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Staff and trustees

Stefan Stern, Director

Stefan’s career has involved stints at the BBC, Management Today magazine and the Financial Times, where he was management columnist between 2006 and 2010. He is Visiting Professor in management practice at Cass Business School, City University, London. He still writes a regular column for the FT and fortnightly for the International Business Times. He is contributing editor at Management Today. Stefan is interested in leadership, management and how organisations operate. Twitter: @stefanstern

Paul Marsland, Deputy Director

Paul's expertise on directors remuneration has been gained during a career in corporate governance, initially at PIRC Ltd where he was a senior manager and Head of Policy and more latterly at Manifest Information Services as Stewardship Support Manager. Paul has written a number of research papers for the High Pay Centre including Pay Ratios: Just Do It (2015); Metrics Reloaded (2015); and Are Remuneration Consultants Independent? (2015). Paul's work explores the factors which distort the market for executive talent and the wider economic impact of that distortion. Twitter: @Paul_Marsland

Natalia Raha, Office and Events Manager

Natalia has previously worked for think tanks The Smith Institute and Future of London. She has over five years experience of planning and co-ordinating high-level public events and administration. She is also undertaking a PhD at the University of Sussex. 

Nick Isles, (Chair) Trustee

Nick IslesNick is Managing Director of Corporate Agenda an advice and consultancy business working with clients across the private, voluntary and public sectors. Until autumn of 2008 he was Director of Advocacy at The Work Foundation and remains an Associate adviser. He is also a Fellow of the Smith Institute, the Centre for Leadership Innovation at the University of Bedforshire and Royal Society of Arts. He worked as an advisor to the high level group that re-drafted the European Union’s Lisbon strategy in 2005 under the chairmanship of former Dutch premier Wim Kok. He has written and spoken on a wide range of public policy issues connected to the economy, including European affairs, the labour market, organisational performance, leadership, welfare reform, finance, corporate governance and CSR. 

Before working at The Work Foundation Nick ran his own public affairs and communications consultancy. This followed a period working at the CIPD and labour market think tank The Employment Policy Institute which created much of the intellectual underpinning to enable the previous Government to introduce the New Deals in 1997 and thereafter.

Nick was the general editor of Enterprising Europe (2002) and the author or co-author of several reports including The Leadership Challenges of the 21st Century (2011), ‘Greening Work’ (2008); The Risk Myth (2006), Life at the Top (2005), Where are the Gaps? (2005), Cracking the Performance Code (2005), The Joy of Work (2004) and Achieving High Performance through CSR (2004). His latest book The Good Work Guide was published in 2010.

Deborah Hargreaves, Trustee and Founding Director

Deborah Hargreaves

Deborah was the Chair of the independent High Pay Commission, and Founding Director of the High Pay Centre from 2011 to 2015.  She is the former business editor of the Guardian, a post she held from 2006 to 2010. She has written extensively about executive remuneration and other business issues both in print and online. She previously worked at the Financial Times where she was news editor and before that, financial editor. She held a variety of posts over 19 years at the FT including personal finance editor and as a foreign correspondent in Brussels and Chicago.

Luke Hildyard, Deputy Director

Luke has previously worked for the Institute for Public Policy Research, New Local Government Network and Future of London think tanks, as well as in local Government. In his current role he has written publications on a number of different policy areas, including inequality, corporate governance and performance-related pay as well as having authored work on climate change, public services, housing, local government and economic reform.  Luke manages the High Pay Centre's research programme, as well as our media work.

Daniel Stilitz QC, Trustee

Daniel StilitzDaniel is a barrister at 11KBW Chambers, specialising in employment, public and business law.  After studying at New College, Oxford and City University, he was called to the Bar in 1992.  Prior to taking silk, he was a member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel of counsel and acted for the Government in public law and human rights cases.  His practice now focuses particularly on the financial services and professional services sectors, and includes bonus disputes, and whistleblowing and discrimination claims.  He regularly writes on legal and related topics, and is the editor of the Butterworths Local Government Reports.  He also sits as a mediator and is a member of the CEDR Solve Mediator Panel.

Diane Summers, Trustee

Diane SummersDiane is a non-executive director of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, a Trustee of The Guinness Partnership, a major social housing provider, and is an independent adviser to the BBC Trust. She also works as a freelance writer, editor and consultant.

She is a former Managing Editor of the Financial Times, where she worked for 19 years as a writer, editor and executive. Her experience before that spanned the private and voluntary sectors and included senior positions at the consumer organisation Which? and the homelessness charity Shelter.

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