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New IoD chair announced

The Institute of Directors today announces the appointment of Lady Barbara Judge CBE as its national Chair. Following an open and extensive recruitment process, Lady Judge will take up her role as the IoD’s first female Chair on the 1st of May.

A trained commercial lawyer with both British and American citizenship, Lady Judge has enjoyed a broad and successful international career as a senior executive, chair and non-executive director in both the private and public sectors. A member of the IoD since 1985, she is currently Chair of the Pension Protection Fund and the Energy Institute of University College London, as well as a non-executive director of Portmeirion Group.

She was previously Chair of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Council and a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Commenting on her appointment Simon Walker, Director General of the IoD, said, “Barbara Judge will bring a wealth of experience to the IoD and I’m delighted to welcome her as our new Chair. Her professional achievements speak for themselves and her experience in boardrooms across size and sector gives her an instinctive understanding of the challenges facing the modern director.

“I’m excited and optimistic about this new phase in the story of the IoD and I have no doubt that Barbara’s contribution will be profound.”

Ahead of taking up the position on in May, Lady Judge said, “I relish the prospect of chairing an organisation whose contribution to the national debate is every bit as vital as the practical support it offers its members. The IoD is synonymous with the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, and I shall ensure that these values remain at the heart of the organisation.

“Company directors have never been in a position of greater responsibility. The complexity of modern business and the duties placed on directors mean that they need to possess a wide range of skills and experience. Public and political scrutiny is also intense, so our members must continue to make the case for ethical and successful business through their own behaviour.

“I want to cement the IoD’s reputation as the home of good governance, where directors and entrepreneurs are trained to the highest standards and can continue to learn from other business leaders throughout their careers.

“A healthy economy needs an innovative and competitive private sector, led by directors with integrity and entrepreneurial instincts.”    

Outgoing Chair, Ian Dormer, said, “Chairing the IoD must be one of the most rewarding and inspirational jobs in British business. It’s been a privilege to serve so many fascinating and hard-working members, and I hand over the reins secure in the knowledge that Barbara will ensure the IoD continues to go from strength to strength.”


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