Judith was appointed Chair of the Health and Safety Commission with effect from 1 October 2007 for a term of 5 years and became Chair of the Health and Safety Executive when the two organisations merged on 1 April 2008. Judith previously served as a Commissioner between 2002 and 2005. She was awarded her CBE for services to health and safety.
Judith worked in Brussels for the European Chemical Industry Association (CEFIC) in 2006/7. She worked at the Chemical Industries Association as Director of Business and Responsible Care (1998 - 2002) and Director General (2002 - 2006).
Judith began her working career in 1975 with Exxon Chemicals where she spent 15 years in various process management roles at Fawley. She was subsequently European Operations Director of a speciality pigments business before becoming Group Risk Manager at Elementis PLC with world-wide responsibility for health and safety, insurance and litigation. She also served for three years as a non-executive Director of Oxfordshire Health Authority.
Judith trained as a Chemical Engineer at Imperial College, London and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, an Ordinary Member of Council of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute and an Honorary Vice President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2010.
Judith was appointed as a non-Executive Director of the Energy Saving Trust in January 2009. She became a Trustee of the National Coal Mining Museum for England in June 2009.
Judith has also been named as the president-elect of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) for 2013/14. She will take up the role of deputy president in 2012-2013.