Barbara Thomas Judge
Barbara Thomas Judge
Lady 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.
She 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 the financial services industry including Chair of the UK/US Committee on Corporate Governance and Senior Advisor to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 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 is currently Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund. Prior thereto 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. In addition she is Chairman of The Energy Institute of University College London (which focuses on energy efficiency). She is also Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Committee and Chairman of its task force on nuclear safety. In addition she is also a member of the UAE Advisory Board for the Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy.
Lady Judge is a non-executive director of Magna International Inc (Canada) and NV Bekaert SA (Belgium) and a strategic advisor to Statoil and Barclays among others.
In November 2010 Lady Judge was appointed by the Prime Minister as a Business Ambassador for the UK.
She is also Chairman of the SOAS London Middle East Institute as well as a member of the International Advisory Board of Sabanci University and a member of the Steering Committee of the Istanbul International Energy & Climate Center at Sabanci University. In addition she was the first woman member of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School of Management and is currently a member of its Executive Board for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Also she is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, Centre for Corporate Reputation.
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.
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