At our next event on 7 September we welcome speaker Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chairman of the Institute of Directors, Chairman-elect of the United Kingdom's fraud prevention service CIFAS and Chairman of the Pension Protection Fund and a UK Business Ambassador on behalf of UK Trade & Investment.
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 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 as well as successfully negotiating with the Tokyo Stock Exchange to permit foreigners to buy seats. She moved to Hong Kong in 1983 as the first woman main board executive director of a London merchant bank, Samuel Montagu & Co and has held many positions in the financial services industry. including 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.
In addition 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, as well as a founder and chairman of Private Equity Investor plc, a London-listed fund of funds. She was also the first woman director of News International as well as deputy chairman of Friends Provident plc.
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.
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 Non-Executive Director award for her chairmanship of the Pension Protection Fund.
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