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Fay Selvan

Chief Executive (The Big Life group), Trustee (Big Issue North Trust)

Fay Selvan started working as a social entrepreneur in 1991, and established The Big Life group in 2002. It was the first group of social businesses and charities in the country and has a turnover of circa £19m. The group operates across the north of England and includes well known brands such as Big Issue North. It offers opportunities to people who have the least, helping them get to where they want to be. It works in the fields of Health and Wellbeing, Children and Families, Employment and Training. Fay won the Social Enterprise Leader England Award in 2011.

Fay completed an Honours degree at Sussex University before moving to Manchester in 1980. She has an MSc in Strategic Leadership in 2001 at Salford University. She has a number of Non-Executive roles and is currently Chair of Jigsaw Housing, Chair of The International Network of Street Papers and a member of the CAFCASS Board.