Barbara Thomas Judge
The Honorable Barbara Thomas Judge
Mrs Barbara Thomas Judge is a lawyer, international banker and entrepreneur.
In 1980 she was appointed youngest ever Commissioner of US Securities and Exchange Commission and an informal spokesman for its accounting division. In 1983 she moved to Hong Kong as the first woman main board director of a London merchant bank, Samuel Montagu & Co. Ltd. In 1993 she came to the UK as an executive director of News International plc. She subsequently led a buy-in of Scotia Haven Food Group and then of Whitworths Food Group.
Currently she is Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and Deputy Chairman of Friends’ Provident PLC, as well as a non-executive director of Capital Radio PLC and Quintain Estates and Development PLC, among others. She is also a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts, The Wallace Collection and a member of the Governing Body of the School of Oriental and African Studies. In addition, she is Chairman of the Professional Standards Advisory Board of the Institute of Directors.
Widely respected for her leadership, experience and decision-making skills, Mrs Thomas Judge is a speaker who brings a wealth of insights on globalisation, trends and shifting influences of international economies.