Lord Bird

Lord Bird's full title is The Lord Bird MBE. His name is John Anthony Bird, and he is a current member of the House of Lords.

Registered Interests

Registered Interests for Lord Bird.

The Register is updated continuously throughout each sitting day and at regular intervals on other days.

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)
  • Director, Dunne Bird Ltd (vehicle for member's speaking engagements, book royalties, media appearances, writing commissions and the like)

Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

  • Consultant, Berricote Properties
  • Speaking engagement, 13 October 2021, Dauntsey's School, Devizes (arranged through Gordon Poole Agency)
  • Speaking engagement, 17 December 2021, online event for Premier Foods plc (arranged by Champion Speakers)
  • Speaking engagement, 29 March 2022, Gloucester University (arranged by Champion Speakers)
  • Speaking engagement, 17 June 2022, St James’s Place plc, Leeds (arranged by A Speakers Agency)
  • Speaking engagement, 17 June 2022, virtual event for Cumbria Police (arranged by Champion Speakers)
  • Speaking engagement, 8 July 2022, TTG Media, London

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

  • Dunne Bird 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))
  • Dunne Bird Ltd

Category 4: Shareholdings (b)

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

Category 6: Sponsorship

  • In the 2021/22 financial year, £100,000 received from Longview Philanthropy via Pan Pan Wong (money was paid to The Big Issue and ring fenced to pay for a full-time campaign manager and for consultancy fees) (interest ceased 6 April 2022)
  • In the 2021/22 financial year, £30,000 received from David Harrison via the David Harrison Foundation (money was paid to The Big Issue and ring fenced to pay for a full-time parliamentary researcher) (interest ceased 6 April 2022)
  • In the 2021/22 financial year, £30,000 received from Liz Aitken (money was paid to The Big Issue and ring fenced to pay for a parliamentary researcher) (interest ceased 6 April 2022)

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, 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)

Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)

  • Senior Fellow, Ashoka UK