (a)

The Big Issue Group Limited (see category 1)

Wedge Card Limited (loyalty card for local shops; see category 10(a))

Category 6: Sponsorship

The Member's parliamentary adviser is employed by The Big Issue; in the 2017/18 financial year, The Big Issue received donations which were ring-fenced to pay the parliamentary adviser

The Member's parliamentary researcher is employed by The Big Issue; in the 2017/18 financial year, The Big Issue received donations which were ring-fenced to pay the parliamentary researcher

Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality

One week spent as guest of owners at residential writers’ retreat Cove Park, Helensburgh, Glasgow, 26-31 August 2018

One night stay in London hotel as guest of Newcore Capital Management, 30 October 2018

One night stay in London hotel as guest of Berricote Properties, 28 November 2018

Category 9: Miscellaneous financial interests

Founder, The Big Issue Foundation (but not a trustee or office-holder; the Big Issue Foundation is a separate legal entity from The Big Issue Group Limited and The Big Issue Company Limited (category 1))

Category 10: Non-financial interests (a)

Director, Wedge Card Limited (loyalty card for local shops)

Director, The Big Issue Digital Limited

Director, Social Brokers Foundation (not currently trading)

Director, Prevention Convention Ltd (not currently trading)

Director, Dunne Bird Ltd (not currently trading)

Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)

Senior Fellow, Ashoka UK