Key staff and board
Luke Hildyard, Executive Director
Luke previously worked as Deputy Director of HPC from 2012-2015. He was subsequently Policy Lead for Corporate Governance and Stewardship at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, the trade body for UK pension fund investors, before returning as Director in March 2018. He has authored reports on subjects including inequality, corporate governance and responsible investment and has also previously worked for a number of think tanks and in local government.
Andrew Speke, Head of Communications and Events
Andrew joined HPC in July 2019. Previously he spent 5 years working for the EU and UK governments in China in a number of different roles, including leading the UK's work with China on civil society engagement and social policy. Since returning to the UK he spent a year managing the media and communications of a start-up company focused on Chinese tourism.
Nick Isles, Chair
Nick 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.
Deborah Hargreaves, Founder and Director
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.
Daniel Stilitz QC, Director
Daniel 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.
Baroness Lister of Burtersett, Director
Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett is the Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University. In addition to being one of the UK's foremost academic experts on poverty and inequality, Baroness Lister has also been a leading voice in policy on these topics in roles as former Director and now Honorary President of the Child Poverty Action Group. Her other positions include being Chair of the Compass Management Committee, board member of the Smith Institute and honorary President of the Social Policy Association. Baroness Lister sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer, where her interests include social policy, poverty, inequality and gender equality.
Since 1 January 2020 the average FTSE 100 CEO has earned:
Income inequality in the UK
Wealth inequality in the UK
- High Pay Centre Briefing: Corporate Response to the Economic Shutdown
At least 18% of FTSE 100 firms are using the UK Government's furlough scheme. 37% have cut executive pay and 33% are withdrawing or withholding dividend payments
- Blog: we can’t do more for low-paid workers without tackling excess pay at the top
recognition of low-paid workers is welcome, but for things to change, we need tough choices not warm words. Changes to corporate governance structures, stronger trade union rights and more progressive taxation
- Conditions are critical: publicly-funded bail-outs for private companies
Government bail-outs of large businesses affected by the coronavirus must include social and environmental conditions including fair pay, fair tax contributions and worker representation on company boards