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Lady Barbara Judge

Lady Barbara Judge
Lady Barbara Judge
Lady Barbara Judge

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Lady Barbara Judge CBE is the former Chairman of UK Atomics Energy Authority, Deputy Chair of Friends Provident plc and the former first ever female Chair of the IoD.


Lady Barbara Judge, a trained commercial lawyer with both British and American citizenship, has an unusually broad and successful international career as a senior executive, chairman and non-executive director in both the private and public sectors.


Lady Barbara Judge CBE received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and Juris Doctor with honours from New York University Law School and was a partner in a major US law firm specialising in corporate and financial transactions.

In 1980 she was appointed by the President as a Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Thereafter she was appointed as the first woman executive director of News International and Samuel Montagu and held many positions in various industries including energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, retailing and the financial services industry.  She was Chairman of the UK/US Committee on Corporate Governance and Senior Advisor to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.  In addition, she was also a Public Member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants and Deputy Chairman of the UK Financial Reporting Council (the UK’s regulator of corporate governance), among others. 

She was the Chairman of the UK Institute of Directors and Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund. In addition she is a UK Business Ambassador.

In 2002 she was appointed as a director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and became its Chairman in 2004 and was reappointed in 2007.  After completing two terms she was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Committee and Chairman of its Task Force on Nuclear Safety.  She is also a member of the UAE Advisory Board for the Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy. In addition she is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE).

Among her academic commitments she is currently Chairman of the Energy Institute of UCL (University College London) and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, Centre for Corporate Reputation.  In addition, she is Chairman of the Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative’s Advisory Board for McDonough’s School of Business at Georgetown University as well as a Trustee of the Lauder Institute at the Wharton School of Business and a member of its EMEA Board of Trustees. 

In June 2010 she was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the nuclear and financial services industries. In April 2015 she received the Times 2015 Non-Executive Director Award for her chairmanship of the Pension Protection Fund.  Summer 2015 Lady Judge accepted her latest role as the first woman to head up the Institute of Directors on Pall Mall London.

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