About Us

The Pay Index was formed in 2018 to provide pay transparency for organisations, executives and professionals. Headquartered in London, England, the team believes passionately about how data transparency can ensure people are paid fairly and what they are worth.


James Rust


James is founder and CEO of The Pay Index. In his prior role as a founder and partner at Leathwaite, he recognised the need  for an easy to use, visually rich, on-line executive compensation tool. As such he founded and launched The Pay Index, a global tool covering all industries for use by senior executives as well as businesses, executive search firms, associations and universities. 



Nigel Morgan


Nigel has spent the last 20 years in increasingly senior roles in large US corporations such as Dell, WPP and Intuit, owners of Quickbooks financial software. Based in hotspots such as Austin, Seattle and Silicon Valley he has gained a deep expertise in marketing and analytics. With a passion for all things digital he was excited by the opportunity to join a fast growing, tech start-up back in London.



Aoife Whitford

Head of Business Development

Aoife has a passion for innovation in the HR & Ed Tech space and has spent the last 12 years in increasingly senior roles across corporate and university sectors. She played a pivotal role in developing the What University Live? series of events from scratch, which now has over 10,000 school leavers and parent attendees on a quarterly basis across the UK. She is also our resident Diversity and Inclusion Champion and has a passion for fair and equal pay for all. 


Jon Hering

Head of Product and Partnerships

Jon has spent his career working on HR special projects both in-house, for a Fortune 500 retailer, and as an HR management consultant at Mercer. Originally focussed on leadership and talent strategy, he has more recently specialised in helping companies across Europe design reward frameworks and executive compensation schemes. After his initial conversations with the team, Jon clearly saw the market opportunity for The Pay Index and is thrilled to lead the rewards proposition and partnership efforts.

Jonathan Gibson

Data Scientist

Jonathan's educational background saw him analyse and model data trends in the field of medical physiology. This exposed him to various analytic tools, languages and concepts. When Jonathan was given the opportunity to join The Pay Index he realised he could make a difference and empower executives and companies to better understand their remuneration trends.


Jeff Bakes

Head of Reward Consulting

Jeff is a rewards expert with a recognized career delivering best in class compensation and benefits strategies. With a passion for his expertise Jeff recognized the potential of The Pay Index to inform rewards professionals with accurate, actionable real-time data, that provide insights that make a practical difference. Jeff has experience across all aspects of the reward function including executive remuneration, fixed and variable pay, benchmarking, analytics, global mobility, pensions and governance frameworks.


Kyle Flottman

Business Development Manager, North America

Kyle has multiple years experience in business development, ranging from professional sports to various tech start-ups. He has a passion for empowering individuals through data sharing, and is excited to share the benefits of The Pay Index stateside.