Lord Bird

Lord Bird is a Crossbench Life peer who has sat under this title in the Lords since 7 December 2015. His full title is The Lord Bird MBE, and his given name is John Anthony Bird.

Registered Interests

Registered Interests for Lord Bird.

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Category 1: Directorships

Director, Dunne Bird Ltd (vehicle for member's speaking engagements, book royalties, media appearances, writing commissions and the like)
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 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 In Scotland Limited (Scottish edition of Big Issue magazine)

Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Consultant, Berricote Properties
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, 13 December 2019, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, York (arranged through Champion Speakers)

Category 3: Person with significant control of a company (PSC)

Dunne Bird Ltd

Category 4: Shareholdings (a)

Dunne Bird Ltd
The Big Issue Group Limited (see category 1)
Wedge Card Limited (loyalty card for local shops; see category 10(a))

Category 4: Shareholdings (b)

The Big Exchange Limited (building a new financial system in the UK)

Category 6: Sponsorship

Donation of £7,485 received from Rakuten OverDrive Inc in November 2019 for launch of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) report
Donations totalling £2,112 (£528 each) received from Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development; APPG for Future Generations; Centre for Existential Risk; The Big Issue Ltd; all money was paid into The Big Issue in February 2020 and ring-fenced for purpose of paying for catering costs of parliamentary launch of Well-being of Future Generations Bill
In the 2020/21 financial year, £170,000 from Effective Giving (money was paid to The Big Issue and ring fenced to pay Portland PR and full-time campaign manager)
The member's parliamentary researcher and adviser are employed by The Big Issue; in the 2019/20 financial year, The Big Issue received £30,000 donation from Liz Aitken and £30,000 from David Harrison/Harrison Foundation which was ring fenced to pay the parliamentary researcher and adviser
The member's parliamentary researcher and adviser are employed by The Big Issue; in the 2020/21 financial year, The Big Issue received £30,000 donation from Liz Aitken and £30,000 from David Harrison/Harrison Foundation which was ring fenced to pay the parliamentary researcher and adviser

Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality

Hospitality is received from Ben Delo and his wife which during the course of the calendar year together amounts to more than £300 in value

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, Prevention Convention Ltd (not currently trading)
Director, Social Brokers Foundation (not currently trading)
Director, The Big Issue Digital Limited
Director, Wedge Card Limited (loyalty card for local shops)

Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)

Senior Fellow, Ashoka UK