The High Pay Centre is an independent, non-partisan think tank focused on the causes and consequences of economic inequality, with a particular interest in top pay. We run a programme of research, events and policy analysis involving business, trade unions, investors and civil society focused on achieving an approach to pay practices that enjoys the confidence of all stakeholders.
Tom is Head of Stewardship at ESG advisory firm PIRC and has worked in responsible investment for 20 years. He re-joined PIRC in 2019 as Head of Stewardship, having previously worked on engagement, policy and communications from 2007 to 2013. Tom leads PIRC engagements with companies with a particular focus on Social and Governance issues. He represents PIRC in various industry groups such as the Workforce Disclosure Initiative and at external speaking events. In addition to PIRC, Tom previously worked for six years as a financial journalist and was editor of Pensions Week. He subsequently worked as a senior policy officer on institutional investment at the TUC, and as the Responsible Investment Co-ordinator at the International Transport Workers Federation.
Janet is a Senior Policy Officer in the TUC’s Economic and Social Affairs Department, responsible for policy on corporate governance, institutional investment, executive pay and corporate social responsibility. She’s the Chair of Trade Union Share Owners, an initiative that brings together union funds to collaborate on voting and engagement at company AGMs, and a trustee of the TUC Superannuation Society. She also contributes to TUC pensions policy and campaigning.
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.
Debbie Sanders is an employment relations specialist with over thirty years’ experience in this field. Debbie has worked as a union official and a leader of employee relations teams in large, complex organisations including EDF Energy and NATS. During her career, Debbie also worked for PA Consulting, as a researcher/writer for employment journals and was a lecturer in employee relations and reward at Brighton University. Today, Debbie runs her own employment relations consultancy, Make Work Better, helping organisations to develop sustainable, modern, trusted employee relations. She is the co-founder and facilitator of a network of senior ER practitioners. She also designed and runs an employee relations development programme for some of the UK’s biggest organisations, helping them to build skills in working with trade unions and building effective methods of employee voice.
Chris is Professor of Employment Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has published a wide range of articles and research reports, with a focus on employee participation and representation, mergers and takeovers, corporate responsibility and corporate governance. These have been funded by, among others, the ESRC, CIPD, FRC, and Eurofound. He has a PhD from the University of Warwick.
Our current sources of funding for projects in 2020/21 are:
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – £50,000
Standard Life Foundation – £62,000
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – £45,000
Barrow Cadbury – £31,500
Trust for London – £36,500