International Vendor Week

18 January 2016 Magazine

International Vendor Week

There’s an extra reason to pick up The Big Issue during the first week of February: we’re celebrating the fourth annual International Vendor Week.

More than 60 senior business leaders and politicians will join our regular vendors on the streets in a national campaign to shine a spotlight on homelessness and disadvantage.

Look out for high-profile names selling the magazine from February 1-5, including Telstra CEO Andy Penn, PwC CEO Luke Sayers and Perpetual CEO Geoff Lloyd.

ACTU President Ged Kearney and politicians including Premier of NSW Mike Baird, Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt and Senator for the ACT Katy Gallagher are also taking part in the event.

The leaders will don The Big Issue’s trademark fluoro vest and take to the streets for half an hour at various times and locations during the week.

The International Network of Street Papers (INSP) runs International Vendor Week to raise awareness for the 11,000 people who sell street papers in 35 countries around the world.

The Big Issue hopes to boost sales to put $100,000 into vendors’ pockets for the edition coinciding with International Vendor Week.

Help us reach our goal by picking up a copy of the magazine during the week and spreading the word to your friends. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates during the #VendorWeek campaign.

To view our media release, please click here.

Look out for guest sellers helping us celebrate International Vendor Week in your state. These include:


Katy Gallagher – Senator for the ACT, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homeless, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations
Nicole Lawder – Member for Brindabella, Shadow Minister for Housing, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Shadow Minister for the Environment, ACT Government
Yvette Berry – Member for Gininderra, Minister for Housing, Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Multicultural and Youth Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Women, ACT Government


Andrew Bragg – Director of Policy and Global Markets, Financial Services Council
Anthony Albanese – Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Shadow Minister for Cities, Shadow Minister for Tourism, Member for Grayndler
Christopher Pyne – Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Leader of the House, Member for Sturt
Danny Gilbert – Managing Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
Don Burnett – Finance Director, MSS Security
Dunstan de Souza - Managing Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley
Geoff Lloyd – Managing Director and CEO, Perpetual
John Brogden – Managing Director and CEO, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Michael Coutts-Trotter – Secretary, NSW Department of Family and Community Service
Mike Baird – Premier of NSW
Peter Scott – Chairman, Perpetual
Robert Cutler – CEO, Clayton Utz
Sally Kincaid – Chief Human Resources Officer, QBE
Sheryl Weil – Head of Service Sales Centre and Operations, Banking and Financial Services, Macquarie Group
Steven Persson – CEO, The Big Issue
Tanya Plibersek – Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, Member for Sydney


Alan Maguire – Partner in Charge, Clayton Utz
Daryl Clifford – Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Jamie Adams – General Manager of South East Queensland and Defence, MSS Security
Jon Meadmore – Partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley
Linda Ryle – President, Indigenous Lawyers Association Queensland
Matthew Vandermeer – State Manager of Advice Partnerships, MLC
Michael Coonan – Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Peter Schmidt – Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Sheryl Weil - Head of Service Sales Centre and Operations, Banking and Financial Services, Macquarie Group


Adrian Swale – Partner, Minter Ellison
Ian Cox – CEO, Hutt Street Centre
Kelly Vincent – Member of SA Legislative Council, Dignity for Disability
Michael Hickinbotham – Managing Director, Hickinbotham
Peer Norsell – General Manager, Hilton Adelaide
Rachel Sanderson – Member for Adelaide, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Science and the Information Economy, Shadow Minister for Families and Child Protection, Shadow Minister for Social Housing, Shadow Minister for Volunteers and Youth, SA Government
Robert Simms – Senator for SA
Steve Laidlaw – CEO, People’s Choice Credit Union
Steven Marshall – State Liberal Leader, State Member for Dunstan
Zoe Bettison – Member for Ramsay, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Minister for Social Housing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Youth, Minister for Volunteers, SA Government


Adam Bandt – Member for Melbourne, Federal Government
Alan Peckham – Chief Administrative Officer, Herbert Smith Freehills
Andy Penn – CEO, Telstra
Asher Judah – Victorian Deputy Executive Director, Property Council of Australia
Carolyn Viney – CEO, Grocon
Cathy Seaholme – General Manager, The Body Shop
Christine Corbett – Executive General Manager of Postal and eCommerce Services, Australia Post
Craig Dent – CEO, State Trustees
David Lindberg – Chief Executive of Commercial and Business Bank, Westpac
Ged Kearney – President, Australian Council of Trade Unions
Jeremy Blackshaw – Partner, Minter Ellison
Jeremy King – Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
John Yardley – Chief Operating Officer, Bank Australia
Judith Downes – Chairman, Bank Australia
Kelly O’Dwyer – Minister for Small Business, Assistant Treasurer, Member for Higgins
Lisa Livis – State General Manager of Retail Banking, Westpac
Luke Sayers – CEO, PwC Australia
Martin Foley – Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Equality, Minister for Creative Industries, State Member for Albert Park, Victorian Government
Mary Padbury – Vice Chairman, Ashurst
Michaela Healey – Group Executive of Governance and Reputation, NAB
Patrick Ashkettle – Chief Risk Officer, Bank Australia
Richard Wynne – State Member for Richmond, Minister for Planning, Victorian Government
Rod Fielding – Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Allens
Scott Munn – CEO, Melbourne City FC
Simon McKeon – Chairman, AMP
Sonya Clancy – Chairman, The Big Issue
Tracey Fellows – CEO, REA Group


Amanda Hunt – State Director for WA and SA, Mission Australia
Andrew McKenzie – Executive Chairman, Euroz
Brian Kelly – Senior Regional Executive for Australia and Asia, Kentz
Colin Holt – Member for South West Region, Minister for Housing, Racing and Gaming, WA Government
Dale Alcock – Managing Director, ABN Group
Grant Robson – Executive Director, Macquarie Group
Irina Cattalini – CEO, West Australian Council of Social Services
Jay Watson – State General Manager, Westpac
John Berger – CEO, St Bartholomew’s House
Kent Anderson - Deputy Vice-Chairman for Community and Engagement, University of Western Australia
Liam Twigger – Managing Director, PCF Capital and Chairman, Football West
Mark Fitzpatrick – CEO, St Vincent de Paul WA
Mark Glasson – Executive General Manager of Service Operations, Anglicare WA
Scott Ludlam – Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader, Senator for WA
Scott Phillips – CEO, Kidsafe WA
Simone McGurk – Shadow Minister for Community Services, Children’s Interests, Women’s Interests, State Member for Freemantle, WA Government
Spencer Flay – Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

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