UK Atomic Energy Authority
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Lady Barbara Judge, a US-trained lawyer with dual citizenship, has an unusually broad, international career as a senior executive, chairman and non-executive director, in both the private and public sectors.
Lady Judge received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and Juris Doctor with honours from New York University Law School. She then became a partner of the New York law firm Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler in 1978, specialising in corporate and financial transactions.
In 1980 she was appointed by the President of the United States, as the youngest ever Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission and began its efforts with respect to international securities regulation. In 1983 she moved to Hong Kong as the first woman main board executive director of Samuel Montagu & Co, returning to NY in 1987 as Senior Vice President and Group Head of Bankers Trust - International Private Banking. In 1993 she joined News International plc in the UK, as its first woman executive director, and thereafter led buy-ins of Scotia Haven Food Group and Whitworths Food Group, and was a founder of Private Equity Investor plc, a London listed fund of private equity funds.
In 2002 Lady Judge became a director of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and has been Chairman since 2004. She is also currently a member of the UK Nuclear Development Forum. Among her other appointments, she is Chairman of SOAS and a member of the boards of Massey Energy (USA), Bekaert NV (Belgium) and Murchinson United (Australian uranium mining company). She is also Co-Chairman of the UK/US Task Force for Corporate Governance and a Member of the UK Government Asia Task Force. In addition, she is also a Public Member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants, and a member of the Board of the Royal Academy of Art and the US Council on Foreign Relations.
Lady Judge was the first woman member of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School and is a Trustee of the Lauder Institute, and a member of the Europe, Middle East and Africa Board.