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 honors from New York University Law School and was a partner in a major US law firm specializing in corporate and financial transactions.
In 1980 Lady Judge was appointed by the President as the youngest-ever Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission and initiated reforms to open the US capital markets to overseas investors and facilitate Americans investing in foreign securities.
She moved to Hong Kong in 1983 as the first woman main board executive director of a London merchant bank, Samuel Montagu & Co. She then held a series of senior positions in banking in the US and UK. She was head of the International Private Banking Group of Bankers Trust and a non-executive director of United Asset Management Inc, a US-based fund of asset management companies. She was also the first woman director of News International as well as deputy chairman of Friends Provident plc, one of Britain’s largest insurers and pension providers. In addition she was a founder and chairman of Private Equity Investor plc, a London-listed fund of funds, among others.
Since 2010 Lady Judge has been Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund. She is also Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee and Chairman of its Nuclear Safety Task Force.
Prior thereto, she served as Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority from 2004 to 2010, overseeing the development and sale of its commercial arm, UKAEA Ltd, part of a major restructuring of the UK nuclear industry. During this time she also served on the Board of Directors for the UK Government’s Energy Group and was a non-executive director of the then Department for Constitutional Affairs. From 2004 to 2007 she was Deputy Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council, the UK regulatory authority for accounting and corporate governance, and from 2007-2009 she was a public member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants.
Lady Judge is also a non-executive director of Magna International and NV Bekaert SA and a strategic advisor to a number of international companies, including Barclays and Statoil ASA.
Among her voluntary commitments she is a trustee of the Lauder Institute at the Wharton School of Business and a member of its EMEA Board of Trustees. She is also Chairman of the Energy Institute (University College London) and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation as well as a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, Centre for Corporate Reputation.
In June 2010 she was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honors for services to the nuclear and financial services industries.
Prior thereto, she served as Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority from 2004 to 2010, overseeing the development and sale of its commercial arm, UKAEA Ltd, part of a major restructuring of the UK nuclear industry.