Judy joined the Royal Air Force in 1985, rising to the rank of
Squadron Leader by age 30. At the completion of her Initial Officer
Training at RAF College Cranwell she was awarded the Sash of Merit
(The then female equivalent of the Sword of Honour award) for
‘outstanding ability and potential for further development’.
While serving in
the RAF, Judy was managing up to 130 military and civilian personnel
operational stations such as RAF Marham & RAF Coningsby. Her duties
included responsibility for specialist
contracted commercial services on UK and overseas bases and she
played an inaugural role in the creation of MOD policy concerning
third party management, inspection, quality control and the
development of the methodologies used to bring oversight to
commercial bid evaluation.
In 1996 Judy was offered a management position within Universal Sodexo’s Remote
Site Division, which she accepted, moving to Aberdeen in Scotland.
Here she was quickly promoted into positions at corporate, regional
and field level, often to resolve critical strategic issues. With
the resultant extensive exposure to proposal and contract management
scenarios in countries as diverse as Norway, The Netherlands,
Kazakhstan, Angola and Gabon, she gained a well‐developed level of
commercial, procurement and international business insight.
Her final challenge with Sodexo took place in 2003, with an
appointment to the corporate HQ in Paris as Head of Communications,
where she spent almost 3 years reporting directly to the CEO. An
ability to quickly grasp the full dimensions of critical business
issues meant that Judy acted as the division lead in implementing
Sarbanes-Oxley financial reforms, a task which brought her
considerable exposure to financial governance mechanisms and the
practicalities of implementing and operating within such regulatory
Leaving France for an opportunity to work in the Nuclear Power
Industry, 2006 to 2015 saw Judy living and working on Anglesey,
where she became profoundly concerned at the plight of North West
Wales which was facing impending job losses that nuclear
decommissioning was to inflict, in particular, on the Isle of
Anglesey and Snowdonia. After working in a roving strategic HR
position within the Nuclear Power Station of Wylfa, Judy created a
successful bid for European Social Funding, securing Local, Regional
and National partners with whom to develop a highly successful £4m
project she christened, ‘Shaping the Future’. Her vision was to
create a fresh career ‘road map’ for the 1,200 nuclear professionals
facing redundancy in this economically depressed region of Wales,
and to place personal development and re-skilling at the heart of
North West Wales’ regional economic regeneration and success. This
work led her to being a finalist in the Leading Wales Awards 2012
celebrating individuals who, through their leadership, contribute to
the prosperity of Wales.
Since 2008, Judy has expanded her portfolio of NED
appointments with a series of organisations such as the NHS, the
Chartered Management, the Institute of Consulting Corporate Governance Committee of
Government and, most recently, with the The Law Society of England
And Wales. Judy has amassed an extensive knowledge of regulatory
practices, including governance & compliance experience in a range
of regulators, such as Ofqual and The Legal Services Board, to augment her sound business skills.
After graduating, Judy briefly worked for British Airways in 1984,
purchasing equipment for Concorde and the Boeing 747 & 737 fleets.
Judy completed her first degree at Sheffield Hallam University in
1984 when she gained a BSc (Hons). This was followed in 1999 by the
academic achievement of an MBA from the Open University. Passionate
about continuous personal development, she has since gained a Post
Graduate Certificate in Career & Talent Management gained in 2009
and a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic ICT Leadership in 2014.