Alumni Lecture Series 2018

Homelessness - whose fault is it?

Fay Selvan with special guest Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester


Fay Selvan
Andy Burnham 

Date: Thursday 12th April
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Venue: Chapman Lecture Theatre 1, University of Salford


The University and the Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) are delighted to welcome Salford Graduate Fay Selvan, to deliver this year’s annual alumni lecture. Fay is Chief Executive of the Big Life Group and Big Issue North, and Chair of the INSP (International Network of Street Papers).


The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, will join Fay for a discussion following her lecture.


According to recent statistics, the number of people sleeping rough in England has reached a record high after a 73% rise over the last three years. It is estimated that over 4,750 people are now sleeping on the streets.


Fay will examine this issue closely, bringing a unique insight in her capacity as CEO of the Big Life Group, and through her vast experience in tackling homelessness with Big Issue North and INSP a group of social enterprises and charities with a turnover of circa £19m. The Big Life Group is one of the largest social enterprises in the UK. It offers opportunities to people who have the least, helping them get to where they want to be.


About Fay:


Fay Selvan started working as a social entrepreneur in 1991, and established The Big Life group in 2002. It is 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.  


Key appointments:


  • CEO of the Big Life group (1991 to present)
  • Chair of New Charter Housing Group (2014 to present)
  • Chair of International Network of Street Papers (2014 to present)
  • Non Executive Director of CAFCASS Children and Families Court Advisory Service  (2012 to present)



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Our annual Alumni Lecture returns, as we invite an esteemed alumnus to give a lecture to the University community.
12 April 2018 at 18:30