Dame Judith Macgregor DCMG LVO

Dame Judith has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2018. Dame Judith was a British Diplomat and served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa from 2013 to 2017.

After graduating from Oxford University , with a first class degree in Modern History,   Dame Judith entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1976, serving first in the former Yugoslavia, and later as First Secretary in Prague and Paris. In 2000 she became FCO Director for Security Policy, and served as Ambassador to Slovakia (2004-6). She was appointed FCO Director for Migration in 2007, then Ambassador to Mexico in 2009, and finally concluded her FCO career as High Commissioner to South Africa in 2013-17.  In 2016, she was made Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for her services to Diplomacy.

Dame Judith was President of the FCO Women’s Association from 2006 -2016,  overseeing a significant increase in the number of FCO women in the senior grades. In 2016 she was the diplomatic representative on the UK Ministerial Committee guiding ODA Science and Research funding with Emerging Powers, including the Newton and Global Challenges Research Fund ( GCRF).

Since leaving the FCO, Dame Judith has taken up a number of private and public sector Non Executive Board Directorships: including with the UK/ Mexico Mining Company, Fresnillo; the British Tourist Authority; the Arts and Humanities Research Council and as Vice Chair of Southampton University. Dame Judith is also Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group to the GCRF and Member of Advisory Groups to Lady Margaret Hall Oxford and to the LSE Ideas Programme.

“I wanted to support UCT’s commitment to foster academic excellence but also to make South Africa a better and more equal society. I believe the Trust’s work is extremely important in helping UCT achieve those ambitions.”