Sir Paul Judge
Sir Paul has wide international experience in the commercial, public, political and not-for-profit sectors.
He was Sheriff of the City of London in 2013-14 and is an Alderman of the City of London, the President of the Association of MBAs, the Chairman of the British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, of the Museum of Brands and of St Dunstan’s College, a Member of the Council of the Crown Agents, and the Foundation Master for the City of London Guild of Entrepreneurs. He has honorary degrees from Cambridge, Westminster, City and London South Bank universities.
Internationally he has been a Director
on boards in the USA, Dubai, Johannesburg and Kenya. His honorary offices include being a Member of the Togolese President’s
Investment Advisory Council, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the School of
Management at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and for RANEPA in Moscow and a
Member of the Advisory Boards for the UK-India Business Council, for
Following his education at Cambridge University and at the Wharton Business School, Sir Paul worked for Cadbury Schweppes and then led the buyout of their food interests to form Premier Brands which was successfully sold in 1989. He was subsequently in the 1990’s Chairman of Food from Britain, Director General of the Conservative Party, a Ministerial Adviser at the Cabinet Office and a director of WPP Group plc, Boddington Group plc and Grosvenor Development Capital plc.
He has more recently been President of the Chartered Management Institute (2004-5) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (2008-14), Chairman of the British-North American Committee (2001-14) and Royal Society of Arts (2003-6), Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors (2005-6), Chairman of Teachers TV (2005-8) and of the North American Advisory Council at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House (2008-13), a Member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (2008-10), Trustee and then Deputy Chairman of the American Management Association based in New York (2000-12), Chairman of Schroder Income Growth Fund plc (2005-13), a Director of Standard Bank Group Ltd of Johannesburg (2003-12), of ENRC plc (2007-13), of Abraaj Capital of Dubai (2009-2015), of Tempur-Sealy International of Kentucky (2004-16) and of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (2009-16) and a Special Adviser at Chatham House (2008-16). He was the key benefactor of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.
Paul was born and grew up in London. He went to school firstly at
Christchurch School in Forest Hill, South London, and subsequently to St. Dunstan's College. He was
awarded an Open Scholarship at Trinity
College, Cambridge, where he studied Natural Sciences and Management
Studies, graduating in 1971. He then gained a Thouron Fellowship to the Wharton Business School of the
He spent the first twelve years of his business career with Cadbury Schweppes, working initially in the Overseas Group finance department and becoming Group Deputy Finance Director in 1978 at the age of 28. He was then Managing Director of Cadbury Schweppes Kenya which had three factories and 600 employees. In 1982 he was appointed as Managing Director of Cadbury Typhoo, which had 3,000 employees and a turnover of £150 million. In 1984 he became Group Planning Director and a member of the Group Executive Committee.
In 1985 he initiated and led the £97 million buyout of the UK, Irish and French food businesses of Cadbury Schweppes to form Premier Brands with 6,000 employees and a turnover of £400 million. The company was turned round and developed well, winning the 1989 Grocer/IFE Award as having "the best overall performance of any British food company". Premier Brands was successfully sold for £310 million in 1989.
He then moved into the public and political sectors and became a government-appointed Member of the Milk Marketing Board and Chairman of Food from Britain which led to his being voted the 1992 Food Industry Personality of the Year.
He was Director General of the Conservative Party, a full-time executive appointment for which he chose to take no remuneration, from 1992 until 1995 when the then Party Chairman described him as "the person primarily responsible for improving the management of the Conservative Party organisation and for achieving the turnaround in our financial fortunes". The Party's overdraft was reduced from £19 million when he took over to only £2 million in the 1995-6 accounts. In 1995 he transferred to the Cabinet Office as a Ministerial Adviser, responsible for policy issues such as competitiveness, deregulation, privatisation and information technology strategy until just before the 1997 General Election.
He was the founder of the Jury Team political movement and party.
UK Education Activities
1990 he gave £8 million to the
Other UK Charitable Board Memberships
He was Sheriff of the City of London from September 2013 to September 2014. He is the Foundation Master for the City of London Guild of Entrepreneurs, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Companies of Marketors, Educators and Clothworkers and an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. He previously served as Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts, a Trustee of the Royal Institution, Master of the Worshipful Company of Marketors and President of the Chartered Management Institute and of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
UK Commercial Appointments
As well as his career with Cadbury Schweppes, Sir Paul has previously been Chairman of Schroder Income Growth Fund plc, a main board director of the Boddington Group plc,Grosvenor Development Capital plc, WPP Group plc and ENRC plc and a Member of the Advisory Board for Barclays Wealth (2002-10). He was until October 2016 a Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
Sir Paul is the Chairman of the British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce. He is a Member of the Council of the Crown Agents and of the Togolese President’s Investment Advisory Council, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Management School at RANEPA (the Presidential Russian Academy for National Economy and Public Administration) in Moscow and of the School of Management at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and a Member of the Advisory Boards for the UK-India Business Council, for HEC in Paris and for the Athens University of Economics and Business.
He was previously on the Advisory Board for Lynka Promotional Products of Krakow, Poland and a Director of Standard Bank Group Ltd of South Africa (2003-12), Abraaj Capital Ltd of Dubai (2006-15), of ENRC plc with its operations in Kazakhstan, Africa and Brazil (2007-13) and a Director of Tempur Sealy International Inc of Lexington, Kentucky (where he was a Member of the Audit and Compensation Committees). Honorary positions include being Chairman of the Wharton Board for Europe, Middle East and Africa (2000-09), the North American Advisory Council at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House (2008-13) and the British-North American Committee (2001-14) and a Trustee and Deputy Chairman of The American Management Association (2000-12) where he chaired the Audit Committee.
He is the Alderman of the City of London for the Ward of Tower, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and of the Marketing Society and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He has an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Cambridge, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Westminster, an Honorary Doctor of Science from City University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from London South Bank University. In 1996 he became a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his public and political service.
Updated: 22nd December 2016