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.
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.
Head of Communications
Andrew joined the High Pay Centre in July 2019. He has been a passionate campaigner since his student days at the University of Manchester when he was involved in a number of campaigns on climate change and tuition fees and held the Environment and Ethics portfolio on the Student Union’s Council. More recently he spent 5 years working for the EU and UK governments in China in a number of different roles, including leading the UK’s cooperation with China on projects focused on poverty reduction and tackling inequality, including on the rise of CSR and corporate philanthropy in China. Andrew holds an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Manchester.
Tom Powdrill Director
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 Williamson Director
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 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.
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